As we all know that Mahindra is currently working on a new generation of Scorpio. Here, is a video of the Scorpio with production-ready specifications which is being tested on the Shimla highway in Punjab. The video was shot by Dennis Kalyana and was uploaded on his YouTube channel. The video showcases the rear and some of the rear third quarter of the production-spec Scorpio. We can see how the Scorpio will fit in on the Indian roads and what will be the rear stance of the SUV. We can also see the strong road presence of the SUV.
The 2021 Scorpio seems much larger than the current generation. It also seems to be taller with the rear bumper quite low towards the ground. There is a door handle placed on the tailgate so we can confirm that it will still offer a side-hinged tailgate. The tail lamps look production-spec but are covered with camouflage.
There is a rear wiper with washer and a high mounted stop lamp on the spoiler. The reflectors are placed in the lower half of the bumper where there will also be rear parking sensors. We can also see the newly designed alloy wheels and regular door handles on the side of the door.
Mahindra is not using the flush-sitting door handles with the Scorpio because it will increase the cost whereas XUV500 being a more expensive SUV will get them. Being a tall vehicle, Mahindra is offering side steps for easy ingress and egress. There are also roof rails which we expect should be functional on the production-sped model.
The front of the Scorpio will come with six vertical slat Mahindra grille. There are bigger air dams that use honeycomb pattern now. There are C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps placed below where usually the fog lamps are. It will get dual-projector headlamp setup with LEDs instead of halogens. However, the lower-spec variants are still expected to get halogen headlamps.
The interior of the SUV will also see a significant improvement in terms of quality and equipment level. It will get an infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the instrument cluster will be similar to the one we have seen on the 2020 Thar and will come with a Multi-information display. There will be automatic climate control, push-button to start/stop, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, leather upholstery, rear parking camera and much more.
Mahindra Scorpio 2021 will be based on a reworked ladder frame chassis to improve the ride quality. It will be powered by the same set of engines that are available on the 2020 Thar. So, there will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. However, Mahindra will retune the engine to produce more power as the Scorpio is a much larger vehicle.
So, the 2.0-litre turbo petrol is expected to produce somewhere around 150 to 180 PS whereas the 2.2-litre diesel engine will be producing 150 PS. The torque output will be around 300 Nm to 320 Nm. Both the engines will be connected 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The top-end variants will feature a proper 4×4 system so you could take the Scorpio for off-roading. The 2021 Scorpio is expected to launch in the second half of 2021.