Mahindra will launch a facelifted version of its best-selling Scorpio in the middle of November. A big, welcome change will be power and torque boosts that the SUV will get. CarToq sources have confirmed this development. On the facelifted model, the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine will make 140 Bhp-330 Nm, up from 120 Bhp-280 Nm of the current version.
The 2.5 liter M2DICR turbo diesel motor’s outputs will remain unchanged, at 75 Bhp-180 Nm. The mild hybrid system is not likely to be added to either of the engines. It’s still unclear if the Scorpio’s 5 speed manual gearbox will be retained as is. Meanwhile, the 6 speed automatic gearbox making a reappearance with the facelifted model isn’t confirmed yet.
Other changes on the Scorpio Facelift will be cosmetic. The front end will get a new grille inspired by the Imperio pick up truck. The bumper will see a revision and so will the air dams, which’ll get wider. The alloy wheel design is also likely to be updated in the new model. At the rear, the tail gate will lose some creases, to make for a cleaner look, while the tail lamps will get a refreshed design.
On the inside, Mahindra is expected to load the facelifted SUV with new upholstery for the seats, new colour schemes for the dashboard and a 7 inch infotainment unit on the center console. The infotainment system is likely to get Connected Apps and EcoSense. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay may take a while longer to make it into the Scorpio.
The Scorpio registered its best ever monthly-sales in September, with Mahindra shipping over 6,200 units to dealerships across the country. Demand for this rugged SUV remains strong and the latest facelift is to keep the Scorpio fresh until Mahindra comes with an all-new model. Frequent refreshes have been a constant with the Scorpio – a big factor for the SUV’s continued success in India. The SUV will retain a ladder frame chassis and a rear wheel drive layout as standard. A four wheel drive layout will be optional.