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Mahindra Scorpio Overview

It has been a year of facelifts for Mahindra & Mahindra and when it comes to the Scorpio SUV even a small change makes enough noise to grab a buyer’s attention. Mahindra Scorpio has been a popular SUV ever since its inception in 2002 and has done decent sales in both urban and rural markets. The SUV has evolved with time with introduction of new generation, modern technologies and powerful engine. The current third generation Mahindra Scorpio recently received its 2017 model year facelift and Mahindra has ensured that its offering almost all new modern features to attract the buyers and so the 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift have undergone subtle exterior and interior changes and receives a mechanical update too. Book a test drive for Scorpio in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Mahindra Scorpio Design & Style

Looking at the new Mahindra Scorpio, I must say that the initial impression is mixed. For a vehicle, which according to Mahindra, hasn’t carried over any body panels – other than the doors and roof – the styling is simply far too evolutionary. While it does feature a far more aggressive front end with a bold grille and large headlamps – which makes it look like a snarling canine – the overall theme is too similar to the old car. The rear end, which features a new colour scheme, also looks like the designers were trying too hard to differentiate it from the older car without affecting any major changes.

The rear tail lamps, on the other hand, which feature LED’s, are quite striking – even though their chrome finish is a bit too flashy for my taste. But, whatever you think of the design, with renewed aggression and large 17-inch wheels, there’s no denying that the Mahindra Scorpio has a lot more aggression and road presence than the older car. And that certainly appears in our Mahindra Scorpio 2014 Review to be the point with this new design!

Mahindra Scorpio Cabin & Comfort

The all-new 2017 Mahindra Scorpio has been given an improved cabin. The current generation version of the car looks more premium and gets dual tone color scheme and numerous added features. The car seats are covered with new black artificial leather upholstery, the top spec models get luxurious black faux leather seats with dark blue fabric inserts while the gear knob, as well as steering wheel too, are leather wrapped. The driver’s seat is height adjustable for a better driving experience. Temperature control is fully automatic that maintains the preferred environment inside the car. AC vents too are improved for better airflow and uniform cooling in the cabin.

Other features in the car are carried forward from the outgoing model that includes 6-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, AUX and USB connectivity and smartphone pairing through Bluetooth. The SUV is nothing short of comfort features which include cruise control, rear parking camera, climate control, keyless entry, electrically adjustable rear view mirror and rear parking sensors. The carmaker has also addressed issues with storage spaces with 12V socket now repositioned, pocket for mobile behind gear knob and sunglass holder.

Mahindra Scorpio Engine & Gearbox

Powering the Mahindra Scorpio are two diesel engine options viz a 2.5 litre m2DICR and a 2.2 litre mHawk. Power and torque generated by the mHawk engines is 120 hp and 280 Nm in the S5 and S7 variants. The engine in the S7 trim also comes in a high power avatar, which along with the top end S11 version churns out respective power and torque of 140 hp and 320 Nm. All the engine options are BS-IV compliant and have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency and the Mahindra Scorpio has a reasonable torque band that makes it easy to drive on highways.

The transmission on the Mahindra Scorpio can be opted in two manual options. The S3, S5 and S7 trims get a five-speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, the high power output S7 and the top end S11 version receive a new six-speed manual gearbox that has been introduced for the first time in the Scorpio. The S11 variant has a shift-on-fly all-wheel drive system that shifts the vehicle from a rear wheel drive to a four-wheel drive where all four wheels drive the vehicle. This system is apt for owners looking at off roading with the Mahindra Scorpio. Although the system has an electronic switch, the transfer case is a mechanical one.The Mahindra Scorpio has a rated fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl for the m2DICR engine and 15.4 kmpl for the mHawk 2.2 litre diesel unit. These figures are competitive for the SUV.

Mahindra Scorpio Driving Dynamics

The ride quality of the new Mahindra Scorpio has improved as compared to its older version, the suspension feels more liveable and the car is no longer bumpy as the old car. Handling too is safer than it used to be. Scorpio is, of course, a robust vehicle which is capable of handling uneven and inexistent roads with ease. NVH levels have been improved with the utilization of better sound deadening material.

Mahindra Scorpio Braking & Safety

Safety is paramount for Mahindra and the Scorpio comes with dual front airbags on the S5, S7 and S11 variants. Other safety features that are available in higher variants are ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, panic brake indication and auto door lock.

Mahindra Scorpio Price in Chennai

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 9,12,533/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 16,41,883/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Chennai. Check for Scorpio price in Chennai at Carzprice

Mahindra Scorpio Bottomline

So, while it might not be quite so evident stylistically, the new Mahindra Scorpio offers a raft of improvements – especially in areas where it was clearly lacking vis-à-vis the competition. As a result, it features better quality levels and improved fit-and-finish, as well as increased levels of standard equipment and decidedly better ride and handling. Sure, there are still plenty of rough edges that still need to be ironed out, and the styling might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, for Scorpio loyalists, and for people looking for a tough, sturdy, body-on-frame SUV, the new Mahindra Scorpio could prove to be a very attractive proposition. We will, however, hold off on final judgement till we get to spend some quality time with the new car and really put it to test…

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