Mahindra’s Scorpio is perhaps the most well known and popular SUV in the country given the fact it has been around for well over a decade. The market took to it, for it was a hugely capable SUV even in its first-generation avatar. However, over the years, M&M have been burning the midnight oil, revising it and giving it all the necessary updates to help it keep up with the modern times. Initially, it was sold only with a manual gearbox, but given the current trend, even an automatic option has been included in the line-up. The 2.2-litre mHawk engine is renowned for its refinement, drivability and responsiveness. The brand has also given it a fresh makeover in 2014. After an update in 2017, the performance is nearly at par with the XUV5OO. The latest model also gets an updated cabin and bettered dynamic capability. Also, it is sold in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions.
At the front lies the most prominent of changes. The grille sports a seven-slot design, while the headlamps get projectors in them along with LED highlights. The bumper too, is very different from the older model and now looks sharper. Along the sides, the doors remain the same, but the 17-inch alloy wheels look solid. Even the fog lamps and skid plate are new. Gone are the towering tail lights at the rear; it now gets red-themed tail lamps that look quite smart. In terms of dimensions, the Scorpio is 4456mm in length, 1820mm in width and 1930mm in height. The wheelbase stretches across at 2680mm. Thanks to the Borg Warner turbocharger, there’s a huge surge in power delivery. It also has a strong mid-range and is great for highway use. It takes a little bit of effort to shift through the cogs, but the clutch is nice and light. There isn’t much diesel clatter and NVH levels have improved too. Ride quality is on the pliant side. In terms of specifications, it gets a 2179cc, 4-cylinder engine that produces 140bhp and 320Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual. The engine is currently BS-IV compliant, with the BSVI version slated for launch this year. Also, the base-spec trim weighs in at 1800kgs.
The Mahindra Scorpio has a fuel tank capacity of 60 litres. In terms of mileage, the manual model is capable of returning 16.1kmpl by ARAI, for the diesel manual model, in BSIV guise.
Inside the cabin, it gets dark grey faux-leather upholstery along with a combination of dark blue that gels quite well. Even the steering and gear lever get the same treatment. You’re seated high up on the driver’s seat with a good view of the road. The quality of plastics, however, could have been better. The seats are decently bolstered and there is sufficient legroom at the rear. Features include auto headlamps, micro-hybrid technology, rain-sensing wipers, tyre pressure monitoring system, start-stop function, heating, ventilation, follow-me-home headlamps, rear parking sensors, electric adjust for wing mirrors, puddle lamps, 6-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and Aux-in connectivity, reverse camera, navigation, steering mounted audio controls, auto climate control and a faux leather steering. In terms of safety, it is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS and speed sensing door locks.
The Mahindra Scorpio is sold in four shades: Pearl White, Molten Red, Napoli Black and DSat Silver. The paint quality and finish for all the shades is excellent. We particularly found the Molten Red to be the most striking of all colours, but the one that’s sure to be a hit among Indian car buyers is Pearl White.
All the details regarding the Mahindra Scorpio – namely, the engine, specifications, variant-wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors and exterior details are extensively covered in the company’s model brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early 2020, the Mahindra Scorpio is available in fourteen variants for the diesel-manual model. The price for the base S3 2WD 9STR variant is ₹ 10 lakh, the price for the S3 2WD 7STR variant is ₹ 10 lakh, the price for the S5 2WD 7STR variant is ₹ 12.04 lakh, the price for the S5 2WD 9STR variant is ₹ 12.04 lakh, the price for the S7 120 2WD 7 STR variant is 13.13 lakh, the price for the S7 120 2WD 8 STR variant is ₹ 13.13 lakh, the price for the S7 140 2WD 7 STR variant is ₹ 13.43 lakh, the price for the S7 140 2WD 8 STR variant is ₹ 13.43 lakh, the price for the S9 2WD 7 STR variant is ₹ 14.06 lakh, the price for the S9 2WD 8 STR variant is ₹ 14.06 lakh, the price for the S11 2WD 7 STR variant is ₹ 15.22 lakh, the price for the S11 2WD 8 STR variant is ₹ 15.22 lakh, the price for the S11 4WD 7 STR variant is ₹ 16.44 lakh and the price for the S11 4WD 8 STR variant is ₹ 16.44 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The variant-wise on-road prices are available at autoX.
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