Mahindra has been working on the new generation of Scorpio for quite some time now. The test mules of the SUV has been spied many times on our Indian roads. It has been spied doing high-speed testing, high altitude testing and now there is a video that has surfaced on the internet in which we can see two test mules undergoing a tow test. The video has been uploaded by MRD Cars on their YouTube channel.
We can see that there are two 2021 Scorpios and it seems like the front one is pulling the rear one. Mahindra knows that the Scorpio is known for its ruggedness and people use it roughly. So, it is important that the new generation of the Scorpio lives up to its name. The 2021 Scorpio is expected to be unveiled around the festive season of 2021.
The first thing you would notice is the sheer size of the 2021 Scorpio. The SUV’s dimensions have gone up. It is now longer and wider than the current generation. The size of the SUV does affect the road presence. The Scorpio will now have more dominance and more road presence when it hits the Indian market.
There is a new grille up-front. It still is a 6-slat grille like we have seen on other Mahindra vehicles. However, it is much larger. There is also a wide air dam below in the bumper and it seems like there will also be a faux skid plate. Flanking the grille are the C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps in which sits the LED fog lamps. There is a flat and muscular bonnet with some character lines. There are new twin-pod LED projector headlamps that should offer more visibility as compared to current projector halogen headlamps.
From the side, we can see just how massive the new Scorpio really is. The doors are larger and the rear overhang is larger. It runs on 10-spoke alloy wheels that are wrapped in MRF Wanderer tyres. It will also come with roof rails which as of now we do not know will be functional or will only be there for aesthetic purposes. 2021 Scorpio also uses conventional door handles instead of flush sitting door handles that we have seen on the 2021 XUV 700 which Mahindra has already started teasing.
At the rear, there will still be a side-hinged tailgate with a door handle to open the tailgate. The tailgate itself is up-right and the LED tail lamps are placed vertically. There will also be a rear wiper with a washer, shark-fin antenna and a high mounted stop lamp.
Mahindra will be offering the new Scorpio with a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine and the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. These are the same engines that we have seen on the new Thar. The petrol engine is turbocharged and comes with direct injection. The power outputs of both the engines are expected to be more than the Thar as Scorpio is a bigger vehicle. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.