Mahindra has been selling its Scorpio SUV in the Indian market for over 10 years now and it has been a constant money spinner for the Maharashtra-based automaker. It has received multiple facelifts over this period and now, there is expected to be a new one which will be launched sometime in 2015-2016. However, for 2014, Mahindra is expected to launch a facelifted version which has already been spotted testing on multiple occasions. It is expected to get mostly cosmetic changes both on the inside and outside but will remain the same mechanically.
The facelifted Scorpio gets a revised front and rear end but retains the same overall design. This is likely to be in a bid to remain faithful to existing customers and fans of the SUV. The design of the alloy wheels is also new. These major changes have given the Scorpio a squat stance and hopefully when revealed fully, a more contemporary look. However, since the Scorpio is sold across a large price range, we expect that Mahindra will first facelift only the major selling version before changing the entire range much like Toyota has done with the facelifted Innova.
It is likely that the top-spec variants may now be offered with projector headlights and LED tail lamps in a bid to give the Scorpio a much more blingy appearance, a move that will appeal to most of the Scorpio’s customer base. The changes are also expected to be reflected on the Scorpio getaway pick-up truck also.
As with the exteriors, we expect that Mahindra will retain much of the overall design on the interiors but will give better quality materials and is expected to pick up a lot of the panels, stalks and buttons from the XUV500. It is also expected to get the new Voice Activated System which is currently present in the Xylo H9 variant and the XUV500. The feature list, in addition to what is available currently, is expected to include reverse parking sensors with camera, rain sensing wipers and AC vents for the third row on the higher spec variants.
The Scorpio is offered with two sets of engines- a 2.6-litre diesel producing 115bhp and 277Nm of torque as well as a more modern 2.2-litre mHawk oil burner that produces 120bhp and 290Nm of torque. Both engines have been mated to a five-speed manual or in the case of the latter it is also offered with a six-speed AT box. We expect that both these engines will continue in BS3 and BS4 specs.
When to expect and price
This vehicle is expected to be launched by the middle of next year and will be offered with a slight hike in price (Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000) due to adverse economic climate and rising input costs. The Mahindra Scorpio competes with the Tata Safari, Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano.