The Mahindra Scorpio is one of India’s most popular and recognizable SUVs. Modified examples abound. From tasteful examples to some really wild and wacky ones, modified Mahindra Scorpios keep surfacing now and there. Here’s one such modified Scorpio, which clearly belongs to wild and wacky territory. And guess what, it’s a 13 year old Scorpio that has now assumed an entirely new identity thanks to this mod job.
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This Mahindra Scorpio has a totally revamped front end that lends it much of the wackiness. The front end is sharp and angular, quite in contrast with that of the stock Scorpio. There are round LED projector headlamps that replace the squarish units of the stock SUV, and the rounded fiber bumper has been swapped for a much sharper looking all-steel item. Also, the SUV gets a skid plate, again fashioned out of metal, and painted red for a contrast effect.
There’s a big light bar sitting right on top of the front bumper, and this is sure to blind most of not all incoming traffic. The saving grace is that the light bar isn’t mounted on the roof. The roof has marker lights instead, and this is actually a nice touch.
The skid plate has Mahindra proudly emblazoned on it, and it’s refreshing to see a modified example not trying to ape a Hummer, BMW and what not. The turn indicators now sit on the bonnet, a-la-Mercedes G-Wagen, or Force Gurkha if you will. The bonnet also gets a massive hood scoop and an interesting hood ornament finished in chrome.
Moving on, the sides of the SUV continue the angular theme, with butch and edgy fenders and chunky cladding. At the rear, the SUV gets a metal bumper with the tyre now getting hosted on a tyre carrier. The tail lamps have been blacked out, and the whole SUV has been finished in matte grey-black paint to give it a ‘stealth’ look. The tubeless tyres that this modified SUV rides on are stock, while the alloy wheels are aftermarket units but in 16 inch size.
As detailed earlier, this Mahindra Scorpio is a 2006 version, powered by the 2.6 liter CRDe turbocharged diesel engine that’s no longer offered by Mahindra. The SUV is the second generation version of the Scorpio, and the 2.6 liter diesel motor makes 115 Bhp of peak power and 280 Nm of peak torque. A five speed manual gearbox drives the rear wheels of this example. Even back then, the Scorpio was available with a 4X4 transfer case option.
Coming to the current Mahindra Scorpio, a lot has changed including the chassis of the SUV. The latest Scorpio is available with 2 engine options – a 2.5 liter M2DICR turbo diesel motor with 75 Bhp-220 Nm and a 2.2 liter mHawk turbocharged diesel engine in two states of tune – 120 Bhp-280 Nm and 140 Bhp-320 Nm. The Scorpio’s top-end variant, which gets the more powerful engine, is available with a 4X4 transfer case as an option.