Mahindra Scorpio Performance & Transmission

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

The Scorpio is a household name in the Indian car market since the year 2002; the SUV has many accolades to its name including ‘Best car of the year’, ‘Best SUV of the year’ and much more. While the first generation SUV was introduced back in 2002, the second generation was introduced just after four years in 2006. Much later Mahindra decided to up their game and introduced the third-generation SUV back in 2014. Now after almost three years of its production Mahindra has decided to launch the facelift variant of the SUV.

The 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift variant will most likely get some exterior and interior updates while there won’t be any significant change under the hood. The SUV was caught testing couple of times already which gives us an idea that it will most probably launch towards the end of 2017. Book a test drive for Scorpio in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive

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The Scorpio is one of the first SUV’s which was developed in-house by M&M engineers. M&M engineers also developed the 2.2 Litre mHawk engine which powers some other Mahindra suvs at the same time. While the launch of the new Scorpio facelift is nearing, we are here to provide you all the details of the facelifted SUV available at this moment.

Mahindra Scorpio Design

The Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most muscular cars in the SUV segment at the price range. The front section gets a very attractive look with an edgy bumper portion. In fact, the lower bumper and the air dams almost cover the presence of the skid plate. The grille gets a mesh design with a seven-chambered cover. The front wheel arches are big but the rear ones are softer. However, the body is devoid of much black cladding along the lower skirt. The Mahindra Scorpio top model rides on thick 235 section 17-inch wheels while the lower variants get 15-inch wheels with 215 section tyres. The top-spec models also get projector headlamps and fog lamps.

Mahindra Scorpio Cabin

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

Like we already mentioned earlier the facelift Scorpio won’t be receiving any changes under the hood. The Mahindra Scorpio will continue to be powered by the 2.2 Litre mHawk diesel unit. This is the same unit which also powers the slightly more premium Mahindra XUV500 SUV as well; this engine is capable of producing about 140 Bhp of peak power and 280 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard while Mahindra will also introduce a new Automatic transmission as well because they already have discontinued the older unit. The reports online state that Mahindra will introduce a new Aisin sourced 6-speed automatic unit which supposedly will be much smoother and responsive at the same time. Mahindra does offer the Scorpio SUV with both two-wheel as well as four-wheel drive configuration.

NVH levels aren’t the best though and a lot of vibrations filter inside the cabin. At high speeds, you also get a lot of wind noise from the area near the A-pillar. The 6-speed transmission has good ratios and this makes the Scorpio eager in its performance but slotting into reverse gear is very difficult and takes a couple of attempts. Fuel efficiency is approximately 10-11 km/l in the city and around 13-14 km/l on the highways. Needless to say, the improved performance on the Scorpio has added a lot of life to the car and it feels so much better.

Mahindra Scorpio Driving

The suspension on the Mahindra Scorpio has always offered a very bouncy ride and this one is no different. Compared to the previous car, I felt a marginal improvement in the ride quality. However, Mahindra has a long way to go before they can match the comfort of the Tata Safari Storme. The stiff suspension set up on the Scorpio makes it a decent handler but there is a lot of body roll. The steering, though, offers very good feedback. Braking performance isn’t the best but it isn’t too bad either. Braking is pretty much predictable after you drive the car for a bit and even though the pedal feels spongy at times, stopping power isn’t all that bad.

Mahindra Scorpio Safety

The Mahindra Scorpio is pretty healthy in terms of braking and safety, except the base model. The top-end Mahindra Scorpio car has dual safety airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system and seat belt warning. ABS, along with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) is also given in the top model. However, child safety lock and vehicle immobilizer are added as standard across all the variants.

Mahindra Scorpio Cost in Pune

Mahindra Scorpio On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 10,47,028 to 18,88,820 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 Pune.Check for Scorpio price in Pune at Carzprice

Mahindra Scorpio Verdict

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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