The next-gen Mahindra Scorpio (codename: Mahindra Z101) has been spied undergoing road testing again. Fresh spy shots published by ZigWheels captured during this test run give the clearest look yet at the future model's front fascia.
So far, the Mahindra Scorpio has seen only evolutionary changes and has remained very close to the original design from 2002. The MY2020 update will drastically change its design. The latest images reaffirm that it will be transformed into a totally new SUV from bumper to bumper.
The 2020 Mahindra Scorpio will be longer and wider in size. At the front sits a taller, 7-slot radiator grille flanked by more contemporary headlamps. The lower grille and bumper also have a new look. The headlamps seen here are provisionary, but the actual units going into the production model will undoubtedly have a new design. Unlike the current model, the all-new model doesn't appear to have a hood scoop.
The all-new Mahindra Scorpio is expected to feature a stepped roofline and Scorpio branding on the lower side of the rear doors. It appears to have a longer front overhang. At the back, the tail lamps seen on the test mule appears to be tiny, and sits a fully redesigned tailgate and smaller, more rakish glass. While the current model has an upright stance, the all-new model is a little hunchback, thanks to a slightly raked rear glass, and that gives it a more contemporary look. The interior, too, will be fully redesigned.
While some reports say that the all-new Mahindra Scorpio will be based on a newly-developed platform, some say that it will sit on an updated chassis. The next-gen Mahindra Thar will use the same underpinnings. Like the Mahindra Marazzo, this model has been developed by the Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC).
Under the hood, there will be an all-new, BS-VI compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine that will be 80 kg lighter than the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine of the outgoing model. It is expected to deliver a maximum power of 160 PS and come with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission choices. A 4WD system could be offered as an option.
The next-gen Scorpio could have a starting price of somewhere between INR 10-11 lakh (ex-showroom). It will likely arrive after the next-gen Mahindra Thar, which is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020.
[Source 1: Zigwheels]
[Source 2: Vikatan.com]