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Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Review & Test Drive

Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

What Mac burger is to McDonalds, the Scorpio is to Mahindra. This is a company’s tried and tested vehicle that has a lot of fan following. Of course, there is also the Big Mac, the XUV500 but it is the smaller one that is in good demand. An SUV that redefined the company’s image. From being a company that made Armada and Bolero to the new Scorpio. Those were the early days when Indian car market was booming. There were old models of European car brands and there wasn’t anything in the SUV, except the Safari. This also had its own set of issues and performance we a major concern. The Scorpio in 2001 added a breath of fresh air.

Mahindra is on a verge on revamping all its products. First came the TUV300 with a new variant, then the KUV100 with NXT and now the 2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift. This is the new-gen SUV that was launched in 2014, and has got a timely update. The changes are more mechanical and some minor cosmetic upgrades too. What does the Scorpio have on offer? Is it more features or better performance? Any additional features that make it a lot more appealing?

Mahindra Scorpio Exterior & Style

In terms of looks, Mahindra has not fiddled too much and the Scorpio still makes for a familiar sight. Up front, there’s an all-new grille which replaces the blade-like chrome slats of the previous model with a more traditional seven-slotted design. It also gets a redesigned bumper with new fog lamps, a new skid plate, subtly tweaked projector headlamps and ORVMs that now come integrated with side indicators.

The rear end has been cleaned up, the tailgate is all new and Mahindra has completely done away with the plastic appliqué that surrounds the number plate. The Scorpio’s already good-looking tail-lamps look better with a new red theme (from the earlier clear look).

Overall, the Scorpio’s nip and tuck job does enough make it look more contemporary and also lends it a hint of sophistication. Along with the new engine and design facelift, Mahindra has also added a new top-end variant called the S11, which features additional equipment. The new, more powerful mHawk140 engine will be available only in the S7 and S11 variants, along with the four-wheel-drive option. There’s a base S3 variant that will feature the m2DICR engine developing 75hp and 200Nm torque. Scorpio’s existing 120hp 2.2 mHawk engine, which also carries forward, will be available in the S5 and S7 trims. Sadly, there still is no automatic transmission on offer.

Mahindra Scorpio Interior & Space

The S11 variant gets new additions on the inside in the form of the dark grey faux-leather seat upholstery, embellished with a dark blue weave pattern that goes well with the cabin, and gear lever and steering wheel wrapped in the same faux leather.

Apart from this, the interiors don’t deviate from the current vehicle and everything seems familiar. The driver’s seat gives you a commanding view of the road and surroundings through its vast glasshouse. The plastic quality still leaves a lot to be desired; for example, the door handles feel like they could break off if you pull them too hard.

In terms of equipment, it gets a new dynamic parking camera that helps indicate the vehicle’s trajectory while parking. It is a nice feature to have if you are attempting a reverse manoeuvre with a vehicle the size of the Scorpio. Power windows get a delayed-operation feature post engine shut down, while the driver side window also gets an auto roll-up feature when you lock the vehicle. Also sure to come in handy are a couple of new utility spaces, including a mobile holder slot near the gear lever and a sunglass holder near the inside rear-view mirror. For more details on Mahindra Scorpio visit Orsp

Other features that are carried forward are the touchscreen infotainment system that impresses overall, but sadly does not feature Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which, today, is fast becoming de rigueur. Micro-hybrid technology, a tyre pressure monitoring system, rain-sensing wiper and automatic headlamps also get carried forward.In terms of safety, the Scorpio gets dual airbags and ABS on all variants except the base S3.

Mahindra Scorpio Engine & Gearbox

The same 2.2-litre mHawk continues but with additional power. This engine now churns about 140bhp of power and close to 320Nm of peak torque. The power is bumped by 20bhp and 40Nm. The transmission is now a six-speed. This is the biggest change and the XUV500 has been transferred to the Scorpio. The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift is available with three power ratings, the S3 gets 75bhp version, then the 120bhp is available on S5 and S7. The S7 even has 140bhp version and even the S11. All have five-speed manual except the 140bhp version. There is no automatic on offer at the moment.

The ease of driving the engine exists on the Scorpio. The power band is between 1300rpm to 3000rpm. After the engine revs without much torque or power. This is a good thing about this engine. As there is power at low speeds, it is very easy to drive in the city. There is sufficient performance from the engine. The engine is noisy and there is vibrations on the gear lever. The gear lever isn’t rubbery and has a smooth shift. There is some struggle when you put it in the reverse gear, which makes it a tad difficult to drive in.Apply car loan for Scorpio.

Mahindra Scorpio Ride & Handling

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.For more information/price on Mahindra Scorpio check AutoZhop .

Mahindra Scorpio Safety & Security

Global NCAP has crash-tested the Mahindra Scorpio (with no airbags) and the SUV scored a poor zero star rating in adult occupancy test and a mere two-star rating in the child occupancy test. However, Mahindra is offering dual airbags and ABS starting from the S5 trim. Considering that the S11 trim costs over 15 lakhs, it would have been great if Mahindra had offered side airbags, at least as an option. Mahindra’s after-sales service is good and the automaker has a widespread network across India.

Mahindra Scorpio Cost in Pune

Mahindra Scorpio On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 11,68,181 to 19,22,698 for variants Scorpio S3 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 Tryaldrive.

Mahindra Scorpio Final Word

The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift is a good package if you are looking at driving in the city and need something big and powerful. However, it isn’t a good value for money. There aren’t many features, the quality needs improvement and rear seat comfort, could have been better. With all the aspects, the Scorpio does need a new design and Mahindra will have to go back to the drawing board. The competition has caught up and even the XUV500 is a better value for money package today.

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