The much-awaited 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift has finally launched at an introductory price sticker of INR 9.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available in four variants with revised names consisting S3, S5, S7, and S11. The top end trim that is being offered with the 4WD system is priced at INR 16.01 lakh. The refreshed Scorpio gets cosmetic upgrades inside out, better features and a much powerful engine.
Beneath the front end, the updated Mahindra Scorpio comes packed with the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel unit that does duty on the outgoing model. But now, it comes in two different state of tune- 120 bhp version and 140 bhp one. The torque figures for both these engine trims are 280Nm and 320Nm respectively.
The base variant S3 is loaded with the same old m2DICR engine that develops the maximum power of 75bhp via a mated 5-speed manual gearbox. The same gearbox unit takes care transmission duties on other models such as S5, and S7 (120 bhp). While, a new 6-speed manual gearbox unit will contribute in the acceleration of the S7 (140 bhp) and the S11. in addition to that, Mahindra’s patented Micro Hybrid, engine start-stop technology is also being provided with all the engine trims.
Apparently, Mahindra is carrying forward the similar design language of the current model but with an array of exterior changes including a new radiator grille with seven slats, a revised front bumper, new projector headlamps, new large round fog lamps, turn indicators on the wing mirrors and new 17-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the noticeable changes are a new bumper, a new red theme for the LED tail-lamps, a new wiper, and a redesigned tailgate.
Moving inside, the interior is new contrasting with new faux leather upholstery. The same is also wrapped on the steering wheel and gear lever. There is a revised dashboard that is embellished with a 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation. Also, you can get the rear view from rear parking camera on the screen. Besides, the upgraded Scorpio is also offering cubbies near the gear lever for your water bottle and mobile phone.
In terms of safety, Mahindra ensures safety with attributes like dual-front airbags, ABS, a speed alert, an auto door lock function and a digital engine immobiliser. While, on the rivalry end, the 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift pitted against its biggest rival, the Tata Safari Strome. Moreover, it also knocks its horns with the offerings in 5-seater SUV segment such as the Renault Duster, the new Renault Captur and the Hyundai Creta.