Mahindra Scorpio Overview

Today officially went on sale in India priced at Rs 9.97 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Mahindra has revised the variant names as well and SUV will primarily come in four variants – S3, S5, S7, and S11. The 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift comes with some noticeable cosmetic updates along with a host of new feature additions, made mainly to the cabin. The most interesting update has been made to the engine which now makes about 18 bhp more and Mahindra has also introduced a new Aisin-sourced 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.Mahindra View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra Scorpio Look

Hugely impressed by the new Scorpio’s front end when it came out in 2014, particularly with the fangs on its grille. The fangs are gone now and have been replaced by a simpler looking 7-slat grille that leans more towards a ‘family’ look. The headlights, front bumper and skid plate get mild design changes as well while the fog lamps now get a chrome housing. Changes to the front end are thus not too extensive, though the difference can be noticed immediately particularly thanks to the new grille. The intake continues to take its place of pride on the hood, and certainly adds to the macho appeal.The roof rails are exactly the same, and continue to look very appealing. Changes to the rear include a redesigned tail gate, though again the changes are just about enough to distinguish the refreshed version from the older one. Of course, current owners will be quick to notice the change in the contours, even though the new design continues with sharp edges which is a good thing in our books. The tail lights get minor revisions as well, as do the aero vents on either side of the rear windscreen.

Mahindra Scorpio Comfort

The interiors on the new Mahindra Scorpio have been heavily reworked too. And for the better. The dashboard is all new, as is the steering, the door trim and the seats. The dash with its layered design looks more upmarket now and the choice of materials, colours and the attention to fit and finish is a huge improvement over the outgoing Scorpio. The instrumentation is more in line with the new Scorpio’s youthful aura while it remains easy to read and throws up a decent amount of info including gear indication.The operability of controls – dials, buttons, stalks et al – is crisper and better dampened too on the new Mahindra Scorpio. Mahindra has paid attention towards improving the ergonomics as well. The aircon vents are not only better shaped, their effectiveness has improved as well. Also, the power window switches have now moved to the doors from the central console as on the previous Scorpio. Though this is thoughtful change, it has negatively affected how one works the driver side seat height adjustment; it leaves no space between the seat and the door to put your arm in. We would have also liked the front armrest to have more adjustability; currently, it moves along with the seat back, which is quite pointless.

As for space, there isn’t a big improvement over the older Scorpio. Having said that, apart from lack of elbow room upfront, there’s nothing to complain about; there’s more than adequate room all round be it for head, knee or shoulder. And the boot with the jump seats folded offers good luggage room.Mahindra has garnered a reputation of delivering an exhaustive features list on its products. The new Scorpio is no different. It is comfortably the best equipped SUV in its class, at least in this top of the line S10 trim. The new Mahindra Scorpio S10 gets a touchscreen multimedia system with Satnav and bluetooth. There’s reversing aid, climate control, cruise control, a multi-functional steering wheel, rear AC vents, power ORVMs, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. The new Scorpio also gets a strut operated bonnet and this is important because it tells us Mahindra’s intent of moving up the premium ladder by offering convenience related bits the lack of which aren’t exactly deal breakers in this class.

Mahindra Scorpio Gearbox

The new gearbox comes with a self-adjusting clutch that Mahindra claims will offer consistent feel without calling for more effort over extended usage. The clutch pedal indeed called for very little effort while gear changes were more positive sans the older unit’s rubbery feel. While the reduced clutch effort should make for more comfortable drives in traffic, the positive shifts should offer a more engaging feel. The revised VGT makes for a sprightlier feel as soon as you start moving, as peak torque is now available earlier.The punchy feel continues as revs go up and power delivery is linear with a consistent surge beyond 3000rpm. We couldn’t test the new Scorpio for acceleration, but I am certain it will post noticeably quicker 0-100kmph times in a VBOX test. The engine also feels calmer with lesser vibration, while NVH levels are better, making for a quieter in-cabin experience even at above 100kmph. Of course, having an additional gear helps matter, as the engine is revving lower now at say 100kmph, which should also improve fuel efficiency over longer drives.

The six-speed gearbox uses a new shift pattern too, and to slot into reverse you now need to push the lever further to the left beyond first. This is slightly confusing and will take some getting used to, as I ended up engaging reverse instead of first several times, though thankfully as a safety feature a loud beep informs you that reverse gear has been engaged and not first.The Scorpio continues to use Mahindra’s third generation body on frame chassis that was introduced in 2014, while the suspension has been tweaked to handle the additional power. This shouldn’t affect ride quality though and the new Scorpio offered a good ride on the test track which has smooth, even tarmac. The brakes have been beefed as well and the new Scorpio uses revised brake pads and new brake boosters to improve braking.

Mahindra Scorpio Rideing

Another huge change on the new Mahindra Scorpio is the chassis. It still is a body-on-ladder frame SUV but the ladder frame has been completely revised for the new model. The frame is lighter and doubly stiff as compared to the older Scorpio. The wheelbase has been kept the same but the tracks – front and rear – are wider in order to reduce the turning circle as well as improve stability. What’s more, the suspension geometry has been altered, there are new more effective dampers and there’s even an anti-roll bar now at the rear. And of course the new Scorpio now runs 17 inch wheels instead of 16 inchers.On the road, the new Scorpio feels better tied down now. There’s still some side to side movement and the ride quality over broken roads is still jiggly, but it isn’t uncomfortable. The ride is also quieter and the increase in travel along with bigger wheels makes the new Mahindra Scorpio almost invincible over pot holes, no matter how huge. As for ease of driving, the shorter turning circle makes it easier to manoeuvre; the visibility is still great upfront and from the sides and via the large ORVMs; and with reverse parking sensors (in this the S10 trim), parking is a non-issue too.

One of the big issues with the older Scorpio was its unrefined dynamics. Even though various improvements were made over its near decade and a half long lifespan, the handling and braking of the Scorpio was never really secure. Now with the new chassis, new track lengths and significant suspension changes, the new Mahindra Scorpio feels a lot more planted. It’s still not a handling or braking benchmark, but you can finally push it hard without a prayer. The steering response is acceptable and even though the Scorpio still rolls and dives, the movements aren’t alarmingly high. The brake feel has improved and the new Scorpio displays less tendency now to swing about under hard braking.

Mahindra Scorpio Safety

Airbags for driver and co-passenger are offered on S4+ onwards in the range missing out on the entry level variants. ABS with EBD and panic brake indication is also available on variants above the S4 trim. Other safety features aboard include collapsible steering column and side intrusion beams, digital immobiliser, anti-theft warning, seat belt reminder lamp, speed alert and auto door lock while driving.Loaded on features, the Mahindra Scorpio comes equipped with dual projector headlamps, new LED parking lights and LED tail lights. The SUV comes with a four-spoke power steering that gets audio controls, automatic climate control, height adjustable driver’s seat, front seat armrests and fabric upholstered seats. Customers also get electrically adjustable ORVMs, follow-me-home headlamps, anti-pinch power windows, charging points for first and second rows as well as cruise control. The SUV also comes with rain and light sensors and is available in four colour options.

Mahindra Scorpio Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,10,071/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 15,83,643/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Scorpio price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra Scorpio Conclusion

On the whole, the Scorpio retains its old-school feel while feeling more modern and car-like to drive with its higher performance and new, vastly improved transmission. Better brakes are a welcome change too, while the ride quality didn’t let me complain, on the test track at least. The reverse camera is a value addition though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not on offer just yet. Mahindra tells us it is working on offering the connectivity though. Pricing for the refreshed 2018 Mahindra Scorpio begins at Rs 9.97 lakh for the base, S3 variant and goes up to Rs 14.78 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) for the top of the line S11 variant you see here. Given its changes and improvements, the Scorpio, billed as one of the original Indian SUVs, continues to offer a likeable feel to those looking for an old-school SUV.

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