Current-generation Mahindra Scorpio will not be discontinued: Facelift spied

While Mahindra prepping up to launch the all-new generation of the Scorpio is not a new thing to hear, we have a surprise for you. A recent spy shot suggests that Mahindra has not given up wholly with the current-gen model and is testing an updated version of the same.

Current-generation Mahindra Scorpio will not be discontinued: Facelift spied

In the spy shot by MotorBeam, we can see a test mule of the current generation Mahindra Scorpio being tested with its front grille, front bumper, fenders and lower part of the door panels covered in camouflage. This picture suggests that the current-generation Scorpio will co-exist with the all-new model, which is scheduled to launch in 2022.

It is visible that the test mule is running with steel wheels and gets halogen headlamps at the front. So, it indicates that it is a lower-spec model of the Scorpio. If this test mule is under development for a possible launch, we expect that the new-gen model will be a higher-priced alternative, with the current-gen model co-existing with it in its lower-spec models with changes to its exterior and list of features.

In terms of looks, the spy shot suggests that this version of Scorpio will come with a revised front fascia with a new front grille and bumper. Apart from that, not many changes are expected to be there on the outside. The cabin layout on the inside will continue to be the same as well, with the lower-spec variant getting only the essential features.

New Mahindra Scorpio will come with the same diesel engine

This facelifted version of the current-gen Mahindra Scorpio will get the 120 bhp version of the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which makes 140 bhp of power in higher variants of the Scorpio. The engine pumps out a torque output of 280 Nm and is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive as standard.

Currently, the base-spec version of the Mahindra Scorpio starts for Rs 12.77 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which is expected to see a minor hike with this new facelift. This facelift might be available in only the range-starting trims, as the all-new Scorpio is already on its way as a more premium and urban-looking SUV as compared to the current model.

We have seen several examples of such a thing in the past, which manufacturers like Fiat, Ford and Honda executing this trick to not part with their well-selling models. Fiat continued to sell old-gen Linea as Linea Classic after the arrival of the new facelifted Linea, and Ford did the same by renaming the old Fiesta as Classic after bringing in the all-new generation Fiesta. Even Honda is doing the same by selling both fourth-generation and fifth-generation models of the City side-by-side, with the former only available in lower-spec variants.