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Mahindra discontinues automatic variant of the Scorpio

Mahindra discontinues automatic variant of the Scorpio

Snapshot: The discontinuation of the automatic transmission variant of the Mahindra Scorpio may pave the way for the inclusion of a newer 6-speed automatic gearbox unit, which is presently found in the XUV500.

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Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the most popular 7-seater SUVs in India for a long time now. It is currently in its second generation, which was introduced back in 2014. However, the 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox version was a constant feature in both the generations after being carried forward from the previous generation. The company has now silently discontinued this automatic transmission version from its India line up.

The automatic transmission version of the Mahindra Scorpio was sourced from the Drivetrain System International in Australia and was available on the S10 (top end variant) with 2WD and 4WD units.

It is to be noted that with the discontinuation of the automatic transmission variant of the Mahindra Scorpio may pave the way for the inclusion of a newer 6-speed automatic gearbox unit, which is presently found in the XUV500. This new transmission unit is sourced from Aisin in Japan. Moreover, a new version (facelift) of the Scorpio was recently spied, which makes the discontinuation even more relevant and understandable. This new version may be introduced sometime by the festive season of 2017.

The Mahindra Scorpio is currently powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk CRDe diesel engine which can churn out a highest power of 120 bhp at 4,000 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 280 Nm at just 1,800 revolutions per minute. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. However, it is to be noted that despite having the same engine as the XUV500, the power delivery is lower in the Scorpio. Hence, if the new version of Scorpio gets the same automatic transmission gearbox from the XUV500, it might be getting the same 140 bhp power delivery as well.

The present automatic variant of the Mahindra XUV500 offers an ARAI-certified 13.8 kms per litre mileage. Hence, the new Scorpio Aisin-sourced automatic unit may offer the same fuel efficiency as well.

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