Mahindra Scorpio Review & First Drive

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

The Scorpio is a household name in the Indian car market since the year 2002; the SUV has many accolades to its name including ‘Best car of the year’, ‘Best SUV of the year’ and much more. While the first generation SUV was introduced back in 2002, the second generation was introduced just after four years in 2006. Much later Mahindra decided to up their game and introduced the third-generation SUV back in 2014. Now after almost three years of its production Mahindra has decided to launch the facelift variant of the SUV. Mahindra Scorpio price range in India is between 10,57,092 to 18,84,395, check for detail pricing of Mahindra Scorpio in Carzprice

The 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift variant will most likely get some exterior and interior updates while there won’t be any significant change under the hood. The SUV was caught testing couple of times already which gives us an idea that it will most probably launch towards the end of 2017.The Scorpio is one of the first SUV’s which was developed in-house by M&M engineers. M&M engineers also developed the 2.2 Litre mHawk engine which powers some other Mahindra suvs at the same time. While the launch of the new Scorpio facelift is nearing, we are here to provide you all the details of the facelifted SUV available at this moment.

Mahindra Scorpio Design

The Scorpio has maintained the essence of the design of the original car and the styling is rather timeless. Over the years, the signature vertically slatted grille has become sharper and the large front bumper has gained muscle. The chrome lined slats gets a black mesh-grille background while the crystal headlamps are blacked out for that aggressive look. The blacked out lower half of the bumper with the contrast bash-plate and the chrome-bezel fog lamps complete the fascia.

Moving on to the sides, the profile is unmistakably Scorpio and has remained almost the same over the past two decades. The long hood with the signature scoop, an upright windscreen and the three-cab profile is complemented by the body-coloured cladding and the stepper. Large 17-inch alloys with the all-terrain Apollo 235mm profile tyres add to the bulk. While the tail lamps are almost the same, the design of the tail gate has been revamped. The black cladding band across the width has been ditched and the single tone sculpted tailgate makes the new Scorpio look suave.

Mahindra Scorpio Cabin

Climb into the driver’s seat and you will be greeted with generous space, a commanding view of the road and a large steering wheel at your disposal. The wall-like dashboard sticks close to the windshield glass which opens up quite a bit of space in the cabin. The centre console is simple and gets a touchscreen infotainment system and the AC console along with a cubby hole. The blue-lit instrument cluster behind the chunky steering wheel adds a bit of funk to the equation.The front seats are big and you barely notice that because of the plentiful space. The commanding upright seating position is made comfortable by the long seat base which offers ample under-thigh support.

Move into the second row and the generosity of space continues. There is enough space for three in the back and the seating again is upright. But the knee-room is a tad bit reserved. While it might feel comfortable for errands, it tends to get tiring over long hauls.For storage spaces, there is hardly anything for the front passengers but the rear passengers get two bottle holders for each of the doors. The third row gets two jump seats and with lack of any restraints (seat-belts) safety is. They seem to be spacious in terms of shoulder room, legroom is very limited especially when both the seats are occupied. Also, it eats up into the luggage space which otherwise is ample for the baggage of five on a weekend trip.

In terms of equipment, the Scorpio ticks the right boxes with the automatic climate control, all-four power windows, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and rear parking sensors with camera. It also gets AC vents for the rear passengers under the front armrests but for a cabin of this size, they do not provide enough cooling. For purposes of safety, you just have two airbags in the front. Also, the interiors are better than before, but for this price, they are still crude and lack the premium feel. For more info on Mahindra Scorpio check

Mahindra Scorpio Performance

The Mahindra Scorpio continues to come powered by the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine but this time around, it produces 140 PS of power at 3750 RPM and 320 Nm of torque at 1500 RPM which is a very significant increase. Also, the engine is now mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and it also gets a Borg Warner turbocharger. With this, the new Scorpio feels pleasantly good to drive and low-end punch has increased drastically. Even the mid-range has an extremely good surge and hence the SUV feels much more livelier than before. During our VBOX tests, I got a 0-100 km/hr time of 12.59 seconds which is more than a second quicker than the older vehicle, while 100 km/hr comes up in 3rd gear at a notch below 4500 RPM.

NVH levels aren’t the best though and a lot of vibrations filter inside the cabin. At high speeds, you also get a lot of wind noise from the area near the A-pillar. The 6-speed transmission has good ratios and this makes the Scorpio eager in its performance but slotting into reverse gear is very difficult and takes a couple of attempts. Fuel efficiency is approximately 10-11 km/l in the city and around 13-14 km/l on the highways. Needless to say, the improved performance on the Scorpio has added a lot of life to the car and it feels so much better.

Mahindra Scorpio Rideing

Also, whatever Mahindra has done with the suspension tweaks seems to have worked. It feels planted most of the time but still hops and skips over asymmetrical bumps in a straight line and the underlying jiggles of the ladder-frame are hard to miss. On the other hand, if you drive through switchback corners at humane speeds, it feels quite composed. As an engineer, this is quite a puzzle but as a driver, it gives me more confidence than before.

Ride quality has also improved and it is plush now. The sharp edged bumps are now registered as mere muffled thuds and along with the improved NVH, the Scorpio is a much better place to be in than before. The steering is lighter than before and apart from a little vagueness in the centre, is quite precise. Of course, the feedback is minimal, but it pans out well for the overall package of city and highway driving. The brakes also feel much better than before and have come a long way from their spongy wooden self of the first-gen Scorpio.

Mahindra Scorpio Safety

Global NCAP has crash-tested the Mahindra Scorpio (with no airbags) and the SUV scored a poor zero star rating in adult occupancy test and a mere two-star rating in the child occupancy test. However, Mahindra is offering dual airbags and ABS starting from the S5 trim. Considering that the S11 trim costs over 15 lakhs, it would have been great if Mahindra had offered side airbags, at least as an option. Mahindra’s after-sales service is good and the automaker has a widespread network across India.

Mahindra Scorpio Price

Mahindra Scorpio On-Road Price ranges from 10,57,092 to 18,84,395 for variants Scorpio Getaway 2WD and Scorpio S11 4WD respectively. Mahindra Scorpio is available in 8 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Scorpio variants price , specifications and mileage. View offers & discounts on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in India/Hyderabad at Autozhop

Mahindra Scorpio Verdict

The Mahindra Scorpio facelift like we said will be launching towards the end of the year 2017 and most probably towards the festive season. The SUV will be getting mild updates to its exterior as well as interior while there won’t be any changes made under the hood. There is a slight possibility of Mahindra introducing a petrol variant alongside the diesel version while it will surely get a new 6-speed automatic transmission as well.

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