Indian utility vehicle giant Mahindra & Mahindra has already kickstarted production of the facelifted, 2015 Scorpio SUV. The facelifted Scorpio SUV will be the first major product launch for Mahindra in 2014, with a festive season launch on cards. The facelifted Scorpio has been testing extensively across varied Indian terrain, from the Himalayan heights of the north to the sultry coastlines of the south.
Like the pre-facelift model, the facelifted Scorpio will continue to roll out of Mahindra’s Nashik factory in Maharashtra. Mahindra plans to build up a 5,000 unit strong inventory of the Scorpio Facelift before the SUV’s market launch. The production build up is intended to satisfy the stiff demand that the facelifted SUV is expected to garner, a-la-XUV500 when it was launched 3 years ago, in the winter of 2011.
In terms of design, the facelifted Scorpio will get a rash of changes, with a completely revamped front end, LED tail lamps and revised interiors with many bits borrowed from the more upmarket XUV500. Apart from a cosmetic makeover, the facelifted Scorpio will also gain a slew of new features, making it one of the better rounded ladder frame SUVs in the 8-12 lakh rupee segment.
The Scorpio is expected to retain the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine, the 5 speed manual gearbox, the rear and four wheel drive layouts. However, refinements to the drivetrain are expected although a power and torque bump up might be reserved for the all-new model lined up for beyond 2015. Other expected improvements on the 2015 Scorpio includes the suspension, to make for a flatter ride. The ladder frame chassis will be retained.
In terms of pricing, expect the 2015 Mahindra Scorpio to retain its sub-XUV500 positioning, with a slight price increase for the additional features in tow. The 7 seat SUV will take on the likes of the Tata Safari 2.2 DICOR and the Force One. Price wise, the 2015 Scorpio is also expected to rub shoulders with the Ford EcoSport Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, thus giving Mahindra a very wide playing field.