Mahindra has quietly introduced a new variant of the Scorpio – the 4×4 SLE variant and priced it at Rs. 10.72 lakh ex-showroom Bangalore. That takes the total number of 4×4 variants of the Scorpio to four – the LX 4×4, VLX 4×4 (manual), VLX 4×4 (automatic) and now this SLE 4×4.
The Mahindra Scorpio SLE variant of the Scorpio adds a bit of safety and more equipment to the Scorpio, over the bare-bones LX 4×4 (priced at Rs. 9.66 lakh), and is a good buy for those who want a functional 4×4 with some degree of kit without the added features that the top-end VLX 4×4 offers (priced at Rs. 11.81 lakh).
Features of Scorpio SLE 4×4
The Scorpio SLE 4×4 comes with ABS (anti-lock braking), which is an essential safety feature, especially for a vehicle like the Scorpio. It also gets a voice-messaging system that warns the driver verbally about open doors, engaged handbrake or any other issues with the vehicle. Other features include powered outside mirrors, manual HVAC with rear vents, defogger, rear wiper, front fog lamps, keyless entry with immobilizer, power windows, central locking, etc.
It does not have a music system, but is fully wired to accept one, which means you can fit a good aftermarket music system of your choice directly. In terms of body differences with the LX, the SLE also comes with full body-coloured cladding, moulded door pads, and a rear seat arm rest. It is available as a seven-seater, with two jump seats in the boot. Also read: Tata Safari Storme vs. Mahindra Scorpio!
Decent off-road performance
The engine is a 2.2 litre M-Hawk diesel engine that puts out 120 bhp of power and 290 Nm of torque. This is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. In addition it gets a 4×4 Borg-Warner transfer case, with an electronic shift-on-the-fly feature. It has three modes – two-wheel drive, driving the rear wheels, 4H – four-wheel drive high ratio and 4H – four-wheel drive low for extreme off-road conditions. The front-wheels feature auto-locking 4×4 hubs, which allow for better fuel efficiency when the vehicle is in two-wheel drive, by freeing up the drivetrain, reducing drag on the system. Also read: Mahindra Scorpio long-term owner review
What we think
The Mahindra Scorpio 2.2 Mhawk SLE 4×4 is a vehicle that those who want a competent off-roader and want to customize to their taste should look at. Adding an infotainment system of your choice, parking sensors and alloy wheels, would complete the transformation of the vehicle, and also give it that individuality that you need. Having ABS as a standard feature is welcome. With the addition of this variant, Mahindra now offers four 4×4 Scorpio variants at different budgets, and this should comprehensively take care of competitors such as the Tata Safari Storme that offers it only on the VX variant at Rs. 13.66 lakh and the upcoming Renault Duster 4×4, which is likely to be priced over Rs. 12.5 lakh. If you want a good 4×4 SUV that isn’t over priced and can be customized to your liking, this is a good choice. Also read: Mahindra Scorpio 4×4 road test and review