India’s SUV specialist, Mahindra is on a spree to keep journos busy by their new launches, unveils and test mule spottings, but we ain’t complaining! Recently in Pune, the Mahindra Canto or the Quanto Facelift was spotted during a public road test. The compact SUV drove around in camouflage, but a sharp-eyed reader saw through it. Anyway, the Canto is not what we are going to talk about here; it is the elder people mover that is making the news.
Mahindra’s one of the best selling SUV, Scorpio, was spotted during a road test. The spotted SUV seemed to be a special edition and featured some fancy bits that are not on the regular one. The partly camouflaged Scorpio flaunts contrast coloured door handles and full body cladding, also in contrast colour. Apart from these, the roof rails, rear bumper and ORVM too featured a similar shade of colour. The alloys were in a dark shade and while rolling they revealed red disc brake callipers on the front. The special edition decals were also visible through the camouflage. Since it is a special edition, we can expect that the SUV will be pumped up with features and accessories, which include new upholstery, upgraded infotainment system and more. While the exteriors and interiors will be refreshed, the tech-mech will be the same.
Currently, Mahindra has put up 7 variants of the Scorpio in the market available in two engine options. The Scorpio S2 is powered by a turbo charged m2DICR 4 cylinder 2.5 L, 4 stroke, Common Rail Diesel engine with Direct Injection. It makes 75 bhp at 3,200 rpm and 200 Nm between 1,400 – 2,200 rpm. The other six variants draw power from a mHawk 4 cylinder Engine with Variable Geometry Turbocharger with Intercooler The engine features 4 valves per cylinder and Common Rail Direct Injection tech. The power made by the engine is 120 bhp at 4,000rpm and a max torque of 280Nm between 1,800 – 2,800 rpm. Except the top end S10 AT variant, all the others are equipped with a 5 speed gearbox. The S10 AT come with a 6-speed Automatic transmission. Interestingly the new 1,997cc powerplants developed by Mahindra make the same power figures as the 2,179cc engines.
The new KUV100 was in the headlines, then the XUV Aero concept made the thunder, now Mahindra is dressing up the Scorpio for the 2016 party. For now there are no official details about the launch of the special edition Scorpio, but will be out soon, till then stay tuned for updates!