Mahindra is yet to launch the 2014 Scorpio in the country but it has started working on the successor to that. The result of which is this photo here:
What you see is the 2017 version of the Mahindra cash cow, Scorpio. This was spotted testing around Chennai and was camouflaged to its last bit. Through the camouflage we can make out that the car will have the front look similar to the XUV500, which we can confidently call the M&M family look now. So you get the 4 bar grille and other elements which are inspired from the XUV500, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
The most interesting thing is that the 2017 Scorpio will have a monocoque chassis. Although it seems like a late change to one of its most successful offering, the company knows it will keep the Scorpio brand going for a long time. Monocoque chassis are much more stable and handle a lot better than normal body-on-ladder configuration.
The side profile looks different as the length of the engine compartment has been shortened. This will mean the Scorpio will have roomier cabin than the present versions. The wheel-base will have minute changes or will remain the same.
From the rear the missing bumper reveals a differential under the car, which signals that the car will have a 4×4 version as well. We believe the 4×4 will be available only as with the top-end version and will not be standard. The hinged rear door will now hold the spare wheel which has been moved from beneath the floor, just behind the rear bumper of the car.
Don`t let the wheels throw you off though, when it comes to the Indian roads it is certain to have alloys. Although this is all we can find out about the 2017 Mahindra Scorpio, expect a lot of changes in terms of interior styling and plastics used as well as technologies used to run the car.
Source: Motor Vikatan
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