Mahindra Scorpio facelift caught testing again

17/09/2013 - 08:30 | ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

Mr. Pronoy Banerjee of has captured (on camera) a test mule of the Mahindra Scorpio facelift in Pune. Readers may know by now that Mahindra is doing a comprehensive visual update to its 11 year old SUV that is staring down the face of a very determined competition.

Mahindra leaves the front-end to our imagination by constructing the test mule's face with dummy parts. The rear-end looks more complete, but a large piece of camouflage conceals the changes.

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift back
The rear door is reskinned, but the taillights and bumper receive no changes.

We can make out from the spyshots that a new set of alloy wheels are under trials, and perhaps it could be shod with differently spec-ed tires. Earlier shots show a camouflaged dashboard, and many of you through comments, had welcomed an update to this part of the car.

Its no easy task to refurbish a model that is a brand's bread winner. As we put out yesterday, the Scorpio is getting better with age, and a quarter of its all-time sales came in the last two years. Its very hard to change something that is improving all the time. The situation can however change turn against Mahindra as a few more competitors in the SUV segment can create a new backdrop, making cars like the Scorpio and Safari look vintage!

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift front
The front-end is completely new on the Scorpio facelift. The hood, grille, bumper and fenders go under the scalpel.

Don't expect mechanical changes, but we may see tweaks to the suspension and driveline for improved response and handling. A small price hike is quite inevitable when an investment is made to update a car.

Mahindra is also working on an all-new SUV that's smaller than the Scorpio (code - S101), which should be out in 2016. A next generation Scorpio has also been reported by the media to be in the skunk works, which could trail the S101 into the market in 2016-17.

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