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Mahindra Scorpio

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7,91,453  - 12,45,656

EMI 16,816/mo (calculate)

Mahindra Scorpio might be a decade older, but the sting and punches this SUV will throw against its competitors will force the competition running for...

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Pros

  • Rugged SUV design and styling.
  • Good off-road performance and handling.
  • Torquey engine.

Cons

  • Suspension setup is very poor.
  • Lack of any notable features inside the cabin.
  • Automatic transmission is offered only in top-end variant
All 17 Mahindra Scorpio Variants

Sales statistics for last 6 months

20991 cars

Scorpio & competitors statistics

I have only driven scorpio a few kilometers and please note this is my first SUV, the best in class shock absorbers are great as not even a single bump on roads can be felt inside the cabin plus the cushion filled seats are also adding to the comfort. Once i took it for a long drive, it was about...

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Overview

Mahindra Scorpio, which even after 12 years of launch gives an adrenaline rush to its buyers, has been a cult product from the Indian auto major. The idea was conceived in the year 1997, but Mahindra took 5 years time to roll out Scorpio. Why? Ok, the reason is simple, Mahindra wanted the leap from ideation to product incubation to be perfect for its first indigenous product.

Scorpio established the Indian auto major’s name in the market by not only carving a name for itself, but also by putting a stamp on Mahindra and Mahindra’s capability of designing an all new product and putting it up in the market against the giants. Mahindra Scorpio changed the way the Indian SUV manufacturer was perceived. Outshining the rivals in its segment, Scorpio still garners decent sales for the company ever after a decade from its launch.

The major highlights of the SUV have been its pricing, the build, and comfortable interiors which has not let the glory of the SUV diminish in the past 12 years offering a tough competition to the newbies launched in the market and still garnering decent sales for the auto major.

Interior

Even after being a decade old design, you will not feel so when you get into this Mahindra’s offspring. The interiors are very impressive and elegant and will make any car lover fall in love. The roomy and spacious interiors are comfortable and offer feel at home feeling. The black allure and Tan and beige option upholstery offers plush appeal and compliments the look and feel of the SUV.

The central console is massive and has been finished in wood for a luxurious look. The interior lighting is done like a theatre and the illuminated key ring looks very superior. The door trims are finished in beige color. Now while seating in Mahindra Scorpio you will have plethora of headroom and legroom spacing and feel tall with because of the whopping ground distance. The driver gets a clear view of the road ahead and is seated in comfort inside the SUV with decent arm and leg support. The Scorpio can easily accommodate seven or eight people thanks to the inclusion of third row bench and the higher view do gives the passenger a commanding view of the road. With all passengers on board, the boot space is a little limited.

However, you have the option to fold down or flip forward the last row in case you need more spacing. The steering wheel is tilt-able and offers adjustment options to the driver. The central console features 2Din music system and comes with USB and AUX connectivity. There is plenty of storage space inside the SUV with cup holders in central bezel IP & Console, ticket holders, console box, etc. The tail gate and fuel lid opener re electrically operated.

Mileage

Loaded with the mHawk engine Mahindra Scorpio engine has a displacement of 2179cc. The power and performance of this tried and tested engine is known and appreciated in the world. Scorpio still stinging the competition with its looks also gives its competitors a run for their money with an average of 10.5kmpl in the city while the offroading capabilities are marked higher to 15.4kmpl when it comes the 2.2 CRDi engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. In case of the automatic one, the fuel efficiency figures are marked at 9.6kmpl and 13kmpl for onroad and offroad traveling.

Performance and Handling

The distinctive suspension system of Mahindra Scorpio is very efficient in handling the vehicle in all terrains. The extremely efficient 2WD Independent with coil spring and anti roll bars and 4WD Independent with torsion bar controls the front end while the rear is being managed with multilink with coil spring. The steering wheel is light even at high speeds and manages well in traffic.

Competitors

At the time of launch 12 years back, Mahindra Scorpio gave tough competition to Tata Safari and got into the limelight outshining the others. This archetypical SUV from the house of Mahindra has given tough competition of Mitsubishi Pajero with economical pricing and established itself as a premium brand vehicle with appeals to masses as well as classes. The niche and class, that Mahindra Scorpio has created for itself has led Scorpio SUV to stand together with the Renault’s game changer, Duster SUV in the Indian market. Mahindra never wanted to make a few quick bucks in hurry and the fine and indigenous design of Mahindra Scorpio still ruling the hearts of Indian audience proves that point.

Exterior

One-of-a-kind design, the Indian auto major feels proud on how the idea must have been perceived and then carved to make the Scorpio SUV a winner in its class. Mahindra Scorpio, right from its launch to a decade later, makes it presence on road felt. A head turned with the muscular body contour, it intimidates its competitors with ease. The rugged front grilled with signature of Scorpio proudly speaks of the lineage and the fierce slotted grilled can surely inspire fear in many.

The road armor bumpers protect the SUV like shield and the smart protective low drag intake adds to the toughness of this SUV. The multi-focal headlamps with sunrays reflectors along with the fog lamps announces the arrival of this high and mighty SUV.

The embossed side cladding offers bold and stealing looks and chunky door handles adds extra muscle power. The aggression can be seen in sporty decals that adds extra zing to the car and the 16inches wheels in the flared wheel arches looks stylish and dynamic. The rear end is as massive as the front giving an overall sturdy appearance to the SUV and features the Mahindra Scorpio insignia with pride. The rear lights cluster adds zing on the sides of the big and massive rear view mirror and side open tailgate makes it easy to ingress and egress on the third row seats. The integrated foot rest at the rear end mergers well with the rear bumpers and offers a striking look to the vehicle.

Engine & Transmission

The 2.2L mHawk engine doing duty in Mahindra Scorpio is a rugged performer. Offering amazing driving abilities, the delivery of power of this 2179cc engine is also linear. Available just in diesel variant like a typical Mahindra UV, the Scorpio’s CRDi engine with 4 valves per cylinder offers an impressive power figure of 120bhp @ 4000Nm and 290Nm torque @ 1800-2800rpm.

Mated to a five speed manual transmission gearbox, the mHawk’s engine performance is butter smooth and leads to offering an incredible mileage. The massive chassis of Mahindra Scorpio run by the 4-stroke turbocharger has low NVH levels even after being a diesel engine all thanks to to innovative two stage chain drive system and hydraulic lash adjuster.

Braking and Safety

This warrior from the house of Mahindra run by the massive and powerful 2.2 mHawk engine is being controlled with disc and caliper type, twin pot & tandem Booster for the front wheels of the SUV while the rear end is being tamed with drum brakes, which handles well the surprises Indian roads offer. Fraught up with ABS, decelerating the SUV from windspeed is extremely easy. ABS offers better steering control and helps prevention of wheel locking in case of panic braking. As for the safety, the SUV comes with both active and passive features that safeguard the SUV in case of a mishap. There are Dual SRS airbags, which reduces the impact of a collusion and jerk and work as a cushion-in effect. Then Mahindra has also added crash protection crumple zone that absorbs the impact of collusion. Speed alert keeps you in check and helps you set a voice assist alarm system, which keeps reminding you, the moment you cross the set speed limit. Dorr ajar warning comes in handy with children and the steel bars surrounding the SUV reduces the damages and level of impact the SUV might suffer in an accident. The headlamps offer night vision and clear visibility of the road along with front and rear fog lamps in the higher end versions. The demister helps to offer a clear vision of the road in the worst weather conditions. The seat belt reminder is also present in the SUV along with pretensioners, which reduce the impact in case of a hit or sudden braking. The digital immobilizer safeguards the SUV against theft and fire retardant upholstery will not let spread fire. The steering wheel is collapsible which minimizes the drivers injury chances. Anti pinch smart window along with features like dual horn, child lock, side impact beams, tubeless tyres all keep this high and mighty SUV safe.

What we think

Mahindra Scorpio might be a decade older, but the sting and punches this SUV will throw against its competitors will force the competition running for cover. The mHawk engine is a pioneer and offers the decent power and torque figures along with decent mileage. The no-nonsense rugged sporty and massive looks command attention which are always liked by the Sports Utility Vehicle lovers. The extra row of seats can accommodate any big Indian family. The cost of ownership is less along with decent after sales services.

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