Mahindra has been testing the next-gen Scorpio for over a year now and we have reported to you with spy pictures of the same at various stages of development. Until now, all test mules of the next-gen Scorpio were seen with heavy camouflage and wearing temporary parts. Now, a fresh set of spy images of the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio have surfaced on the internet which give us a look at the SUV in its production guise for the first time. The Mahindra Scorpio 2021 will see a full model change for the first time since it was first launched in 2002. Let's take a closer look at what's in store from Mahindra.
All the body panels on the new Scorpio will be brand new. The next-gen Scorpio retains its tall-boy stance with upright pillars and the overall design seems quite butch and typically SUV. These new spy shots give us a proper look at the new vertically slatted grille on the upcoming SUV. We also get a look at the production-spec headlamps for the first time and the twin-pod design seems pretty similar to the ones on the upcoming XUV500. The new Scorpio will also boast of a wider bumper which now gets new air intakes along with new fog lamp housings.
At the rear, the Scorpio continues with side-hinged doors but there are new LED tail lamps and a roof mounted stop lamp. We also get a look of the alloy wheels of the next-gen Scorpio in these new spy images. The upcoming Mahindra Scorpio will be based on an all-new platform. It will actually be underpinned by the same ladder-frame chassis that underpins the all-new Thar. It will also have grown in dimensions, both in length and width and that should open up more space on the inside too.
The interiors of the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio will be completely redesigned too. The current-gen Scorpio has had the criticism of being a little utilitarian in some regards. Mahindra is expected to significantly improve the fit and finish of the cabin with better quality materials. The dashboard will be completely new with a large touchscreen infotainment system. From spy shots seen so far, it is expected to come with a vertically oriented screen. A lot of the other switchgear like the steering wheel, gear knob, control stalks and even the instrument cluster could be shared with the new-gen Thar.
Under the hood, the Mahindra Scorpio 2021 will be sharing its engine and gearbox options with the Thar. That means it will be powered by the new 152 hp 2.0L turbo-petrol engine and the 132hp 2.2L mHawk diesel engine from the Thar. It could however come in a different state of tune than what is available with the Thar. Transmission options will include both manual and automatic gearboxes. The next-gen Mahindra Scorpio is expected to hit showroom between April-June 2021. With prices probably ranging between INR 10-14 lakh, the next-gen Scorpio will be unique in the segment of mid-size SUVs for being the only one with seven-seats and a ladder-frame chassis.
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