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  • March 24, 2019

Mahindra Scorpio Performance & Test Drive

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

The Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most popular SUVs sold in India, thanks to a reputation that has been solidified over more than a decade. It was Mahindra’s first truly modern SUV and with multiple updates over the years, it kept up with the needs of the market, while catering to a wide range of customers.The new-generation Scorpio features some attention grabbing design and new features, while maintaining its nature as an abuse-friendly SUV. Let’s explore what the Scorpio has to offer.

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Make no mistake, the Mahindra Scorpio is still an old-school SUV underneath. It might not be the most comfortable offering in its segment, nor is it great at handling. However, it makes up for all that with its usability. The Scorpio’s mHawk engines are a tractable lot and are a boon in the city commutes as well. Add to that the practicality of the 7-seats and the roomy Scorpio can easily act as a great family car too.The Mahindra Scorpio with its rugged demeanour can easily take on almost every challenge that the Indian roads can throw in its path. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Mahindra Scorpio Look

In terms of looks, Mahindra has not fiddled too much and the Scorpio still makes for a familiar sight. Up front, there’s an all-new grille which replaces the blade-like chrome slats of the previous model with a more traditional seven-slotted design. It also gets a redesigned bumper with new fog lamps, a new skid plate, subtly tweaked projector headlamps and ORVMs that now come integrated with side indicators.

The rear end has been cleaned up, the tailgate is all new and Mahindra has completely done away with the plastic appliqué that surrounds the number plate. The Scorpio’s already good-looking tail-lamps look better with a new red theme (from the earlier clear look).

Overall, the Scorpio’s nip and tuck job does enough make it look more contemporary and also lends it a hint of sophistication. Along with the new engine and design facelift, Mahindra has also added a new top-end variant called the S11, which features additional equipment. The new, more powerful mHawk140 engine will be available only in the S7 and S11 variants, along with the four-wheel-drive option. There’s a base S3 variant that will feature the m2DICR engine developing 75hp and 200Nm torque. Scorpio’s existing 120hp 2.2 mHawk engine, which also carries forward, will be available in the S5 and S7 trims. Sadly, there still is no automatic transmission on offer.

Mahindra Scorpio Comfort

Walk into the cabin and there isn’t a major change. The same steering wheel is carried forward. This is a lot like the wheel on the XUV500. There is audio controls on the left and cruise control on the right. The right hand side of the driver are controls for front defogger, mirror adjustment and of course key slot. There is no push start stop for a vehicle of this price. The instrument cluster has a basic twin dial set-up and driver information system only two trips and gear-indicator in the binnacle. This is light blue backlit.

The centre console has AC vents, followed by the same touchscreen system with reverse camera and dynamic assist when parking. Then it is the climate control. There is no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on offer. There is distance to empty and mileage on the touchscreen. In terms of practicality, there are other issues too. For instance, the door pocket cannot be accessed until it is opened. Front doors cannot hold any bottles. The glovebox is fairly small and two bottles can be placed in the centre, besides the hand brake. The rear door pockets can hold 1-litre bottles and there is a cupholder on the floor with the rear AC vents. The positioning is incorrect and cups can easily slide and spill.

The front seats have decent support and are more like a chair. You sit on it. Both the front seats have individual foldable arm rests. The view is commanding and one of the best for any SUV. There is faux leather on the top model with some fabric inserts too. The second row isn’t spacious, but it is just manageable. The second row seating isn’t very comfortable. This makes it a tad difficult to sit comfortable on long trips. The back support needs some more padding. The third row of seats are jump. Good headroom but just sufficient knee room for tall people when two people sit.

Mahindra Scorpio Gearbox

With the new mHawk140 engine, power is up by 20hp and torque by 40Nm, and this translates into a very visible increase in performance. Now equipped with a new Borg Warner turbocharger, the Scorpio feels so much more energetic than before and you can feel a surge of that 320Nm torque at around 1,500rpm and remains with you till about 3,500rpm before starting to taper down. While initial acceleration has definitely improved, the mid-range is now much stronger, which should be great for highway overtaking; Mahindra only allowed us a brief drive on the company test track so we’ll know more once we have it out on the open roads. Top-end whack is also better and the engine does not run out of breath like before. To adapt to the increase in power, Mahindra has also uprated the brakes by increasing the brake booster size.For more details on Mahindra Scorpio visit orsp.in  

The engine comes paired with an all-new six-speed gearbox; the additional gear is a boon for higher speeds. It was developed in-house and is already being used on some of the company’s export models. Mahindra said that it paid special attention to the unit’s shift quality, a common grouse with the five-speed gearbox. After operating it, you’ll notice that shift action definitely feels better than before and also requires slightly lesser effort to change gears. What is frustrating though is engaging the reverse gear, which requires quite a bit of effort to engage and slot into place. In fact, it can take quite a few tries to get used to.

Clutch operation is better as well and the pedal can be depressed quite easily, though its travel felt excessively long. It now uses a self-adjusting clutch unit, which prevents it from becoming harder with age. NVH levels have improved slightly with the use of better sound-deadening material. It starts up with the typical diesel clatter but settles down later. Increase pressure on the throttle and sounds do permeate the insides. A major irritant though is the driver-side A-pillar area, which is prone to a lot of wind noise. Scorpio’s suspension remains the same, however, Mahindra say that it has tweaked the spring and damper settings to compensate for the increased weight and performance.

Mahindra Scorpio Rideing

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.Scorpio’s suspension remains the same, however, Mahindra say that it has tweaked the spring and damper settings to compensate for the increased weight and performance.

Mahindra Scorpio Safety

The Mahindra Scorpio is pretty healthy in terms of braking and safety, except the base model. The top-end Mahindra Scorpio car has dual safety airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system and seat belt warning. ABS, along with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) is also given in the top model. However, child safety lock and vehicle immobilizer are added as standard across all the variants.

Mahindra Scorpio Price in Hyderabad

Mahindra Scorpio On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 10,45,858 to 19,57,102 for variants Scorpio Getaway 2WD and Scorpio S11 4WD respectively. Mahindra Scorpio is available in 8 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Scorpio variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Scorpio price in Hyderabad at Cazrprice.

Mahindra Scorpio Bottomline

While prices for the 75hp, 2.5-litre (older) engine variant of the facelifted Scorpio start at Rs 9.97 lakh, the new-tuned 140hp, 2.2-litre engine variant starts at Rs 12.99 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi), making it more expensive than comparable Tata Safari Storme variants and just shy of the Tata Hexa and Mahindra’s own XUV500. So it doesn’t really come cheap. Also, there are still many rough edges with the facelift. The interiors are not all that great, imperfect fit and finish may show in places and some desirables, like an automatic transmission, are missing as well. But with the new-tuned mHawk140 engine, the Scorpio gets a boost in performance and fixes the weak top-end grunt that buyers complained about. The ample torque available throughout the rev range and the new six-speed gearbox should make it easy to, both, amble around in the city and drive briskly on the highway. Performance-wise, it is a big thumbs-up. Plus, the Scorpio still retains its traditional butch stance, so if you’ve been a fan of the Scorpio you’ll love the extra sting in its tail.

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