The next-gen 2020 Mahindra Scorpio (codename: Mahindra Z101) has been spied testing for the first time. The spy shots have been captured near Chengalpattu, where the Mahindra Research Valley R&D centre is located.
Originally launched back in 2002, the Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the most sought-after products from the homegrown automaker. However, with the market moving to plusher, more sophisticated SUVs, it is high time now that it undergoes a revolutionary makeover. All updates until now have brought little to distinguish from the original model. The spy shots suggest that the next-gen model will be drastically different in the looks department.
The test mule was spotted in a heavily camouflaged form, but still, some details can be easily figured out to get a fair idea of what the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio has in stores for us. The 2020 Mahindra Scorpio looks bigger than the outgoing model is 4,456 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 1,930 mm/1,995 mm tall and has a 2,680 mm wheelbase.
At the front, the next-gen model has new headlamps that traditionally are larger and a new 7-slot radiator grille that is taller in comparison to that of the outgoing model. On the sides, the belt line has a more noticeable rise at the end of the rear doors, which appear to be bigger and hint more space for the second-row passengers. At the rear, the redesigned model's back glass isn't upright like that of the current model. It is slightly rakish, giving the SUV more contemporary styling. All in all, though, the next-gen model looks raw, rugged and dominating just the way one would expect. Expect the interior to be completely new, replete with more advanced connectivity technologies and comfort creatures than the outgoing model.
The next-gen Mahindra Scorpio will be based on the same all-new platform as the next-gen Mahindra Thar that is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020. It will employ an all-new BS-VI 2.0-litre diesel engine that is expected to deliver a maximum power of 160 hp. This engine will be 80 kg lighter than the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. Also, its torque output will likely be higher compared to the 2.2-litre mHawk unit's maximum available 320 Nm. A 6-speed manual transmission is a given, and an automatic transmission option is expected as an option. A 4WD system could be offered.
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