Upon closer inspection, Sai reports that this Scorpio is powered by a Euro V engine. Sai also reports that there were no major changes to the body of the Scorpio indicating that this was not a next-gen platform.
The spy picture also reveals that the test mule is a left hand drive version. This clearly gives rise to the speculation that the Scorpio is all set to debut in regions currently adopting Euro V emission norms.
What if Mahindra is testing the next gen Scorpio’s engine in the current Scorpio’s body?
We doubt. India currently has Euro IV (Bharat Stage IV) norms in 13 major cities whereas the rest of the country follows Euro III (BS III). An inter-ministerial group constituted to discuss future auto fuel policy recommended that India should skip the Euro V norms and head straight to Euro VI as one standard norm across the country. Clearly, Mahindra would not waste time testing Euro V engines for India.
So is this an export model?
Most probably. The Euro V norms will be applicable till the last day of 2014 in Europe and America. Starting 2015, Euro V norms will be scrapped in favor of Euro VI. Considering Mahindra has been eyeing the US and European markets for a very long time, it is easy to assume that this is an export model only. That gives Mahindra a good two years to establish the Scorpio as a brand in western markets.
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