The Mahindra Scorpio has been the king of the segment since its launch back in 2002. One of the most popular SUVs, for a long time, The Scorpio has been getting periodic updates.
A body-on-frame SUV, which could offer a lot of flexibility as well as the ruggedness fand quite an affordable price, made the Scorpio a roaring success. It could be said that Scorpio was the vehicle which created a new segment.
The Scorpio is now in its second generation, receiving minor updates, making it a better vehicle. In 2020, Mahindra is planning to give it another generation change. The new gen Scorpio will be based on a completely new platform having bigger dimensions. It will look a lot more premium, longer and wider. Though only the highly camouflaged units are spied testing, it is quiet evident that its design is inspired by its elder sibling Alturas G4.
The entry level 7 seat SUV from the manufacturer will get swept back headlights, X-section bumper and chrome-infused vertical slat grille. The spy shots have already revealed that new Scorpio will have inclined windscreen, as against a straighter design of the current model, inspired by the premium Alturas G4.
The larger dimensions also mean that there will be increased space in all the rows. Inside the cabin also, premium touch is expected. It is designed at the Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC).
The 2020 Scorpio will get a 2.0l BS-VI compliant engine which is expected to produce same or similar power figures and also pollute less. The outgoing model gets a 2.2l mHawk engine that will churn out 160bhp of power and 400NM of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. There will also be an automatic transmission available.
It is expected to launch at a price tag of Rs. 8-14 lakhs, (ex-showroom).