After being spotted multiple times over the past few months, the 3rd generation of Mahindra Scorpio has leaked online without any camouflage for the first time.
The launch is extremely imminent, with Mahindra themselves teasing the reveal multiple times. The new SUV is supposed to come with a complete overhaul of features, looks and powertrains options. Here is all you need to get up to speed before its launch.
Design of The New Scorpio:
The new Scorpio looks very tall and imposing, just like its predecessor. In front, it gets a completely revamped grille with hexagonal elements and lots of chrome bits everywhere. From the teaser video, it was understood that the Scorpio will come with C-shaped DRLs below the headlights. Also below the front bumper is a new aluminium-finished skid plate.
Although from the leaked photos it seems as if Mahindra has let go of the bonnet scoop. Also visible is a usage of the old Mahindra logo, but the production versions are sure to come with its refreshed ‘Twin Peaks’ iteration that debuted on the XUV700. The car looks very modern yet keeps in essence with the traditional Scorpio design language.
The next-gen Scorpio gets new dual tone alloys as part of its design upgrade. The side gets its usual share of changes, notably an upward curve along the window line; and black cladding over the wheels.
At the rear, its completely overhauled design looks rather striking. The Volvo XC-inspired tail lamps flank a sideways opening rear door. The setup does give the car a very tall stance, again keeping in essence with typical Scorpio flavours. Lower down, the blacked out rear bumper also has a significantly more amount of chrome than the 2nd gen variant. The new Scorpio even gets a skid plate below it all, to add to the sporty appeal of it.
Overall, expect the new generation Mahindra Scorpio to look radically different from its predecessor.
Features and Interiors of the upcoming Scorpio:
On the features side of things, you will get a modern interior look. Previously seen spy shots have shown a new 8-inch infotainment display separate from that of the part-analogue driver’s display. The centre console will be populated mostly with analogue buttons for various controls. Among new additions, expect mood lighting, dual zone climate control, and the all-important sunroof, although not a panoramic one. Mahindra is expected to provide connected car features in the Scorpio, but presumably not the ADAS driver assistance systems you get on the XUV.
The middle row seat was also seen to have a captain seat layout, an option not available in the previous generations.
The next-gen Mahindra Scorpio is assumed to come with 2.2L Diesel and 2.0L Petrol engine options. Power will be almost on the lines of its bigger cousin, the XUV 700, albeit with a lower state of tune. Needless to say, there will be 4×4 configurations along with a new automatic transmission option on offer (instead of only a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual in the older generation). Under the bonnet, you could expect some insulation but not hydraulic struts, as is also the case in XUV.
The launch stated in early June will also mark the 20th anniversary of the brand in India. In fact it is also rumoured that alongside the incoming model, the old generation Scorpio will also be sold. The latter having a cult following in the country for a long time now.
Price and Competition of the Scorpio:
Once launched, it will be posed as a rugged alternative to the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq or the Nissan Kicks. Expect to shell out around INR 10-19Lakhs depending on models.