Less than two months ago, Mahindra & Mahindra launched the facelifted Scorpio in India. However, the hot selling SUV didn’t get an automatic option at the time of launch. Mahindra did reveal that an automatic variant of the Scorpio Facelift is in the works, but for a launch in 2015. Therefore, a test mule of the facelifted Scorpio SUV with an automatic gearbox doesn’t come as a surprise. One such example was spotted testing on the Gurgaon-Delhi expressway. On its flanks, the test mule of the facelifted Scorpio sported decals that read “automatic”. Expect the facelifted Scorpio Automatic SUV to be launched here next year.
The facelifted Scorpio Automatic could continue using the 6 speed automatic gearbox sourced from German autoparts maker Bosch. The 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbo diesel engine is expected to be carried over from the facelifted model, in 120 Bhp-280 Nm state of tune. It remains to be seen whether Mahindra will offer the Scorpio Automatic in both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive variants, as was the case with the pre-facelift version. The facelifted Scorpio Automatic is expected to be made available only in the top-of-the-line S10 variant, at a price of about 13 lakh rupees for the rear wheel driven variant and 14 lakh rupees for the four wheel drive variant.
The facelifted Scorpio has been going great guns for Mahindra, what with the SUV clocking over 12,000 bookings within a month of launch. The facelifted version of the SUV has received a slew of changes, from the stylistic to the mechanical. More features have been added while robust-ness of certain parts have been increased. Mahindra now offers more optional safety features on the Scorpio, which is a good thing as far as safety is concerned. An all-new, next-generation Scorpio SUV is expected to see a launch sometime in 2017, with the facelifted version likely to ride out the next two years for what is one of the legendary, homegrown SUV brands.
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