Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Review & Performance

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

Mahindra does not have an expansive portfolio but is still found among the top five car manufacturers in India on the sales charts. And that is possible because of icons like the one we have here, the Mahindra Scorpio. Mahindra had almost pegged its entire fortune on the Scorpio at the turn of the millennium and it had to succeed for the Indian car maker. The Scorpio is one of the first cars independently developed by Mahindra and the one we have here is the first update of the second generation Scorpio. We drive it to find out how much the new Scorpio has improved and how well it makes a case for itself, again. View offer on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Mahindra Scorpio Look

Like we already mentioned above the test mule of the facelifted SUV was spotted a couple of times and from the spy shots of the test mule, it is quite clear that the facelifted SUV will get all the changes mostly towards its front and rear profile.

The front profile of the SUV will feature a restyled bumper which might get some bigger air inlets to make it look premium and slightly more aggressive. Apart from the new bumper expect the facelifted SUV also to get a slightly redesigned grille as well. Many reports are saying that Mahindra might redo the headlamps, but we firmly believe that the daytime running lamps styling won’t change much. Apart from these changes to the front profile, there won’t be any changes made to the side profile of the SUV. However, we do expect it to get a new set of alloy wheels to enhance its exterior styling. Just like the front profile the rear profile of the SUV will also get some styling updates as well which might come in the form of slightly redesigned taillamps and rear bumper.

Mahindra Scorpio Comfort

The updated Mahindra Scorpio continues with the dual-tone black and beige treatment for the dashboard. There are no vast improvements and you get the same 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a new reverse parking camera (with dynamic assist). You also get Bluetooth, AUX, USB connectivity and Navigation but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are still missing. Mahindra hasn’t done any changes to the door pockets as well and one will find it almost impossible to access the door pockets or even adjust the position of the seat when the doors are closed. The new S11 variant gets a sun-glass holder and auto-window roll up (window rolls up automatically when you lock the car). Some other features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, TPMS, follow me home headlamps, projector headlamps with static bending function and climate control. The AC chills the cabin nicely while the seats are comfortable, however, the third row jump seats are best suited for kids.

Mahindra Scorpio Gearbox

Biggest change in the new 2017 Scorpio is the 140bhp setup that has been brought in from the XUV. The 2.2-litre M-Hawk turbocharged diesel engine now develops 140bhp of power and 320Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that drives the rear wheels. Mahindra has been able to tune this AVL block quite well and the extra power is felt right away. There is more pull available from as low as 1400rpm and the torque builds up till 3500rpm. The power starts tapering off after 4200 but with the six-speed gearbox, the rev range is more than enough for everything.

The gearbox also feels much more positive in its engagement and with the light clutch, shifting is not much of an issue. Gear throws out the old-school SUV lineage and you have to get used to the shift pattern to distinguish between the reverse and the first gears without needing a second attempt. Quick off the blocks, the Scorpio cruises easily in the low hundreds with the engine revving around 2000rpm in sixth gear, giving it a nice blend of economy. And the best part is that, with so much torque available, you barely need to downshift. It climbed uphill in sixth from 60kmph without breaking a sweat with only me inside the car. So, when fully loaded, I might have to shift to fourth, and that is commendable for an engine’s tractability. For more info on Mahindra Scorpio check iiitdm.in

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.

Mahindra Scorpio Rideing

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 in Hyderabad

Mahindra Scorpio On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 10,45,858 to 19,57,102 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 in Hyderabad. Check for Scorpio price in Hyderabad at Cazrprice.

Mahindra Scorpio Bottomline

Mahindra has brought in these minor improvements to the Scorpio to keep the product fresh and most of these changes are more than welcome, especially the better performance. However, the Scorpio has certain downsides like average ergonomics and the not-so-comfortable ride. Keeping that aside, it has proven its mettle over the years that it is a tough SUV offering good performance on and off the road, the Scorpio continues to remain a good choice for people who want a full-sized SUV in this price bracket because options are limited to only this and the Tata Safari Storme while the other options are compact SUVs. As for Mahindra, they might have to put in some more efforts in the near future to launch a more modern and posh version of the SUV, especially when new rivals will start popping up in the market.

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