Mahindra Scorpio Review & 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. Book a test drive for Scorpio in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Mahindra Scorpio Design

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 Cabin

The new Scorpio has a lot more storage bins than before for knick-knacks and a rubberised slot for your cell phone ahead of the gear knob. The 12V accessory socket is, therefore, relocated to behind the shifter lever. Another rubberised area behind the gear lever makes for a great spot to park your wallet. Then, there’s a sunglass holder for your aviators. But, it’s not too large, and you may find it challenging to accommodate bigger frames.The door storage pockets aren’t easy to access, and the infotainment system is low, and therefore, hard to reach. Ergonomics isn’t among Mahindra’s strengths.

Similarly, the front seat bolstering is limited, but the space for leg, head and knee is more than adequate even for taller passengers and those with a turban. The jump seats in the rear are best suited for emergencies only and for times when you not-so-good friend tags along. The forward-facing 8-seat option is available only in the top two trims.

The infotainment system doesn’t get all the XUV500’s goodies, such as Android Auto, but offers essential info like tyre pressure, navigation, fuel efficiency details, etc. The reversing camera uses the display to show you what’s behind and it also gets dynamic guidelines that show where you might end up based on the steering angle.Other features like the cruise control, climate control, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers and automatic start-stop are carried over from the outgoing Scorpio. The instrument cluster also remains the same as before with analogue dials for speed and RPM and a multi-info display.

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

Since it is also modular, this ladder will be the platform for all future body-on-frame Mahindra vehicles. What about the Scorpio pick-up? It will continue to use the older generation chassis as of now and according to Mahindra, there are no plans of an upgraded model anytime soon. The suspension uses a similar setup as before (double wishbone front and a multilink rear) but it is a newer unit and features polyurethane bushes instead of rubber. The former lasts longer since it is less vulnerable to abrasion and retains its original shape. The track has beenincreased on both axles too, reducing the turning radius from 5.6m to an impressive 5.4m. The steering system also features a new collapsible system.

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 Chennai

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 9,28,830/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 16,31,280/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Chennai. Check for Scorpio price in Chennai at Carzprice

Mahindra Scorpio Conclusion

The Scorpio’s arch rival is the Tata Safari Storme, but it’s starting to look old. You could also consider other soft-roaders like the Renault Duster for this kind of money, but the Duster couldn’t match the Scorpio’s ruggedness. The Scorpio’s prices have gone up in the recent years, and it now starts at Rs 9.97 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base trim with the 2.5-litre engine. The top variant with 4WD and the new engine will set you back Rs 16.01 lakh before insurance and registration.We’d recommend the S7 140PS variants as the best value for your hard-earned money. It costs Rs 12.99 lakh and gets the best of what you’d expect from a ladder frame SUV. However, it does miss out on a few features like alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment system, reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, captain seats and cruise control. Except for the cruise control and second-row captain seats, you can easily retrofit everything else as and when you please.

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