The Mahindra Scorpio has been blazing a trail in the Indian car market ever since its arrival in 2002. Now, Mahindra is hard at work, getting the next generation of the Scorpio ready for launch sometime in 2020. Cartoq’s artist-in-residence Vipin Vathoopan has rendered out what the new Scorpio could look like when it arrives in India at the start of the next decade.
The Scorpio has always been known for its muscular looks and Cartoq’s rendering of the next-gen Scorpio takes the SUV’s brawny design to a whole new level. The rendering of the next-gen Scorpio sees the SUV get a brand new front and extremely aggressive front end with new rectangular headlamps with integrated u-shaped LED daytime running lights. The headlamps flank either side of the chunky six-slatted grille.
Underneath sits the sculpted front bumper which features a dual-tone look. LED strips that may act as fog lamps stretching across the triangular air intakes on the sides. Fog lamps sit on either side of the front bumper while at the centre there is an air intake underneath which sits the silver skid plate.
The Scorpio’s bonnet features a large air scoop running across its centre. The sections sitting directly above the headlamps sit slightly lower than the rest of the bonnet and give it a sculpted look.
The A-Pillar of the next-gen Scorpio is quite sharply raked and leads to a flattened roof that has roof rails running across either side. The beltline of the new Scorpio slightly jumps up at the rear thanks to the flared wheel arches.
Wheel arches play host to stylish alloy wheels fitted with chunky tyres and like the bumper up front and the doors feature a darker section with plastic cladding that adds to the rugged look of the new Scorpio. The cladding on the doors features a scooped out section that runs across the centre of the cladded area.
Another take on the design sees sleeker headlamps and no LED strip acting as fog lamps stretching across the triangular air intakes on the front bumper. This version of the design also looks a lot less rugged with cladding only running across the bottom lip of the front bumper, wheel arches and doors. This version of the Scorpio also features more snazzy looking alloy wheels clad in low-profile road tyres.
According to many reports the next-gen Scorpio, which is expected to arrive immediately after the new BS-VI emission norms go into effect on April 1, 2020, and is expected to feature a new powerplant underneath its sculpted bonnet to meet with tightening emission norms. With the government set to further clamp down on emissions in 2023 by introducing the real world emissions testing, expect the Scorpio to feature some sort of electrification ie: a hybrid version at first and a pure electric variant as well.
The electrification of the next-gen Scorpio (codenamed Z101) will be made possible thanks to a new platform that will be shared by quite a few of Mahindra’s next-gen vehicles including the new Scorpio and Thar. The new chassis will also ensure that the new Scorpio meets BNVSAP safety norms along with stricter safety norms in areas like North America and Europe, with the former expected to get a pickup truck version of the Scorpio.