Indian Army buys Mahindra Scorpio Classic again: Second order for 1,850 SUVs placed

In a rather significant piece of news, the land-based largest component of the Indian Armed Forces—the Indian Army—has recently placed an order for an additional 1,850 units of the Mahindra Scorpio Classic SUV. This new order follows a previous purchase of 1,470 units earlier this year, highlighting the continued preference for this rugged SUV in the Army. The army-specific Mahindra Scorpio Classic comes in an Olive green shade and was seen parked in the stockyard a while ago.

Indian Army buys Mahindra Scorpio Classic again: Second order for 1,850 SUVs placed


Leaked pictures of the army-specific Scorpio Classic, which surfaced online in January, provided some insight into the distinctive features of these army-specific vehicles. As mentioned, the Mahindra Scorpio for the Indian Army was finished in a light Olive Green shade and was equipped with a thick black cladding on half of the body to offer enhanced protection during off-road maneuvers. The roof rails from the civilian version were retained, as were the alloy wheels, albeit finished in silver for the army variant.


Designed to meet the specific needs of the Indian Army, the Scorpio Classic incorporated practical elements as well. It featured a tow hook attachment that allows for the transportation of portable storage carts and small-caliber artillery weapons. The exterior design showcased chrome accents limited to the badges and front grille, while the remaining trimmings were blacked out. Notably, the rear of the SUV proudly displayed a 4WD insignia as well.


The interior of the army-spec Scorpio Classic closely resembled the standard top-end model. It boasted a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fully automatic temperature control, 2nd row AC vents, a faux leather steering wheel, tilt steering, a 12V power outlet, and comfortable fabric seat upholstery. Safety remained a priority, with dual airbags, collapsible steering, engine immobilizer, anti-theft warning, speed alert, and auto door lock while driving ensuring the well-being of army personnel.

Under the hood, it is believed that the army-specific Scorpio Classic is powered by the same engine found in the standard outgoing model. This robust SUV is equipped with a new aluminum construction 2.2-liter diesel engine, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and drive-by-wire technology. The powertrain delivers commanding performance, generating 132 bhp of maximum power and 300 Nm of torque in civilian guise.


Mahindra’s cooperation with the Indian Army to provide the Scorpio Classic SUVs demonstrates its dedication to assisting the armed services of India. Meanwhile, the army’s decision to purchase an extra 1,850 units enhances cooperation and recognizes the Scorpio Classic’s dependability and versatility in a range of operational circumstances. The Scorpio Classic, an adaptable and durable vehicle, will be joining the Indian Army’s fleet of reliable 4x4s, which also includes the Force Gurkha, Tata Xenon, Safari Storme, and Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.

Utkarsh Deshmukh

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