Mahindra is testing their upcoming vehicles before the launch which have been spied quite a few times. Recently, the upcoming Scorpio and the upcoming XUV500 were spied together on a test on our Indian roads. Both the SUVs are getting major upgrades with a new exterior as well as the interior. With the launch of the 2020 Thar, Mahindra has created a lot of hype around its upcoming vehicles. Everyone wants to see what new the upcoming Scorpio and the XUV500 brings.
When the SUV500 was first launched it brought up many first in segment features which the Indian market had never seen till then. The new XUV500 is expected to do the same. However, it will be more difficult for Mahindra this time because the competition since then has increased exponentially. Back then SUVs were not so much in trend and today everyone wants an SUV. So, the XUV500 have some big shoes to fill.
From the spy shots, we can see a more upright design language increasing the SUV proportions of the XUV500. It gets a newly designed front grille with Mahindra’s six vertical slat design. We can see the new C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED headlamps, sculpted bonnet and an overall more aggressive design. From the side, we can see newly designed alloy wheels, a prominent hip and new door handles that sit flush with the bodywork. At the rear, it will get LED tail lamps, rear wiper with washer and new bumpers.
Mahinda will also offer a panoramic sunroof and dual-tone cabin, which will open up a sense of airiness. It will also get dual screens that will sit in continuation mimicking a look of one big horizontal screen. The design is inspired by the Mercedes-Benz models. Mahindra would have also reworked the monocoque chassis so that the SUV rides and handles better.
Other than this, it will get a new 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine and a new 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. The diesel engine will produce 185 PS while the petrol engine will produce 190 PS. Both the engines will be producing around 380 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines will offer a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The SUV is expected to get launched in mid of 2021.
On the other hand, we don’t have much information about the new generation Scorpio. What we do know is that it will be based on a reworked ladder-frame chassis. The overall design of the SUV now looks boxier and the dimensions of the SUV has also gone up. It will get dual LED projector headlamps and C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps in the lower half of the bumper. It will also get Mahindra’s six vertical slat grille. The front grille and the air intakes now look bigger than the outgoing generation. From the side, we can see a new set of 5-spoke alloy wheels and roof-rails. At the rear, we will still get a side-hinged door and vertically stacked tail lamps. It will also be powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which will produce 150 PS and 320 Nm. Whereas the 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine will produce 150 PS and 320 Nm. Both the engines will get a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Mahindra 2021 Scorpio is expected to launch in the second half of 2021.