Mahindra has established itself as the leader in the affordable SUV segment in India. Cars like the Bolero, Armada and Scorpio have made the brand extremely popular in the market. While new vehicles like the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta have eaten into the SUV market share of Mahindra, the Scorpio is still the bright spark, doing around 4,000 units per month. Let’s have a look at the real reasons why everyone is still buying a Scorpio.
Well priced base variant
The base version of the Mahindra Scorpio is very well priced that attracts a lot of buyers. Mahindra offers a well-established brand image of Scorpio at a lower price than Tata Safari, and close to top-end Bolero. The S2 variant is priced at Rs. 9.71 lakh, ex-Delhi.
The base variant is powered by an m2DICR 2.5-litre engine that churns out a maximum power of 75 Bhp and 180 Nm of peak torque. The well priced Scorpio attracts a lot of buyers, especially from the rural areas where the SUV has massive brand recall. Even the base 4X4 variant, S4+ is priced smartly for the buyers who want an affordable go-anywhere vehicle.
A variant for everyone
M ahindra currently offers 22 variants of the Scorpio including hybrid variants. Beat that! Mahindra offers a broad range of Scorpio variants that fits into the budget and need of any kind of buyer. If someone wants a basic 2WD SUV that works as a people mover, they can go for the S2 variant.
The Scorpio is also the cheapest 4X4 SUV in India that offers ABS and airbags. For people who love a long list of features, the S10 variant makes perfect fit while the adventure seekers and enthusiasts go for the Scorpio Getaway, a pick-up truck based on the Scorpio. Mahindra also offers automatic variants for the people who look for a hassle free drive.
Rugged and reliable
Scorpio is known for its ruggedness. The heavy duty ladder-on-frame vehicle is made for the Indian conditions and has been developed in India. The Scorpio will guarantee you a peace of mind over rough terrains. The Scorpio is also a reliable SUV that can keep going on for thousands of kilometres without any major issues if the car is serviced regularly.
Soon after the NGT ban on the sale of 2.0-litre and above diesel engines in Delhi-NCR, Mahindra launched the 1.99-litre powered Scorpio. Following that, Mahindra launched the mild-hybrid powered Scorpio with the 2.2-litre mHawk engine.
The Scorpio is the only 7-seater hybrid diesel SUV in the Indian market, and Mahindra has made sure that the vehicle is flexible enough to beat bans. The Scorpio Hybrid is available with all the variants starting from the S4 trim, but Mahindra only offers the manual transmission with the hybrid option.
Up to date
Picture released by Mahindra indicating future Scorpio dashboard
From time to time, Mahindra has put efforts to keep the Scorpio up to date. The current generation of the Scorpio looks significantly different from the first generation of the SUV. The updates are not just limited to the exteriors.
Mahindra has also loaded the vehicle with futuristic features like rain sensors that will automatically switch on the wipers on detecting rain. The car also gets headlamp sensors that switch on the headlamps when the conditions start to become dark. The Scorpio also comes with advanced driver information display that shows various readings like average fuel consumption, distance to empty, service reminder, and tyre pressure monitor with live pressure.
The Scorpio also gets 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Bluetooth, USB, AUX-in and DVD. The screen also offers GPS navigation with as many as ten language support. In short, the Scorpio is up-to-date, and this ensures that the vehicle is still popular despite increasing competition.