Mahindra Scorpio Performance & First Drive

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

The Mahindra Scorpio is an SUV offered by the Indian carmaker in two diesel engine options viz a 2.2-litre mHawk and a 2.5-litre m2DICR. Both these engine options are BS4 complaint. The m2DICR is available only in the base S3 version and the other two versions have the mHawk engines. Power and torque generated by the 2.5-litre engine stand at 75 hp and 200 Nm. The mHawk engine sheds out 120 hp and 280 Nm in the S5 and S7 variants while in the S7 and top end S11 trims, the mill cranks out 140 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The new 2017 Mahindra Scorpio comes with micro-hybrid technology. The SUV comes with five-speed manual transmission while the top end S7 trim has a six-speed manual unit. The S11 model comes with an optional shift-on-fly 4WD. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra Scorpio Style

The face is now more aggressive than the Scorpio we’ve been used to so far. Instead of trying to fit in the new family grille onto an older design (as seen in the older Scorpio), the designers have finally got an opportunity to start afresh. The grille, headlamps and bumper are all new. The hexagonal grille is unique and, instead of the usual separations in the form of slats, features smaller inserts finished in chrome. The headlamps go well with the grille, are edgy, and feature projector lighting and parking lamps in the form of LED eyebrows that add to the macho character. The hood is redesigned and the functional scoop that sits on it uses the same grille pattern.

he sides? Well, apart from the front fender, everything else is exactly the same and is disappointing, after all, this vehicle is supposed to be the next-gen Scorpio. The headlamps now wrap around the fender that also features a mock vent like bezel, the side cladding is exactly the same, and only the front section has been redesigned since it is part of the new face. Larger 17-inch wheels (16-inch in the previous model) look good but are more car like than SUV. The wheels however fill up the arches well. Move to the rear and you know it is a Scorpio even though the design is a lot busier than before. A black applique runs across the upper part of the tailgate. It looks better on a darker shade like the blue Scorpio you see here, but the silver number plate garnish is boxy and loud.

The base model is in fact easier on the eyes since it doesn’t feature any contrasting garnish. The window is now smaller and the visible area even less. But it doesn’t affect visibility since the outgoing model’s rear window was unnecessarily large. The window shape is unique and complex, even the rear defogger grids aren’t straight lines but angular. The clear lens tail lamps are new and feature bright LED lighting but the chrome insides look aftermarket especially during the day. However, the vertical pillar-mounted reflectors have now been ditched for non-reflective black inserts.The bumper however is exactly the same as before. Overall, the exterior is still very much like the current Scorpio’s except for the more aggressive face.

Mahindra Scorpio Space

The all-new 2017 Mahindra Scorpio has been given an improved cabin. The current generation version of the car looks more premium and gets dual tone color scheme and numerous added features. The car seats are covered with new black artificial leather upholstery, the top spec models get luxurious black faux leather seats with dark blue fabric inserts while the gear knob, as well as steering wheel too, are leather wrapped. The driver’s seat is height adjustable for a better driving experience. Temperature control is fully automatic that maintains the preferred environment inside the car. AC vents too are improved for better airflow and uniform cooling in the cabin.

Other features in the car are carried forward from the outgoing model that includes 6-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, AUX and USB connectivity and smartphone pairing through Bluetooth. The SUV is nothing short of comfort features which include cruise control, rear parking camera, climate control, keyless entry, electrically adjustable rear view mirror and rear parking sensors. The carmaker has also addressed issues with storage spaces with 12V socket now repositioned, pocket for mobile behind gear knob and sunglass holder.

Mahindra Scorpio Engine

Powering the Mahindra Scorpio are two diesel engine options viz a 2.5 litre m2DICR and a 2.2 litre mHawk. Power and torque generated by the mHawk engines is 120 hp and 280 Nm in the S5 and S7 variants. The engine in the S7 trim also comes in a high power avatar, which along with the top end S11 version churns out respective power and torque of 140 hp and 320 Nm. All the engine options are BS-IV compliant and have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency and the Mahindra Scorpio has a reasonable torque band that makes it easy to drive on highways.

The transmission on the Mahindra Scorpio can be opted in two manual options. The S3, S5 and S7 trims get a five-speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, the high power output S7 and the top end S11 version receive a new six-speed manual gearbox that has been introduced for the first time in the Scorpio. The S11 variant has a shift-on-fly all-wheel drive system that shifts the vehicle from a rear wheel drive to a four-wheel drive where all four wheels drive the vehicle. This system is apt for owners looking at off roading with the Mahindra Scorpio. Although the system has an electronic switch, the transfer case is a mechanical one.

The Mahindra Scorpio has a rated fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl for the m2DICR engine and 15.4 kmpl for the mHawk 2.2 litre diesel unit. These figures are competitive for the SUV.

Mahindra Scorpio Driving

The various changes to the underpinnings improve the Scorpio’s ride and handling by a margin. Gliding over potholes and broken surfaces is even more effortless now, while body roll is much more controlled. The wider track has helped too, the chassis feels a lot more planted at higher speeds and the steering feels quicker. The driving position is still very old-school and a more committed position could have elevated the driving experience even further.

Mahindra Scorpio Safety

Safety is paramount for Mahindra and the Scorpio comes with dual front airbags on the S5, S7 and S11 variants. Other safety features that are available in higher variants are ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, panic brake indication and auto door lock.

Mahindra Scorpio Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,10,028/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 15,59,642/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Scorpio price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra Scorpio Conclusion

The biggest change we see in the latest model of Scorpio is under the hood. As we know Mahindra Scorpio’s 2.2 mHawk engine is the SUVs biggest forte, this time company has re-tuned the same engine to develop 140PS of power as compared to 120PS in the older version while torque numbers too have been increased to 320Nm from 280Nm. The top end variants S7 and S11 now come mated to brand new six-speed gearbox. The base variant S3 continues to be powered by the 2.5L m2DICR mill and comes coupled with a five-speed transmission.Mahindra Scorpio price in India starts at Rs. 9.34 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 16.10 lakhs for the top end variant. Major competitors of the SUV include Tata Safari Storme, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano in the segment.

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