Scorpio was the SUV that put Mahindra on the radar of many people. It was rugged, spacious and could tackle any type of road. The homegrown manufacturer is working on a new generation of the Scorpio which will be replacing the current generation. It is expected to make its way to our country by early 2022. Recently, spy shots of the interior of the 2022 Scorpio were leaked online.
From the pictures, we can see that the new Scorpio will come with roof-mounted speakers. We saw this first on the Mahindra Thar which was launched last year. The speakers mounted in speakers should provide a better sound quality with a decent amount of surround.
Another thing that we can see is the leather upholstery with orange stitching. This will provide an up-market and a premium feels to the cabin. Because the cabin is in a dark theme, Mahindra is also offering an electric sunroof which should let in light to brighten up the cabin. We can see the electric sunroof in the spy pictures. There would be no panoramic sunroof on offer.
The dashboard has also been redesigned entirely. However, it still retains an upright and sturdy look that is important for owners that are looking for a rugged SUV. There is a new touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We can also see a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel. The steering wheel has for controlling the infotainment system and cruise control.
Below the infotainment unit, there are controls for dual-zone climate control and other functions. Then there is a storage space and the test mule that we see in the pictures is equipped with a manual gearbox. There is a large centre console that separates the front passenger and the driver.
Some of the bits and pieces have been carried over from the Mahindra Thar. So, the switches below the climate control, steering stalks, instrument cluster and the multi-information display are shared with the Thar. The steering wheel is also shared with the upcoming XUV 700. However, Scorpio uses satin inserts instead of chrome inserts like the XUV 700. This is because the XUV 700 is a more premium vehicle.
The chassis of the Scorpio is expected to be shared with the new Thar. It is a reworked ladder frame chassis. So, now it offers a better ride quality and handles better also. For the engines, the Scorpio would get a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine.
The engines will be shared with the Thar. However, they will be tuned to produce more power and torque figures. This is because Scorpio is a larger and heavier vehicle than the Thar. The diesel engine should produce around 150 PS and the petrol engine should produce around 170 PS. Both the engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. There will be also a 4×4 drivetrain on offer on the higher variants. The 2022 Scorpio will command a premium over the current Scorpio.