The New Mahindra Scorpio Undergoes a Makeover

The Mahindra Scorpio is the company’s flagship SUV created for global markets and won prizes such as Best SUV for the Year and Best Car of the Year Awards from BBC World Wheels. First launched in 2002, the Scorpio is getting rather long in the tooth and it is time for a makeover. Maybe Mahindra listened to reviews and took them as inputs to give the Scorpio a much needed makeover for interiors and exteriors.

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A peek inside and the first thing that is noticeable is the steering wheel that looks more in tune with the times carrying cruise control buttons and audio controls. The instrument panel also came in for a face lift with rounded dials and an information panel that displays among other things, tyre pressure. Below the dash is a redesigned AC vent, more squarish in appearance and Mahindra have put in automatic climate control for increased passenger comfort. The whole interior now looks a bit more spacious and open with a layered and angular design of the two tone dashboard serving as the highlight and dual tone seat covers. The dashboard also appears less crowded because the power window switches are where they belong: on the doors. A top of the line model also includes a 7 inch touchscreen with satellite navigation along with a rear view camera making it easy for drivers to reverse the car.

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The old Scorpio was not known for its curvy looks and now the exteriors have received a makeover to make it even more angular that it was. Parts of the profile that have been reshaped include the grille, the headlights and the bumper. At the back the Scorpio now sports LED tail lights and a modified bumper. The sum total is that the SUV should be more comfortable for everyone inside. The new model is expected to launch later this year with some price increase.

In all the changes are cosmetic without affecting overall shape or looks to a large extent, thus helping the SUV retain its unique identity. The engine remains the same 120 bhp 2.2 litre mHawk with five speed manual transmission. Tyres are the same though they could have done with a bit of beefing up and wider wheelbase for increased stability since quite a few drivers have complained of braking, body roll and stability at higher speeds.

As matters stand, the SUV is still a prizewinner for Mahindra.

Pictures Source : Autocar