After more than a decade of its existence, millions of fans, and a commendable performance as an SUV, the Mahindra Scorpio's innings couldn't be called anything but successful. Now as Mahindra plans to introduce the new version of one of its most popular SUVs ever, we take a look at what could be in store for the prospective buyers, fans, and critics.
A lot has changed since the Scorpio graced the showrooms for the first time. First, the Indian buyer has matured, the competition has risen, and on top of all, the expectations have increased. On the other hand, Mahindra has shown that it is capable of making a more premium product like the XUV500. Also, the presence of the Thar makes it clear that neither have the off-road enthusiasts gone soft nor has the brand.
With all that in mind, the new Scorpio has to pull it off in style. Expected receive a design update, the new version is likely to sport a more stylish front end. The silhouette will remains unchanged, so don't expect a lot of updates on the side profile, but the rear should sport new tail-lamps, at the very least. The changes on the inside are expected to be bigger, and since you're going to spend more time inside the vehicle, it matters a lot as well, doesn't it? Equipment and features from the XUV500 is likely to make it to the Scorpio, which only means that the premium quotient of the SUV will be higher than before.
There have been no announcements from Mahindra as such, but the engine options aren't likely to change. So the current mHawk unit will be present in the new Scorpio, although we won't be surprised if Mahindra bumps up the power a little. The lesser m2DI motor could still do the job in the lower-end variants of the new Scorpio, but with less power than the mHawk, of course.
Given the new entrants are priced and specced high, Mahindra won't want to take great risks, so the pricing will be sensible. Again, that's never been a problem with Mahindras, so it's almost a given. What remains to be seen now is how the brand solves the not so desirable on-road manners of the Scorpio. Because if Mahindra nails that, the market won't have problems in making the new version reach the heights the original model did.
LED daytime running lights, projector headlamps, a touchscreen based music system, and an updated design - would all of that be good enough to entice the Indian buyer? Well, let's not forget that underneath that sheet(s) of metal lies a very capable package. Both on and off the roads, the Scorpio has been a favourite of many. Let's hope the new version takes it forward.
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