The next generation Mahindra Scorpio is currently one of the most awaited models in the market with its launch being expected in July this year
The Mahindra Scorpio should finally get its generation upgrade by July this year. The next version of the popular SUV has already been seen undergoing road tests on numerous occasions and in the latest development, a test mule of the SUV has been seen off-road in the harsh conditions of Ladakh. A short video clip that has been uploaded on a Youtube channel shows the car trodding on mountains. While the video is of pretty low quality and not too detailed either, it’s clear that Mahindra is busy testing the upcoming SUV’s ruggedness and off-road behaviour.
So far, the Mahindra Scorpio has been perceived as a well-priced SUV that is definitely more rugged than similarly priced compact offerings. Over the years, the carmaker has worked to make the SUV a refined offering while it has already been given many mechanical updates. The 4×4-equipped model that was sold earlier was a pretty capable off-roader and the tough nature of the vehicle has made it widely popular in many parts of the country. With the next version, the company will be seen aiming to offer a blend of modern design and features along with the traits of the original SUV.
As per various spy images and speculative renderings we’ve seen so far, the next generation Mahindra Scorpio could sport a more butch look that will lend it a higher street presence. The new grill should have vertical slats finished in chrome, while the headlamps will be chunkier and more rectangular in their form factor. Even in the side profile, the new model will look nothing like its predecessor. Also, as the new SUV will be dimensionally larger than the outgoing model, there are good chances it would sport bigger rims.
It’s bit early to expect Mahindra to reveal the specifications but the next-gen Scorpio should come with the same petrol and diesel engine options as the XUV700. However, these motors will be de-tuned to achieve a higher fuel efficiency. The 2.2-litre diesel engine could make roughly 130hp while the 2.0-litre petrol motor could offer 140hp. Both the motors will be available with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard while a 6-speed torque-converter automatic model will also be on offer. The diesel engine would even get an optional 4WD system.