Mahindra’s facelift for the Scorpio seems to be working very well. The market continues to love the 7 seat SUV, and guess what, the Scorpio has actually outsold cheaper priced compact SUVs in a big way. In March 2018, Mahindra sold a whopping 5,905 units of the Scorpio. Now, Ford sold 5,344 units of the EcoSport Facelift and Tata sold 4,405 units of the Nexon. That the Scorpio is outselling much smaller and cheaper SUVs goes on to highlight how popular the ladder frame SUV continues to be in the Indian market. Prices of the Scorpio start from Rs. 10 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
While the facelift has made the Scorpio look fresher than before, it’s not the facelift alone that is driving sales. The Scorpio brand is huge in rural and semi-urban India. The SUV has massive aspirational value, and it’s these markets that are buying the latest version by the truck load.
Mahindra cleverly sells a cut-price S3 variant of the Scorpio Facelift to such markets. The S3 variant uses a less powerful, 2.5 liter M2DICR turbocharged diesel engine tuned to produce 75 Bhp of peak power and 220 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox is a 5 speed manual unit that drives the rear wheels.
All other variants of the Scorpio are powered by the 2.2 liter mHawk turbocharged diesel engine available in two states of tune – 120 Bhp and 280 Nm, and 140 Bhp and 320 Nm. Both tunes support rear wheel drive systems. While the less powerful tune gets a 5 speed manual gearbox, the more powerful tune uses a new, 6 speed manual gearbox.
The more powerful tune is also available with a four wheel drive layout with both low and high ranges. Mahindra has cut down on the number of variants. The more powerful version of the Scorpio is now available with S5, S5 140 HP, S7, S7 140 HP and S11 140 HP 4WD variants. Airbags and ABS are standard on these variants.