Mahindra Scorpio has been the car that took Mahindra literally everywhere around the country. With is butch looks and proven durability, Scorpio has become the favourite for those who look for an affordable SUV with good looks and above average performance. It’s been 15 years since its launch and there is no stopping the Scorpio. And now Mahindra has decided to give the Scorpio a powerlift. The second generation launched in 2014 brought in many changes upon which the new 2017 Scorpio builds on. The new update has brought in a more powerful engine, some subtle cosmetic updates and a new top end variant.
One of the main highlights of the new Scorpio is the 2.2.-litre mHawk 4 cylinder engine. It’s the same old engine but now comes in two power outputs - 120 hp/280 Nm and 140 hp/320 Nm. With the higher power output, Mahindra has addressed the common complaint that the Scorpio owners have been grumbling about. Though the mHawk engine has excellent low range and mid range power delivery, the engine falters when it comes top end grunt. The higher state of tune has helped the Scorpio to better its performance in the highways. There is a significant change in how the car performs over triple digit speeds.
The 140 hp tune is available in only S7 and S11 variants, while the S5 and S7 get the 120 hp option. The base S3 variant gets the older m2DICR 4 cylinder 2.5-litre engine with 75 hp and 200 Nm of torque. The 140 hp output variants get a newly developed six-speed manual transmission while the others should do with a five-speed manual. The new six-speed unit has been tuned for easier shifting, another hitch with the Scorpio and the sixth gear has been optimised for highway cruising. The clutch is easier to operate and comes with self adjusting function. While the transmission is definitely a big improvement, the reverse gear proves to be an irritant. Engaging the reverse gear takes lot of effort to shift to the left further than the 1st gear and will need some time getting used to. Thankfully, there is a long beep letting you know that the reverse gear is engaged.
The engine response has improved in the low range and the mid-range power delivery has become stronger. The Scorpio doesn’t feel out of breath on the highways anymore and the engine pulls neatly above 3,000 rpm. Mahindra has also stated that they have improved the NVH levels. The company has also worked on the suspension to manage the additional weight and performance. Customers can opt for 4WD only with the S11 variant.
On the design front, Mahindra has kept it minimal. At the front, the Scorpio gets a new front grille inspired by Mahindra Imperio pickup trucks and looks like this grille will be making its mark across the company’s range in the future. Changes on the outside also include revised front bumper, new fog lamps, new alloy wheels, ORVMs with integrated indicators, new tail gate and red LED tail lamps. Inside, the facelift gets new faux leather for the seats, steering wheel and gear lever. The 6-inch touch screen infotainment system remains unchanged and sadly misses the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
New features of the equipment list include reverse parking camera with dynamic assist, 1-touch lane change indicator and auto window roll-up. Other features include micro hybrid technology, rain and light sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system, voice assist system, dual airbags and ABS.
With the facelift, the Scorpio has become more powerful and better equipped. The driving and handling have improved vastly and you will like the new Scorpio better than before.