The Mahindra Scorpio which has been around for well over a decade has been credited with single handedly changing fortunes for Mahindra & Mahindra. Ambitiously conceptualized as the first global SUV for Mahindra & Mahindra, plans had been laid as far back as 1996 to bring the dream into reality.
Ever since its launch in 2002, the Scorpio was a runaway success generating much interest & popularity among SUV buyers. It was also credited with changing the process of designing, manufacturing & testing the Indian automobile.
In spite of having garnered a lot of awards & a large market share in the past, Mahindra & the Scorpio found themselves losing out to the competition gradually. While having received regular upgrades and features Scorpio sales are currently a mere shadow of their former self. The last BIG upgrade to the Scorpio was in 2009 when it received the MMS (Mighty Muscular Scorpio) treatment. The market has changed since then and the SUV market has seen newer entrants on the scene. Time for Mahindra to do something and indeed they have.
While the much acclaimed W105 project is still being discussed & speculated upon, M&M has freshened up the current generation Scorpio & given it some new venom for its sting. We have been hearing sighting reports of test mules seen across India & have also seen some earlier spyshots. Here are some more detailed spy shots that have cropped up courtesy auto magazine Motorvikatan. The new shots show some cosmetic changes both to the interior & exterior. Expect new headlights, new bumpers & front grille, enhanced tailgate etc.
Internally there are changes to the dashboard design, centre console etc. all in an attempt to hold the fort until the cavalry arrives in the form of the completely redesigned model.
On the engine & powertrain front, we expect the current 2.2 liter M Hawk turbo-diesel to be used. This engine which pumps out 120 Bhp & 290 Nm of torque is linked up with either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission. The pickup variant named the Scorpio Getaway will be on offer with the 2.6 liter CRDE unit which is good for 115 Bhp & 280 Nm of torque. The base level EX version which was in the news recently with 900 units being recalled will get the 2.5 liter MiD2CR unit pumping out 75 Bhp & 220 Nm of torque. Expect rear wheel drive and 4 wheel drive options on the upcoming model as always retaining the body on frame construction currently being offered on the Scorpio.
We are pegging a mid to late 2014 launch with the question still on our minds, will M&M show this vehicle off at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014? Keep reading for more updates.