THE Mahindra Scorpio has been with us for years and in its illustrious career it hasn’t changed much with the exception of an engine upgrade in 2006 and a facelift in 2008. However, it’s now had its first major upgrade.
The Mahindra Scorpio hasn’t changed much in the way it looks. You’d definitely recognize it apart from a few over-styled parts taken from the XUV500’s front grille; the rear doors are prime examples. Mahindra has developed a new W105 third-generation platform for all future body-on-frame vehicles. The new Scorpio is the first to use this new technology.
Under the hood, the engine remains unchanged; the Scorpio uses the same 2.2-litre mHawk which produces 89kW and the 2.5-litre m2DiCR engine which produces only 55kW is also still in use, but only for the base S2 variant. The new Scorpio is available in five variants, topping off with the fully-loaded S10. The power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel-drive enabled versions can now move between two-wheel-drive (2WD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) on the fly, using a knob on the centre console.
Mahindra has fitted the top-spec variant of the new Scorpio with climate control, parking sensors, TPMS and a six-inch touch screen infotainment system. While the instrument cluster is all new, the upholstery has been revised and is now a dual tone with the combination of grey and blue. Mahindra has also included height adjustment for the driver’s seat and a voice control system.
On the safety front, Mahindra has included dual airbags as well as ABS with EBD. It has also included a new feature called, panic braking, whereby the hazard lights come on automatically in the event of a panic braking situation, to warn other motorists.