Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio

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Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the most successful SUVs ever launched in India. Despite being a decade old and without going under any major change, the car has managed good selling records till now. But, the competition is rising at a very fast pace and in order to make sure Scorpio maintains its dominance in the market, Mahindra has given a major face-lift to its largest selling SUV. Will these new changes be enough for the new Scorpio to keep the competitors away? Let's find out.

Performance

The new Scorpio carry forwards both its diesel engines from its predecessor which means you get to choose from a 2.4L CRDe and 2.0L mHAWK turbo diesel engine. Only the base model, S2 is available with the 2.4L engine which has a power and torque output of 75bhp and 200Nm which can be achieved at 3200rpm and 2200rpm respectively. The main focus will be on its 2.2L mHAWK engine which has a power output of 120bhp@4000rpm. The utmost torque output of this engine is of 280Nm which starts coming as soon as 1800rpm. Both engines are mated with a new 5-speed manual gearbox which is also doing duty in the new Mahindra Xylo. Mahindra has slightly tuned this 2.2L engine to deliver adequate performance with the new five-speed gearbox which is also evident in its performance. The low speed grunt and minimal turbo lag continues to be the forte of Scorpio and along with the shorter gear ratios, new Scorpio feels even peppier than before. The engine refinement is also commendable as it makes less noise even when rev hard. It's better to up-shift early though as this engine lacks the high speed grunt and power starts tapering around 3800rpm. Scorpio feels best in its mid range which makes overtaking quite easy for you especially on highways. This engine is also available with an optional 4X4 Shift on fly system which also makes it your hardcore off road SUV on weekends. While enjoying the performance, you can't neglect the fact that the new gearbox isn't as smooth as you expect, it lacks precise gear shifts which become a bit matter of concern while driving in city traffic as its clutch is also on th heavier side. So with no option of automatic, you can't do anything else but work hard to keep yourself on move in city traffic which can be an issue in daily usage. The biggest and the most impressive change is in the ride quality of new Scorpio. With the new and lighter Chassis and suspension setup, the new Scorpio is far more agile than before. It feels well settled on rough roads and offers positive high speed stability. The anti roll bar at back now confirms you less body roll around corners and makes it more nimble while shifting lanes at high speeds. The wider track and well weighed steering wheel also makes it more enjoyable than before at sharp corners and gives you more control of it.

Equipment

The new Scorpio looks best when seen from the front. The aggressive face now adds to the dynamic presence of the car. Mahindra has placed new set of projector headlights in Scorpio which looks quite catchy with the slim day time running LED eyebrow lights. The sharp lights surround the new front grille which features chrome finished, vertically placed sharp semi slats which goes well with the overall styling and gives it a unique identity. The re-worked front bumper also brings some freshness to the car. Move to the side and apart from new design for its 17inch alloy wheels, you can notice nothing new as it looks identical to the current car including the sky racks. The car gets new LED tail lights at the back with grab handles mounted just above them which make it look a bit disproportionate. Moreover, the tail gate gets semi black finishing and silver surround for its number plate which more looks like an aftermarket work. Really, the rear styling may not appeal to everyone. Step inside and positive changes continue with new dual tone interiors and new seats. The new horizontal design layout of its dashboard gives it a contemporary look while the new color scheme enlightens the aura inside. You will see a new six-inch infotainment system in its central console which also comes equipped with GPS. The audio controls are now mounted on the new steering wheel which similar to the touchscreen system is lifted straight away from XUV 500. The top variant even features automatic climate control. There is good amount of space inside as the wheelbase remains same as before and the new placement of seats also offers good space. Under thigh and back support is more than adequate at front while the passengers in middle row also enjoy good leg and shoulder room. Scorpio is available in variable seating arrangements ranging from seven to nine.

Security

Apart from crumple zones, the new Scorpio gets some more safety features which keep you safe on our crowded roads. This new SUV features dual front airbags, ABS, 3 point ELR seat belts, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, intellipark, central locking, voice assist system and light and rain sensors.

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