Mahindra Scorpio Hatchback Review

Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

The Scorpio’s 2.2 mHawk engine has always been one of the SUV’s biggest highlights. Refined and smooth for a big diesel engine, strong low-end response and great drivability were the plus points that endeared it to many. However, rev it hard and the strain would become quite apparent as the engine ran out of breath. This lack of top-end performance was quite evident, especially if you are driving and overtaking at highway speeds. Incidentally, many Scorpio customers too responded with a similar feedback.

As a result the Scorpio now has a new, more powerful engine variant. Mahindra has re-tuned the same 2.2-litre mHawk engine to now develop 140hp and 320Nm of torque, bringing the Scorpio to a similar level of performance as the current XUV500; though, the latter is expected to get a performance upgrade soon, which will further bump up its power.

Mahindra Scorpio Exterior & Style

Mahindra has made many changes on the KUV100 and the TUV300 that makes it look better. More evolved. The Scorpio already looked good and now it gets some minor changes. To begin with, an all new front grille, which resembles the Genio. Many will even relate it to the Jeep Compass as well. The headlamps are smoked out and double barrel ones. There is daytime running LEDs that make it look stylish. There is an air scoop on the bonnet. The other change is the new front bumper and additional chrome on the front fogs.

Moving to the side, not much has changed there. There are the same 17-inch tyres, but the alloy wheels are all new. The black roof rails continue and the Scorpio embossing on the side. The rear gets a new chrome strip, which is like a small moustache — sometime like Charlie Chaplin. An integrated spoiler and the side swinging rear door.

Mahindra Scorpio Interior & Space

The updated Mahindra Scorpio continues with the dual-tone black and beige treatment for the dashboard. There are no vast improvements and you get the same 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a new reverse parking camera (with dynamic assist). You also get Bluetooth, AUX, USB connectivity and Navigation but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are still missing. Mahindra hasn’t done any changes to the door pockets as well and one will find it almost impossible to access the door pockets or even adjust the position of the seat when the doors are closed. The new S11 variant gets a sun-glass holder and auto-window roll up (window rolls up automatically when you lock the car). Some other features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, TPMS, follow me home headlamps, projector headlamps with static bending function and climate control. The AC chills the cabin nicely while the seats are comfortable, however, the third row jump seats are best suited for kids. To know more info on Mahindra Scorpio  check Iiitdm

Mahindra Scorpio Engine & 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.

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.Apply car loan for Scorpio.

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.

Mahindra Scorpio Ride & Handling

The suspension on the Mahindra Scorpio has always offered a very bouncy ride and this one is no different. Compared to the previous car, I felt a marginal improvement in the ride quality. However, Mahindra has a long way to go before they can match the comfort of the Tata Safari Storme. The stiff suspension set up on the Scorpio makes it a decent handler but there is a lot of body roll. The steering, though, offers very good feedback. Braking performance isn’t the best but it isn’t too bad either. Braking is pretty much predictable after you drive the car for a bit and even though the pedal feels spongy at times, stopping power isn’t all that bad.  For more information on Mahindra Scorpio check AutoZhop.

Mahindra Scorpio Safety & Security

Global NCAP has crash-tested the Mahindra Scorpio (with no airbags) and the SUV scored a poor zero star rating in adult occupancy test and a mere two-star rating in the child occupancy test. However, Mahindra is offering dual airbags and ABS starting from the S5 trim. Considering that the S11 trim costs over 15 lakhs, it would have been great if Mahindra had offered side airbags, at least as an option. Mahindra’s after-sales service is good and the automaker has a widespread network across India.

Mahindra Scorpio Price in Pune

Mahindra Scorpio On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 11,68,181 to 19,22,698 for variants Scorpio S3 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 Pune. Check for Scorpio price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Mahindra Scorpio Final Word

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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