Spied – IAB reader snaps the Mahindra Scorpio facelift on test


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The Mahindra Scorpio facelift has been testing since last year. The refreshed version of the highly successful SUV is expected to emerge in late 2014 or early 2015. The test mule was photographed again last week by another IAB reader.

Mahindra Scorpio facelift spied front
The Mahindra Scorpio facelift is expected to launch late this year or early next year.

The external changes are concentrated at the front fascia of the car as evident from the thick disguise. The headlamps, grille, bumper and the bonnet scoop are revamped while the SUV remains instantly recognizable when viewed from a side angle. The new rear fascia gets LED taillights, a subtly revised tailgate and bumper.

Mahindra Scorpio facelift spied front three quarters
The front fascia of the new Scorpio is completely revamped.

Inside, the dashboard has been significantly reworked. The instrument console is new while the steering is borrowed from the XUV500.

Mahindra Scorpio facelift spied rear three quarters
The rear fascia gets mildly revised bumper and tailgate along with new LED taillights (not visible in the image).

Mechanically, the updated Scorpio is expected to be largely unchanged. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which puts out 116.2 bhp and 290 Nm of torque is matched to 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options. The entry level EX variant of the current car is powered by a 2.5-litre m2DiCR diesel engine that puts out 75 bhp and it remains to be seen whether these motors will be tweaked on the facelift for better fuel efficiency.

Competitors: Renault Duster, Tata Safari Storme, Nissan Terrano

Expected Price: INR 8.5 to 13 lakhs, ex-showroom

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