Mahindra has been very successful in the past 2 years with its SUVs. They will now be launching the new-gen Scorpio in the Indian market. They have started releasing teasers of the new SUV. There have been several spy shots of the 2022 Scorpio. Now, there are new spy shots that show two bonnet scoops on the bonnet.
The current Scorpio also gets a bonnet scoop but it is fake on the lower power models whereas Mahindra makes it functional on the higher-end variants that have more power. Mahindra could use the same strategy for the 2022 Scorpio. Because they will offer a less powerful tune of the diesel engine on the lower variants whereas the higher variants will be more powerful.
The bonnet scoop is very effective in cooling the engine if designed correctly. Or it could create drag in airflow, a place for bugs, dust and water to gather. Having said that, bonnet scoops do enhance the look of the vehicles substantially. They give a very butch and imposing look to the SUVs. We have seen bonnet scoop on the current generation Scorpio and it does look very aggressive and helps in increasing the road presence.
Quite recently, a test mule of the Scorpio was spotted with a paper pasted on the windshield that depicted the diesel engine’s tune. The lower variants of the new-gen Scorpio will come with the same engine tune that we get on the Thar. So, it is still the same 2.2-litre mHawk unit. It produces 130 Ps of max power. The torque output was not mentioned but we can assume it to be around 300 Nm.
It was also mated to a manual gearbox which will be a 6-speed unit. Moreover, it was a two-wheel drive version so it came with a rear-wheel drive powertrain. There would also be a 4×4 system on offer but that is expected to come on the higher-end variants of the SUV.
The higher-end variants could get the same tune as the XUV700’s MX trim. It produces 155 Ps of max power and 360 Nm of peak torque. The transmission options could include a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The current Scorpio’s base S3+ trim produces 120 PS and 280 Nm whereas the other variants produce 140 Ps and 319 Nm. Moreover, the base trim comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox whereas the rest of the variants get a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The new Scorpio is also expected to come with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. The power output of the engine is expected to be around 160 bhp. It will also be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Mahindra could reveal the new-gen Scorpio in June this year because it is the 20th anniversary of the SUV as it was launched back in 2002. The manufacturer has codenamed it Z101 and till now the teasers have not revealed the SUV. Although, we can see the overall silhouette of the new Scorpio.