Snapshot: Apart from the Quanto compact SUV equipped with a semi-automatic gearbox (AMT) and the Ssangyong Rexton with a new, 2 liter turbo diesel engine, Mahindra & Mahindra didn’t show any other product that has a launch scheduled for later this year. A notable absentee was the facelifted version of the Mahindra Scorpio SUV, whose test mules continue to be spotted testing across the length and breadth of India. CarToq got in touch with sources close to the Scorpio Facelift’s development to fish out at the following details.
The facelifted Mahindra Scorpio SUV is just months away from an official launch. Although some reports claim that the Scorpio Facelift is being primed for a festive season (Id-Dusshera-Diwali) launch this year, CarToq sources indicate that the launch will happen much before that, in the first half of 2014 itself.
The reason behind Mahindra not showcasing the 2014 Scorpio Facelift at the Auto Expo has to do with the automaker not wanting people to stop buying the current (pre-facelift) version of the Scorpio in anticipation of the upcoming facelifted version of the SUV.
To summarize, Mahindra is clearing stocks of the pre-facelift version of the Scorpio in the run up to the facelifted version’s launch. the facelifted 2014 Scorpio SUV will feature a revised design on the outside while the interiors will borrow parts from the flagship XUV500 crossover.
The facelifted Scorpio will motor on until an all-new model arrives in say a year or two. The facelifted Scorpio will retain the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine in the 120 Bhp-290 Nm state of tune. The 5 speed manual and the 6 speed automatic gearboxes will also be retained, along with the rear wheel drive and four wheel drive (with low ratio) layouts.