Mahindra Scorpio Overview
The Mahindra Scorpio is one such Indian SUV that just doesn’t need any introduction. It was launched more than a decade back and has sold in very good numbers and has brought in a lot of success for Mahindra. The Scorpio has got minor updates over the years but it received a proper generation change only in 2014, a decade after it was first launched. Now, the automaker has given the SUV another update which is nothing but a mid-life update that consists of some changes to the cosmetics, certain additions to the equipment list and most importantly a significant bump in power and torque figures.
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 Interior
Walk into the cabin and there isn’t a major change. The same steering wheel is carried forward. This is a lot like the wheel on the XUV500. There is audio controls on the left and cruise control on the right. The right hand side of the driver are controls for front defogger, mirror adjustment and of course key slot. There is no push start stop for a vehicle of this price. The instrument cluster has a basic twin dial set-up and driver information system only two trips and gear-indicator in the binnacle. This is light blue backlit.
The centre console has AC vents, followed by the same touchscreen system with reverse camera and dynamic assist when parking. Then it is the climate control. There is no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on offer. There is distance to empty and mileage on the touchscreen. In terms of practicality, there are other issues too. For instance, the door pocket cannot be accessed until it is opened. Front doors cannot hold any bottles. The glovebox is fairly small and two bottles can be placed in the centre, besides the hand brake. The rear door pockets can hold 1-litre bottles and there is a cupholder on the floor with the rear AC vents. The positioning is incorrect and cups can easily slide and spill.
The front seats have decent support and are more like a chair. You sit on it. Both the front seats have individual foldable arm rests. The view is commanding and one of the best for any SUV. There is faux leather on the top model with some fabric inserts too. The second row isn’t spacious, but it is just manageable. The second row seating isn’t very comfortable. This makes it a tad difficult to sit comfortable on long trips. The back support needs some more padding. The third row of seats are jump. Good headroom but just sufficient knee room for tall people when two people sit.
Mahindra Scorpio Engine & Transmission
The Mahindra Scorpio is available in a total of six variants with three engine trims. The base model gets a completely different engine, which is an m2DICR diesel engine making just a meagre 75 bhp power at 3,200 revs per minute and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1,400 revs per minute. The 2.2-litre tried-and-tested mHawk diesel engine is also added in the S5 and S7 grades, which produces a highest power of 120 bhp at 4,000 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 280 Nm at 1,800 revs per minute.However, the range-topping S11 grades are powered by the same 2.2-litre mHawk engine but with a new tuning that enables the engine to produce a maximum power of 140 bhp at 3,750 revolutions per minute along with a peak torque of 320 Nm at 1,500 revs per minute. The lower S3, S5 and S7 come with just the 2WD option, while the S11 is available in both 2WD as well as 4WD trims. There is a standard 5-speed manual transmission unit available in all the variants barring the 140 bhp S7 which gets a 6-speed unit. Mahindra Scorpio automatic is not offered as of now
Mahindra Scorpio Driving Dynamics
The ride quality of the Scorpio is the same. There has been an improvement for the new generation, but nothing has changed for the facelift. The front row seats offer good enough support, while the rear seats do get a bit bumpy on bad roads. The jump seats isn’t the most comfortable place to be.The handling of the vehicle is decent. It is a ideal to drive this vehicle upto 120km/hr, post that it gets bumpy. There isn’t much confidence at that speed. The steering feedback is good enough.
Mahindra Scorpio Braking and 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 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,24,845/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 15,87,600/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad
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.