Mahindra Scorpio Overview
Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the most successful models in the company’s lineup and is considered as a sales mainstay, at least in the seven-seater SUV segment. In fact, having such a reputation has prompted the company to keep updating the SUV quite regularly. Considering the Mahindra Scorpio price in India, it is one of the most fitting alternatives to the Tata Hexa. The SUV is very competitively priced and turns out to a very good value for money car. Visually, the new Mahindra Scorpio 2017 is a treat to watch and has every bit of those aesthetic cues that make it look bold and muscular. Book a test drive for Scorpio in Tryaldrive
Mahindra Scorpio Exterior
Hugely impressed by the new Scorpio’s front end when it came out in 2014, particularly with the fangs on its grille. The fangs are gone now and have been replaced by a simpler looking 7-slat grille that leans more towards a ‘family’ look. The headlights, front bumper and skid plate get mild design changes as well while the fog lamps now get a chrome housing. Changes to the front end are thus not too extensive, though the difference can be noticed immediately particularly thanks to the new grille. The intake continues to take its place of pride on the hood, and certainly adds to the macho appeal.
The roof rails are exactly the same, and continue to look very appealing. Changes to the rear include a redesigned tail gate, though again the changes are just about enough to distinguish the refreshed version from the older one. Of course, current owners will be quick to notice the change in the contours, even though the new design continues with sharp edges which is a good thing in our books. The tail lights get minor revisions as well, as do the aero vents on either side of the rear windscreen.
Mahindra Scorpio Interior
Mahindra massively improved the cabin on the new Scorpio when the current generation version arrived. The utilitarian look made way for a more premium version including a dual-tone colour scheme and a slew of additional features. That said, the dashboard could’ve been less busy and the layout isn’t the best on offer. The centre console looks particularly dated and is need of an update that is expected to come soon. In terms of space, the SUV offers enough room to passengers seated inside. There are practical storage points as well across the cabin, but you do wish for a more premium cabin overall.
Loaded on features, the Mahindra Scorpio comes equipped with dual projector headlamps, new LED parking lights and LED tail lights. The SUV comes with a four-spoke power steering that gets audio controls, automatic climate control, height adjustable driver’s seat, front seat armrests and fabric upholstered seats. Customers also get electrically adjustable ORVMs, follow-me-home headlamps, anti-pinch power windows, charging points for first and second rows as well as cruise control. The SUV also comes with rain and light sensors and is available in four colour options.
Mahindra Scorpio Engine
The new Mahindra Scorpio continues to use the same 2.2-litre Diesel engine as the older model and that’s no bad thing because we have always regarded this 122PS, 280Nm motor as a fine unit be it the power delivery, its torquey nature or even its refinement levels. And now it is mated to a new 5-speed manual gearbox which has improved the shift quality. The latter is still notchy, but an improvement over the previous ‘box, nonetheless. The clutch effort isn’t tiresome either but yes it could do with a bit more progression. As for performance, the new Mahindra Scorpio is no scorcher off the line but the torquey nature of the engine makes it a great tool for highway driving, given of course you don’t get overzealous trying to match faster cars. It’s still best to stick to the ton mark and thereabouts instead of trying to go flat out.
The Mahindra Scorpio offers a very impressive mileage which is one of the bests in the segment. With a fuel metre reading as 15.4 kmpl (ARAI certified), the SUV is definitely one of the most fuel-efficient big-sized SUVs in the market. The mileage figure is very much at par with the Mahindra Bolero, its own sibling.The new generation Mahindra Scorpio claims to deliver fuel efficiency of 15.37 kmpl, which is a considerable increase compared to the 11.2 kmpl. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is a workhorse and is known for its heavy-duty performance.
Mahindra Scorpio Driving
The punchy feel continues as revs go up and power delivery is linear with a consistent surge beyond 3000rpm. We couldn’t test the new Scorpio for acceleration, but I am certain it will post noticeably quicker 0-100kmph times in a VBOX test. The engine also feels calmer with lesser vibration, while NVH levels are better, making for a quieter in-cabin experience even at above 100kmph. Of course, having an additional gear helps matter, as the engine is revving lower now at say 100kmph, which should also improve fuel efficiency over longer drivesThe six-speed gearbox uses a new shift pattern too, and to slot into reverse you now need to push the lever further to the left beyond first. This is slightly confusing and will take some getting used to, as I ended up engaging reverse instead of first several times, though thankfully as a safety feature a loud beep informs you that reverse gear has been engaged and not first.
The Scorpio continues to use Mahindra’s third generation body on frame chassis that was introduced in 2014, while the suspension has been tweaked to handle the additional power. This shouldn’t affect ride quality though and the new Scorpio offered a good ride on the test track which has smooth, even tarmac. The brakes have been beefed as well and the new Scorpio uses revised brake pads and new brake boosters to improve braking.
Mahindra Scorpio Safety
Airbags for driver and co-passenger are offered on S4+ onwards in the range missing out on the entry level variants. ABS with EBD and panic brake indication is also available on variants above the S4 trim. Other safety features aboard include collapsible steering column and side intrusion beams, digital immobiliser, anti-theft warning, seat belt reminder lamp, speed alert and auto door lock while driving.
Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi 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 New Delhi. Check for Scorpio price in New Delhi at Carzprice
Mahindra Scorpio Conclusion
This is the first proper change the Mahindra Scorpio has received since its launch way back in 2002. And given it gets a new chassis and nearly all new body panels, it is almost like a generation change. The same – to a large extent – can be said about its improvements in looks, fit and finish, and crucially, dynamics. Mahindra has also packed in a lot of equipment in the new Scorpio and when you consider its price tag compared to the likes of the Renault Duster, the Nissan Terrano and the Tata Safari Storme, not to mention its ability to seat seven or even eight people, it’s now a proposition that’s very hard to overlook.