In 1998 Tata launched India’s 1st Indigenous SUV the Tata Safari. Mahindra was not a brand to settle and for a viewing seat. So in 2002 Mahindra launched the 2nd indigenous SUV in India called the Scorpio. This car was more focussed on style than hardcore SUV capabilities. Mahindra Scorpio has developed a great fan following.It is a lot more efficient now and the price remains the same too. With a lot of improvements the Scorpio is almost a new vehicle. Let us check what all is new in the Mahindra Scorpio.
Mahindra Scorpio Price
|S4 Intelli-Hybrid||INR 12,35,660|
|S4 1.99||INR 12,35,660|
|S4 Plus 1.99||INR 12,84,829|
|S4 Plus Intelli-Hybrid||INR 12,84,829|
|S6 Plus Intelli-Hybrid||INR 14,03,171|
|S6 Plus 1.99||INR 14,06,231|
|S4 Plus 4WD 1.99||INR 14,34,215|
|S4 Plus 4WD Intelli-Hybrid||INR 14,34,215|
|S8 1.99||INR 15,28,912|
|S8 Intelli-Hybrid||INR 15,28,912|
|Adventure LE 2WD||INR 15,55,148|
|S10 1.99||INR 16,08,670|
|S10 2WD Intelli-Hybrid||INR 16,08,670|
|Adventure LE 4WD||INR 16,84,289|
|S10 AT||INR 17,08,428|
|S10 4WD 1.99||INR 17,47,036|
|S10 4WD Intelli-Hybrid||INR 17,47,036|
|S10 4WD AT||INR 18,50,840|
From a price of INR 11 lakhs to almost INR 19 lakhs, Mahindra have loaded the Scorpio with option with 19 variants the Scorpio has targeted a very large price bracket. Catering to customer for regular commuting to 4×4 option for the adventurous.
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Mahindra Scorpio Specifications
|Engine||2523 cc / 2179 cc / 1997 cc|
|Power||75 bhp @ 3200 rpm / 120 bhp @ 4000 rpm / same|
|Torque||200 Nm @ 1400-2200 rpm / 280 Nm @ 1800-2800 rpm / same|
Mahindra Scorpio Dimensions
|Width||1820 mm ( Excluding Orvms)|
|Ground Clearance||205 mm|
|Kerb Weight||2510 kgs|
Mahindra Scorpio Colours
The Scorpio is available in the following colours.
- Fiery Black
- Diamond White
- Mist Silver
- Molten Red
- Regal Blue
Mahindra Scorpio Exterior
Though the chassis and body metal has changed for the new generation, the basic design of the Mahindra Scorpio remains the same, with alterations to minute body works. The front grill is the same size but the claw chrome strips on both sides of the logo look both sportier and classy. That is a strange combo but actually looks good. The bonnet and the bumper touch like k9’s of a wild animal but that’s the whole cheetah inspired look that Mahindra tries so hard to portray.
The dual headlamps with one being projector really looks good on the Mahindra Scorpio and is quite functional and powerful too.The fog lamps sit over a fibre cladding that protects it showing Mahindra attention to minute detailing. The air intake scoop on the bonnet adds to the masculine feel.
The body of the work of the bumper extends to the wheel arcs on the front fender and that continues to the cladding onto the doors which further continues to the wheel arcs on the rear panel and bumper. This is a nice flowing design that is typical of the Mahindra Scorpio.
In the cladding on the rear door is the Scorpio badging. The B and C pillar are black to add to the sportier feel. The 5 spoke alloys are a bit bigger going from 16 to 17 inches but the thin profile of the 5 spokes makes them look smaller.
The back is typically flat and D pillar is also black. In earlier models this was a part for the tail lamps now is a sport black cladding. The tail lamps are now D shaped LEDs and look great. The spoiler get a bit longer which is also nice. The rear brake light shifts from the spoiler to the centre top position of the rear wind screen.
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Mahindra Scorpio Interior
More than the exteriors, it is the interiors that have the maximum refreshment in the Mahindra Scorpio. Not just the design, also the styling, shade and quality. The 4 spoke steering though looks bigger but is a bit smaller giving for more a car like feel. It now gets steering mounted controls and the downward flow of the silver strip looks great. The Hexagonal design of the speedometer and tachometer with the information display between the two looks futuristic. The A/C vents now get chrome rings to add to the bling. The entire dash is now split with darker shade of grey with a light shade.
There is a further a chrome Scorpio badging on he co-drivers side dash too. The centre console o f the Mahindra Scorpiois dark grey cladded and has a nice 7 inch touch screen which is just above the now fully automatic climate control. Now even the seats are dual tone with grey and blue. Both the driver and co-passengers side gets armrest. And these are small details that a very well appreciated.
The 2nd row seats are flat but have more cushin now and come with better thigh support. The 3rd row as as usual opposite facing jump seats.
The space in the Mahindra Scorpio remains the same. . The front row seats are large and spacious. The second row are a tad tight on knee room but there is ample of head room. The third row is majorly for short distance travel. The Scorpio’s quality and fit and finish are much improved. The Mahindra Scorpio Intelli Hybrid with its evolved interiors is a good option to consider.
The Mahindra Scorpio does come loaded with a lot of features, however most of the features are available from S8 and S10, and till S6, the bells and whistles are limited. The features on S10 include dual airbags, ABS, touch-screen music system with Bluetooth connectivity and Aux and USB connectivity, reverse parking sensor and satellite navigation system. Majority of the features like touch screen, navigation etc are available only in the top-of-the-line S10 variant. This variant also features indications by voice.
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Mahindra Scorpio Engine
Mahindra has kept 3 engine options. The 1997 cc specifically for delhi as they have a limit on the engine capacity of not above 2. Litres. So that customers do not have to suffer Mahindra has managed to pull out similar engine specs as of the 2.2 litre from the 2 litre engine. The BHP and Torque figures remain same.
The 5 speed gearbox works well in the Mahindra Scorpio and now does not slip like before during shifts. Also unlike before the movement of the gear lever is not much and is easy to drive even in city conditions. The torque kicks in early reducing the no of gear shifts. I may be greedy but was hoping Mahindra gave 6-speed gear on the new Scorpio.
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Mahindra Scorpio Mileage
|2.5 litre||15.4 km/l|
|2.2 Litre||16.1 km/l|
Mahindra Scorpio Driving Dynamics
The Mahindra Scorpio always had a light steering and was easy to maneuver in city. On the highway it was the opposite. The firm suspension and the tall stance leading to the higher centre of gravity would lead to a lot of body roll.
The new suspension is softer and dampens the bumps well. Also the suspension is tuned with anti roll technology. This shows that the car would be better in reality and less roll friendly. With Mahindra providing Automatic and 4×4 as options the Scorpio is a great package.
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The Mahindra Scorpio is a great value for money. Honestly this would be my pick over their own XUV5oo as the Scorpio is more true to its roots to being a SUV rather than just looks like the XUV. The New Generation Mahindra Scorpio is not just next level in terms of design but also in terms of features and equipment. Let’s see if it still holds its on as new SUV’s keep entering the market.