The development and testing of new Mahindra vehicles like the Scorpio and the Thar are going on full throttle these days. Spy shots of camouflaged Scorpios have been popping up on the internet frequently. However, the interiors of the next generation Scorpio have been caught on camera recently for the first time till now. The image below from Autocar India shows the dashboard of the SUV along with the steering and other bits. Since the image is of a test car, the interiors too have been draped in camouflage sheets to avoid any.
By the look of it, we can say that the whole dashboard layout has been altered quite a bit compared to the current generation model. It seems to be wider and taller than found on the model it is set to replace. The AC vents on the side now are tall verticle units. The central dashboard gets a design that suggests the presence of a large touchscreen infotainment system on production models. It could be the Alturas G4’s 9-inch unit while lowe spec trims will be happy with a 7-inch unit found on the Marazzo and the XUV300. The new generation Scorpio will have front facing seats for all rows in lieu with the latest safety norms. The interior components, as well as switchgear on the new Scorpio, is likely to be picked from the Marazzo. This could include the steering wheel, gear knob, control stalks and even the instrument cluster.
A lot of spy shots showing the exterior body of the new Scorpio have surfaced of late which gives one a decent idea of how the new SUV could look like. The SUV is expected to get longer and wider the current model. The could mean that the SUV will get more spacious, and Mahindra is expected to focus on making the middle row more comfortable. According to ACI, the new Scorpio was conceptualised and shaped at Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre in Detroit, United States, and has been engineered and developed at the Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai.
The new Scorpio will be powered by a newly developed 2-litre 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that’ll be found on other future Mahindra vehicles like the Thar and the XUV500, albeit in a different state of tune. On the Scorpio, this engine is expected to make 160 Bhp of peak power. This motor will make the new Scorpio the most powerful body-on-ladder frame equipped SUV that Mahindra has produced. Also, it will be BS6 compliant which will affect its pricing to some extent.
It’ll be launched in India sometime next year, and could be first showcased at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo, which will happen in February next year. The new SUV is expected to get a lot pricier than the outgoing model too due to various factors like BSVI compliance, bigger body, and more powerful engine among other. .