We know that the next-gen Scorpio was slated to launch by mid-2021. But due to the global semi-conductor shortage, Mahindra might have to push the launch back by some time. The other awaited product from Mahindra, the XUV500 is also affected by the same. This might cause a delay in the launches of these two SUVs. We had already reported earlier, the reasons for the shortage of semiconductors globally. It might take a bit more time till the production and supply of semi-conductors come back on track. Until then, we came across a video of the upcoming Scorpio, which was being tested on the streets. Let us see what is expected from the new Scorpio.
What does the video reveal?
Unlike some of the spy shots, which reveal just a tiny visual, this video is pretty thorough and the entire SUV is visible clearly. Of course, it is completely wrapped-up in the camouflage but a few details can be deduced from the visuals. This includes alloy wheels, all-four disc brakes, typical slated front grille, overall tall silhouette, sideways opening rear door, side-step to facilitate easier ingress, projector headlamp unit, sporty bumper with skid plates and fog lamp unit on the edges of the bumper. We know that this will continue to be a body-on-frame SUV like the previous generation Scorpio and be based on the same platform as the Mahindra Thar. The Scorpio might be offered in 6, 7 or 8-seat configurations since it is catered to the semi-urban market particularly. The priority will be on enhancing and maximizing the practicality aspect of the vehicle.
On the inside, the Scorpio is rumoured to come with the largest Touchscreen Display in the segment with all the connectivity features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth and Car Tech Connectivity, completely redesigned interiors, Digital Instrument Cluster, Steering-mounted Controls and Voice Command. The overall interiors might be borrowed from the Marazzo.
Mahindra Scorpio – Expected engines, prices and rivals
The 2021 Mahindra Scorpio will share the engines with the Thar. That means it will likely get a 2.2-litre diesel engine making 132 hp and a 2.0-litre direct-injection turbo petrol (from the Mahindra’s own mStallion family), making a decent 152 hp. Like the Thar, the Scorpio will likely come with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission options for both engines. Not to mention, the 4×4 setup will also be available with some variants like before. This being a body-on-frame SUV, might not have any direct rivals but there will be rivals according to the price point. We expect the all-new Scorpio to range between Rs 13 lakh and Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom making it compete against the likes of MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari, upcoming Hyundai Alcazar and the likes. We hope that the issues with the semi-conductor shortage are resolved soon so that we can actually see the new Scorpio in flesh soon.