Mahindra Scorpio has carved out a niche market for itself. Scorpio has a butch and rugged styling and is not like the other mid-size SUVs that are based on the monocoque chassis. Scorpio still uses a ladder-frame chassis which we don’t see on regular SUVs. Here, we have a Mahindra Scorpio that has been modified by well known DC North East.
The SUV has been finished in a matte black paint job. There is a separate fan base of Mahindra Scorpio finished in black colour. The iconic 6-slat grille of Mahindra has been replaced by a new grille that gets a horizontal strip with a small LED strip. The bumper has also been redesigned and there is a new bonnet scoop that gets a very subtle DC branding.
On the side, there are new alloy wheels with 5-spokes and there are roof rails also. At the rear, there is a slightly redesigned bumper and a DC badge. DC has not changed the headlamps, tail lamps or the side profile of the SUV.
Overall, DC North East has done a good job of increasing the road presence of the SUV. The Scorpio now looks more butch and stealthy. The matte black paint job suits the Scorpio. DC also did not make any changes to the interior of the cabin.
New-gen Scorpio coming soon
Mahindra is working on an all-new generation of Scorpio for quite some time now. It is expected to launch in the first quarter of next year. The 2022 Scorpio will be larger than the current Scorpio. It will also be based on a reworked version of a ladder frame chassis. This should help in improving the handling and ride quality of the SUV.
Engine and gearbox
New-Gen Scorpio will be offered with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The engines will be shared with the Mahindra Thar and the XUV700. But they will be in a different state of tune. Both engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Mahindra will also offer a 4×4 drivetrain on the higher variants.
Mahindra has retained the boxy design language of the Scorpio. It still gets square headlamps but they are now twin LED projectors. There will be a larger front grille with 6-slats and C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps with LED foglamps.
At the side, there are new larger alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres. Mahindra is also offering roof rails which we expect would be functional. Then we come to the rear, where there would be LED tail lamps, a high mounted stop lamp, a shark-fin antenna and a rear wiper with a washer.
There will be many changes to the interior as well. It will now have a black and brown theme. There would be a new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It would get a new multi-function steering wheel and the instrument cluster will be borrowed from the Mahindra Thar.