Mahindra has finally introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the higher-spec S9 and S11 variants of the Scorpio without any premium in price. The lower variants without the 7.0-inch screen continue to miss out on these features.
Mahindra has updated the Scorpio with much needed and very essential Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Although the higher-spec variants of the Scorpio came equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Mahindra did not offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on them, until now. These connectivity apps have only been rolled out on the top-spec S9 and S11 variants of the Scorpio. Interestingly, Mahindra has not upped the price of these two variants with the addition of the new feature, with the S9 and S11 still retailing for Rs 15.11 lakh and Rs 16.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively.
Lower variants of the Scorpio which do not get the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system continue to miss out on such connectivity apps. The lower variants either miss out on an audio system completely or only come equipped with a 2DIN setup. Even in the S9 variant, prior to this addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the touchscreen featured a basic system with only USB, aux or Bluetooth connectivity. The unit on the higher S11 variant meanwhile came with satellite navigation additionally while also doubling up as the display for the rear view camera.
To give you a brief recap of the Scorpio…..
Mahindra updated the Scorpio earlier this year to meet the BS6 emission norms but severely trimmed down the variant lineup. The BS4-spec Mahindra Scorpio was available with a range of engine options. That included the entry-level 2.5L diesel engine and the 2.2L mHawk diesel engine in two states of tune. Stepping into the BS6 era, Mahindra only chose to keep the 140hp 2.2-litre diesel mill, while dropping the other two engine options.
Mahindra even discontinued the four-wheel drive system on the Scorpio with the BS6 update. Yes, this ladder frame SUV is currently only available as a two-wheel drive SUV. Mahindra currently sells the Scorpio in four variants – S5, S7, S9 and S11. The Scorpio does not however have a direct rival as there are no other ladder-frame seven-seater SUVs at this price point. Although the Scorpio continues to be an extremely well-rounded package, the current-gen model has been around since 2014 and it is nearing the end of its life cycle.
And that brings us to the next-gen Scorpio…..
Mahindra has already been testing the next-gen Scorpio for quite some time and we have reported to you with spy shots of the same several times. Slated for a launch in 2021, Mahindra is also working on the next-gen XUV500 for a debut in the first half of the year. Both the SUVs will come powered by the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines that recently made their debut on the Thar. Along with new engines, the next-gen Scorpio (and even the XUV500) will be completely revamped inside out. Mahindra sure has a busy 2021 coming ahead.