Mahindra Scorpio Overview
What Mac burger is to McDonalds, the Scorpio is to Mahindra. This is a company’s tried and tested vehicle that has a lot of fan following. Of course, there is also the Big Mac, the XUV500 but it is the smaller one that is in good demand. An SUV that redefined the company’s image. From being a company that made Armada and Bolero to the new Scorpio. Those were the early days when Indian car market was booming. There were old models of European car brands and there wasn’t anything in the SUV, except the Safari. This also had its own set of issues and performance we a major concern. The Scorpio in 2001 added a breath of fresh air.
Mahindra is on a verge on revamping all its products. First came the TUV300 with a new variant, then the KUV100 with NXT and now the 2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift. This is the new-gen SUV that was launched in 2014, and has got a timely update. The changes are more mechanical and some minor cosmetic upgrades too. What does the Scorpio have on offer? Is it more features or better performance? Any additional features that make it a lot more appealing? View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Mahindra Scorpio Style
So while the basic design is the same, Mahindra like recently has added a lot of busy element to the new Scorpio. While many found the design to be overdone when seen the first time, just like the XUV 5oo, it tends to grow on you. Ogle at it and you’ll notice that the Scorpio looks much more aggressive now.The front end is completely redesigned with a reshaped bonnet, projector headlamps and a more “toothy” grille.The LED strip in the headlight looks like a DRL but are actually parking lights which look like eyebrows and really attract a lot of attention at night. The good thing is that the new front does not look out of place considering the same age old silhouette is retained..
On the side, the pillars have been blackened and there are new 17-inch alloys compared to the previous 16 inchers. While the side claddings are body coloured in the S10 variant you see here, the lower S2 and S4 variants get unpainted, black cladding. The rear is where the designers seem to have got the busiest.A large matte plastic insert runs across the entire width of the tail gate which frankly does not gel well with the looks. While its does go un-noticed on darker shades, white is where it looks the most disconnected. Mahindra have omitted a tail-gate mounted spare wheel once again which is a big hit with SUV lovers in the country.Overall the design has definitely evolved but it does take time to get over the busy elements.
The S11 variant gets new additions on the inside in the form of the dark grey faux-leather seat upholstery, embellished with a dark blue weave pattern that goes well with the cabin, and gear lever and steering wheel wrapped in the same faux leather.Apart from this, the interiors don’t deviate from the current vehicle and everything seems familiar. The driver’s seat gives you a commanding view of the road and surroundings through its vast glasshouse. The plastic quality still leaves a lot to be desired; for example, the door handles feel like they could break off if you pull them too hard.
In terms of equipment, it gets a new dynamic parking camera that helps indicate the vehicle’s trajectory while parking. It is a nice feature to have if you are attempting a reverse manoeuvre with a vehicle the size of the Scorpio. Power windows get a delayed-operation feature post engine shut down, while the driver side window also gets an auto roll-up feature when you lock the vehicle. Also sure to come in handy are a couple of new utility spaces, including a mobile holder slot near the gear lever and a sunglass holder near the inside rear-view mirror.
Other features that are carried forward are the touchscreen infotainment system that impresses overall, but sadly does not feature Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which, today, is fast becoming de rigueur. Micro-hybrid technology, a tyre pressure monitoring system, rain-sensing wiper and automatic headlamps also get carried forward. For more info on Mahindra Scorpio visit industrynewswire.in
Mahindra Scorpio Engine
The same 2.2-litre mHawk continues but with additional power. This engine now churns about 140bhp of power and close to 320Nm of peak torque. The power is bumped by 20bhp and 40Nm. The transmission is now a six-speed. This is the biggest change and the XUV500 has been transferred to the Scorpio. The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift is available with three power ratings, the S3 gets 75bhp version, then the 120bhp is available on S5 and S7. The S7 even has 140bhp version and even the S11. All have five-speed manual except the 140bhp version. There is no automatic on offer at the moment.
The ease of driving the engine exists on the Scorpio. The power band is between 1300rpm to 3000rpm. After the engine revs without much torque or power. This is a good thing about this engine. As there is power at low speeds, it is very easy to drive in the city. There is sufficient performance from the engine. The engine is noisy and there is vibrations on the gear lever. The gear lever isn’t rubbery and has a smooth shift. There is some struggle when you put it in the reverse gear, which makes it a tad difficult to drive in.
Mahindra Scorpio Driving
Clutch operation is better as well and the pedal can be depressed quite easily, though its travel felt excessively long. It now uses a self-adjusting clutch unit, which prevents it from becoming harder with age.NVH levels have improved slightly with the use of better sound-deadening material. It starts up with the typical diesel clatter but settles down later. Increase pressure on the throttle and sounds do permeate the insides. A major irritant though is the driver-side A-pillar area, which is prone to a lot of wind noise.Scorpio’s suspension remains the same, however, Mahindra say that it has tweaked the spring and damper settings to compensate for the increased weight and performance.
Mahindra Scorpio 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 Cost in Hyderabad
Mahindra Scorpio On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 10,45,858 to 19,57,102 for variants Scorpio Getaway 2WD and Scorpio S11 4WD respectively. Mahindra Scorpio is available in 8 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Scorpio variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Scorpio ptice in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Mahindra Scorpio Conclusions
The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift is a good package if you are looking at driving in the city and need something big and powerful. However, it isn’t a good value for money. There aren’t many features, the quality needs improvement and rear seat comfort, could have been better. With all the aspects, the Scorpio does need a new design and Mahindra will have to go back to the drawing board. The competition has caught up and even the XUV500 is a better value for money package today.