Snapshot: Mahindra & Mahindra continues to test the facelifted Scorpio SUV extensively. Due for a launch later this year, the facelifted Scorpio will be available with a 5 speed manual gearbox and a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The automatic variant of the SUV is the latest version of the facelifted Scorpio has been spotted doing the testing rounds.
Apart from depicting an automatic gearbox through the gated gearshifter typical of automatic cars, the spyshots also reveal bits of the SUV’s interiors including the revised instrumentation console and the squarish air conditioning vents, a departure from the round units found on the outgoing Scorpio.
Also, the dashboard sees different design elements, now oriented towards squares than the circles that the outgoing Scorpio comes with. Also, the facelifted Scorpio borrows the steering wheel from the XUV500 crossover. The upholstery will see a refresh.
However, the SUV retains its 2+3+3 seating layout with the last two seats consisting of side-facing units. Under the hood, status quo is likely to be maintained with the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine in 120 Bhp-290 Nm state of tune to be carried over unchanged.
The facelifted Scorpio’s other engine options could include the 2.6 liter (115 Bhp-280 Nm) CRDe diesel motor on the Getaway twin cab, pick up truck version and the 2.5 liter m2DICR diesel engine (75 Bhp-220 Nm) on the cut-price EX variant.
While most variants of the facelifted Scorpio will be rear wheel driven, select variants will get a shift-on-the-fly Borg Warner 4X4 transfer case. In terms of the aesthetics on the outside, the front end will see a different grille, bumper and projector headlamps with a smoked finish.
The rear will see the X’Mas tree brake light set up making way for rectangular units reminiscent of the ones found on the Tata Safari Storme. All in all, the facelifted Scorpio will be an upgrade to keep sales strong until the all new model arrives a couple of years from now.
2014 Mahindra Scorpio SUV Facelift: All you need to know
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