Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Review & First Drive

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

The Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the most popular SUV’s from the Mahindra stables. Plenty of features, a very strong engine and offering good value for money, the Scorpio always garnered strong sales numbers. Mahindra has kept updating the Scorpio over the years, however the last important update was the inclusion of the 2.2 litre mHawk engine along with ABS and Airbags. However dynamically the Scorpio still had a lot of issues including and extremely bouncy ride, plenty of body roll and a chassis which simply could not handle the power put out by that strong engine. For 2014, Mahindra has finally tried to address the mentioned issues with an all-new modular chassis, new front and rear axles, new and updated suspension bits as well as an updated gearbox carried over from the new Xylo. And while at it, the exteriors and the interiors have also been worked upon. We put some pedal to the metal to see how much has the new Scorpio evolved. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in India/Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra Scorpio Exterior & Style

Mahindra has made many changes on the KUV100 and the TUV300 that makes it look better. More evolved. The Scorpio already looked good and now it gets some minor changes. To begin with, an all new front grille, which resembles the Genio. Many will even relate it to the Jeep Compass as well. The headlamps are smoked out and double barrel ones. There is daytime running LEDs that make it look stylish. There is an air scoop on the bonnet. The other change is the new front bumper and additional chrome on the front fogs.Moving to the side, not much has changed there. There are the same 17-inch tyres, but the alloy wheels are all new. The black roof rails continue and the Scorpio embossing on the side. The rear gets a new chrome strip, which is like a small moustache — sometime like Charlie Chaplin. An integrated spoiler and the side swinging rear door.

Mahindra Scorpio Interior & Space

The updated Mahindra Scorpio continues with the dual-tone black and beige treatment for the dashboard. There are no vast improvements and you get the same 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a new reverse parking camera (with dynamic assist). You also get Bluetooth, AUX, USB connectivity and Navigation but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are still missing. Mahindra hasn’t done any changes to the door pockets as well and one will find it almost impossible to access the door pockets or even adjust the position of the seat when the doors are closed. The new S11 variant gets a sun-glass holder and auto-window roll up (window rolls up automatically when you lock the car). Some other features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, TPMS, follow me home headlamps, projector headlamps with static bending function and climate control. The AC chills the cabin nicely while the seats are comfortable, however, the third row jump seats are best suited for kids.

Mahindra Scorpio Engine & Gearbox

So while this is an all-new Scorpio, the 2.2 litre mHawk engine is retained with a few changes. And that is not a bad thing at all. Crank the starter and the Scorpio vibrates itself to life. Once on idle though, its quite smooth. Moving off, the Scorpio eases off gracefully with no crudeness at all. Shifting is a much better affair now thanks to the updated 5MT320 5-speed manual gearbox borrowed from the updated Xylo. While throws are a little long its not discomforting in anyway.

Coming back to the engine, the 2179cc diesel unit gathers momentum quickly. Pushing out 120 PS @ 4000 rpm and 280 Nm of torque and aided by a variable geometry turbocharger, the revs rise quickly and so do the speeds. Slapping on the Vbox, the Scorpio hit 60 km/h in 5.4 seconds and went charging past a 100 km/h in 14 seconds flat. And the speedo needle keeps climbing as you go past 160 km/h after which things start getting hairy. However more than outright performance its drivability what matters here. 60-80 km/h in third gear took just 3.8 seconds while the same in third took just 3 seconds flat. One barely needs to shift gears as the Scorpio has enough grunt to pull from speeds as low as 30 km/h in 4th gear. Hit the highways and the Scorpio’s shows its forte. It cruises effortlessly carrying 3 digit speeds and can do so all day. Refinement is quite good even at higher speeds with no intrusive humming whatsoever.Shedding speed is not a problem either. No discs at the rear but our variant came with ABS and EBD which keeps a lot of drama in check. Slam the brakes and the retardation makes the nose dive quite a bit. Standing on the brakes at a 100 km/h, the Scorpio came to a halt in 4.2 seconds covering a distance of 53.2 metres.

Mahindra Scorpio Driving Dynamics

The ride quality of the Scorpio is the same. There has been an improvement for the new generation, but nothing has changed for the facelift. The front row seats offer good enough support, while the rear seats do get a bit bumpy on bad roads. The jump seats isn’t the most comfortable place to be.The handling of the vehicle is decent. It is a ideal to drive this vehicle upto 120km/hr, post that it gets bumpy. There isn’t much confidence at that speed. The steering feedback is good enough.

Mahindra Scorpio Braking & Safety

Global NCAP has crash-tested the Mahindra Scorpio (with no airbags) and the SUV scored a poor zero star rating in adult occupancy test and a mere two-star rating in the child occupancy test. However, Mahindra is offering dual airbags and ABS starting from the S5 trim. Considering that the S11 trim costs over 15 lakhs, it would have been great if Mahindra had offered side airbags, at least as an option. Mahindra’s after-sales service is good and the automaker has a widespread network across India.

Mahindra Scorpio Cost in Chennai

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 9,25,758/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 16,27,162/- (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

While this might look more like a facelift rather than an all-new car, Mahindra has put in a serious amount of work to iron out the glitches. The styling is sharper, its got plenty of kit, a strong engine and most importantly is leagues ahead of its predecessor as far as dynamics are concerned. Prices start at Rs. 8.40 lakh for the base in its segment. You even get a 4wd S10 variant which is priced at Rs. 13.05 lakh which again makes it the most value for money 4WD one can buy. Yes it still has a few minor flaws but its looking at the larger picture which makes the new Scorpio still the hit it always was.

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