The new Mahindra Scorpio will be available with petrol and diesel engines – Higher variants will be equipped with a 4 × 4 system
Like all previous Mahindra products, the next generation of Scorpio has conducted a very public and extensive road test and validation campaign. With the launch delayed by a few months due to a pandemic-induced shortage of chips (semiconductor elements), prototypes use the available time to continue to travel vital test miles. The latest set of spy photos comes from Harsh.
New Mahindra Scorpio – What do we know so far?
The new Mahindra Scorpio is based on a new ladder chassis which is expected to deliver higher crash performance than its predecessor. If Thar’s 4-star rating in the Global-NCAP crash tests is anything to say, it’s reasonable to expect the new Scorpion to at least match this one.
The production-ready test mules, while fully camouflaged, give us a good idea of what to expect when it comes to style. Mahindra designers have retained the instantly recognizable profile of the popular SUV with straight lines and flat surfaces.
The new front fascia takes a bolder approach with a larger seven-slot grille, sporty LED headlights and a new bumper with honeycomb mesh for the secondary air dam. The design of the rear fairing is also scalable with vertically oriented taillights and a straight tailgate.
As for the interior, the new Mahindra Scorpio will be equipped with a new dashboard, with a new center console, instrument panel, air vents and steering wheel. Needless to say, the SUV will be equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system with cutting edge connectivity features. Previous spyshots also showed an engine start / stop button.
The new Mahindra Scorpio will share its powertrain lineup with the new Thar which has had a solid run since its launch. The diesel engine of choice will remain the 2.2-liter four-cylinder. There will also be a gasoline engine option in the form of a turbocharged 2.0-liter mill.
The power and torque outputs of these two motors may differ from Thar. Manual and automatic transmissions should be offered. The new Scorpio will offer a 4 × 4 system in higher variants.
Market positioning and competitors
The existing Scorpio has seen a consistent sales volume even at the very end of its lifecycle. This could prompt the UV specialist to sell the new and old models alongside. Mahindra has registered a few trademarks such as Scorpio Sting and ScorpioN which could be used for this purpose.
The rugged appeal that comes from its ladder frame hardware will be the new Scorpio’s USP. Assuming the chip shortage will be sorted out in the coming months, we expect the new Mahindra Scorpio to be ready by the holiday season this year.