Mahindra Scorpio facelift spotted testing again

The timeless Scorpio was said to be there in the works for a new avatar, and even proof of the same was also delivered. Now hopefully, one more spy-shot has sprouted on internet saying the confirmation about it.

The latest sets of spy-shots are no different than the previous ones. Hence those covered front fascia, camouflaged dashboard, (and not badly determined) the rear can be witnessed in a tweaked form, which earlier the rear was looking as if Mahindra had forgotten to design it in the initial designing stage.

However, one can also claim that alloys are also new, and they are keen on the test-run.

Mahindra Scorpio facelift Back View
Lest, a scoop on the bonnet to be experienced assimilating swiftly with those bullying signature front grille slats. We can expect the engineers at R&D center maybe spending a tough time in designing the new face of company’s bread and butter; a minute fallacy can take away the market from it due to the unprecedented behavior of customer regarding the “change”.

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Front

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Mahindra Scorpio crosses milestone of 4 lakh units since its launch

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. bumped another milestone with the mighty muscular Scorpio, as crossed sale of 4 lakh units during the past 11 years since its launch. However, the Indian carmaker managed to roll-out 50,000 numbers of same in the past two years alone.

That’s not all; the Scorpio also outperformed other SUVs and MUVs in states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and North East.

Scorpio’s online community on Facebook is one of the largest online auto communities on Facebook India.

The Scorpio YouTube channel garnered over 4 million views till date, ticking even more of the clicks by the passing time.

 Mahindra Scorpio
Speaking on the milestone, Pravin Shah, Chief Executive, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, said, “This is a very proud moment for us, as the iconic and trend-setting Scorpio has achieved yet another milestone. This achievement reaffirms the Scorpio’s immense popularity and the confidence that consumers have reposed in it over the years. Being one of the most admired and most awarded brands within the Indian automobile industry, the Scorpio has rightfully claimed its spot as the king of Indian roads”.

Powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine in its bay, Scorpio produces 120bhp and 290 Nm of torque engulfed by a 5-speed manual gearbox.

However, the Scorpio facelift is also reported to be there in the works of Mahindra, as spy shots have surfaced recently, the recent launch in the bag of Scorpio is a ‘Special Edition’ which was officially revealed on its official page without the ‘price tag’.

Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up a.k.a Getaway introduced in the Brazilian market

Indian automobile giant, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), has rolled out the renowned lifestyle double cab-pick up/Getaway in the Brazilian market.

The newly launched Pik-Up has been introduced with a value label of Rs.89,900 Reals that means Rs.23.80 lakh (Indian currency).

Catered by a 2.6-litre common-rail engine, Pik-up generates the utmost of 110bhp and torque of 269Nm at the rate of 2800 revolutions per minute.

The said vehicle has been made accessible in two choices that comprise two-wheel drive (2WD) as well as four-wheel drive (4WD).

Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up a.k.a Getaway introduced in the Brazilian market
While lecturing on the occasion, Jose Francisco de Oliveira Neto, General Manager- Bramont stated that they plan to offer the market with cars consisting of superiority and expertise of a global standard, providing clients a tough value for money scheme.

“Given the company’s sturdy track record, Mahindra cars will be capable of contending fruitfully in the Brazilian 4×4 diesel utility section,” Bramont added.

The Brazilian edition boasts many electrifying traits such as remote locking, air-con, electrical modifiable door mirrors, a dual DIN sound system with USB and SD card backing and many others.

In addition, the company has also established a manufacturing facility in the Brazilian market to assemble the vehicle and eyes to fabricate 5,000 vehicle units on an annual basis. As per word on the street, the company is also considering to launch other SUVs in Brazil including XUV500 and Quanto.

The company is making attempts to mark a worldwide attendance by going a step ahead and introducing its products in different nations.

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A Happy Decade of Mahindra Scorpio

A decade long journey of Mahindra Scorpio is commendable. The company still has high hopes and high dreams attached to this fabulous off-roader in India. Mahindra Scorpio is still counting and looking forward to more

Mahindra SUVs have been the best in the market for a common man to choose from. With the launch of Mahindra Scorpio, an SUV model by the Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, the mango-man market was captured immediately. This was the first ever SUV designed and developed by the Indian Mahindra Group. Winning home awards like the “Best SUV of the Year” and “Best Car of the Year” by BBC World Wheels, it was launched in 2002 and it is still running as one of the best producing and selling cars. This is one of the best models of the M&M group.

This year Mahindra celebrates the completion of 10 years of this classic wagon they brought up with such passion and life. The planning for this car began in the middle of 1997 and then finally was launched in 2002. Since then it has been all over and grasping all the attention and seeking pride. The old Mahindra image of a Tractor maker was changed evidently with this toss. When they were into talks of bringing up this during 1997, there was an option of getting a 10-seater car or building and choosing a different product altogether. Choosing the later was the best decision that the company took. It has been in form since.

A Happy Decade of Mahindra Scorpio

The mighty and muscular Mahindra Scorpio became the heart of the world. The sturdy look was greatly appealing and alluring and reliability was its best-selling feature. It gave the users a well satisfied and raw experience which was why it was appreciated and due to mouth publicity gained more attention. The Mahindra and Mahindra Limited have been all in demand with this awesome make that they came up with and hugely satisfied every aspect related to this. This SUV was comfortable, satisfying, strong, long lasting and firm. They brought in more and more developments with this car along the years too. More research was done with respect to user comfort and usability. Interestingly, the modification in this segment was amazing. The first generation Scorpio was surpassed by the second generation Mahindra Scorpio. There were many different models and types of this awesome car that were given for options. All of them were just the best and had the best unique things about them.

The better version or say the third generation of the Mahindra & Mahindra Limited built Mahindra Scorpio came up with hybrid version of the model. It was a diesel-electric version which received a huge response. This was launched in the SAE World Congress in 2008. Later in the same year there was a launch of the latest Mahindra Scorpio with 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. All the versions and the upcoming versions have been unique and better than the older ones.

Mahindra Scorpio vs Tata Safari – war of the SUVs

Its being quite some time since I have checked out SUVs in India and especially the homegrown ones. Not that there are many as of now but then in the preview section, we have shown many upcoming new SUVs from the likes of Ssangyong, Mahindra, Tata and also Renault. Inspite of all these things happening out here, we Indians are left with only two choices as far as the SUVs are concerned and those are the Mahindra Scorpio in India and the Tata Safari in India. Both these SUVs are homegrown products and within the Rs 13 lakhs on-road budget. So today, I have on one hand the Mahindra Scorpio whereas on the other, I have the Tata Safari. Now, which of these is the better one? Certainly not an easy task. But then comparisons were never easy and so here comes the story of Mahindra Scorpio vs Tata Safari.

Looks

Mahindra Scorpio :

The Mahindra Scorpio in India was launched in 2002 and immediately caught the fancy of the SUV buying public who welcomed it with open arms. The design can be described as truly butch with that big Mahindra grille and typical SUV style head lamps. The high set bumper and those flared wheel arches coupled with the typical aftermarket like looking tyres really help take things into perspective. However I personally feel that Mahindra could have done better in giving the Scorpio a better pair of shoes and a tad bigger. The Christmas tree tail lamps at the rear are nothing new and it was only recently that the tail lamps have gone the LED way.

Tata Safari :

The Tata Safari in India has been around for more than a decade and half. Its an old soldier for Tata Motors and one which has got a success story of its own scripted. Its looks have vastly remained unchanged except for some loss in weight from the years of attending gym sessions. While the Scorpio is all muscle, the Safari is all lean. The Scorpio is one design which all the manufacturers must have thought of but then could never bring into paper or rather production. The Safari on the other hand is more of a design which every  manufacturer has copied from. The Safari’s tail lamps also look and feel dated. Unlike other Tata cars which have a problem of tyres not filling up the wheel arches well, the Safari has got no such problem.

The Mahindra Scorpio wins this round purely because of its styling and the all essential road presence.

Interiors

Mahindra Scorpio :

The Scorpio has got interiors which look very much like the ones in the Tata Safari. I remember the earlier Scorpio having interiors which looked better than the others in its class however as of now, the Scorpio gets the same interiors as the Tata Safari and there is hardly anything that can differentiate the interiors of both. Toyota Innova however has been removed from its pedestal wherein it boasted of one of the best in class interiors. Now, the Tatas and Mahindras have more than made up in giving the customer the impression of feel good materials. A recent addition is the use of a 4 spoke steering wheel with audio controls, darkness sensing lights, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, driver information system, parking sensors, 4 speaker audio system and powered goodies. The middle row of seats can be ordered with Captain chairs as also with a bench option. The last row of seats boast of seating only for kids or someone below the height of 5 ft 5 inches. The last row of seats can be folded away to increase the loading space. The entire cabin looks upmarket however some quality issues seem to be there.

Tata Safari :

The Tata Safari has undergone many more changes in the interiors than the Scorpio but what has remained a constant is the very comfortable seats. Meanwhile, equipment levels remain fairly constant with the Scorpio eclipsing it in the features level. The steering wheel doesn’t have audio controls while the central console is made of faux wood like the one found on the top end variant of the Indica eV2. The stock audio system as also the DVD system with rear head screens look and sound good. Tata have also done enough to kit the Safari with a rear parking camera. The rear opposite facing seats are a wee bit more comfortable than in the Scorpio. Quality levels have improved by leaps and bounds but then the construction of the Safari is not a patch to the one of the Scorpio. The Safari claws back lost ground by offering more space than the Scorpio.

Tough one but I would give it to the Safari for giving in more user friendly equipment plus loads of space.

Handling and ride quality

Mahindra Scorpio :

The Mahindra Scorpio’s suspension package has been time and again tuned by Lotus and as a result, the SUV has become more of a confident handler. It can now handle at a fairly good clip and at the same time provide enough thrills to the driver. The heaving and pitching action has been reduced to a great extent. However the ride quality for which the earlier Scorpios were cursed for, is still very much the same. I did get the same bouncy feeling as the earlier Scorpio from the first batch. NVH however is on the lower side and don’t know why, I am happy seeing all those rickshawallahs just fleeing away from my way when they see a big black Scorpio thundering down their way.

Tata Safari :

The Tata Safari in India has been always known for its very absorbent ride quality and thankfully enough, this has been retained across all the models. But then the handling however takes quite a beating here. Due to its higher center of gravity than the Scorpio’s, the top heavy Safari does roll a fair bit. While there may have been many mechanical inclusions inside the engine, none of them can keep the NVH down. Maybe Tata needs to take a leaf out of its own pocket, from the Tata Indica eV2, and make this engine silent. The NVH levels get exhausting after a certain point of time. The vibes from the engine bay are also disconcerting enough.

The Mahindra Scorpio wins this round because of the very fact that it is a better all round package than the Safari.

Engine, performance and fuel efficiency

Mahindra Scorpio :

The Mahindra Scorpio in India now gets a 2.2 liter diesel engine which replaces the older and bulkier 2.6 liter diesel engine. This engine now makes more power and the power figure now reads as 121 Bhp and 290 Nm of torque. A 5 speed gearbox is also offered but the Scorpio has an ace up its sleeve in the form of the 6 speed automatic transmission which isn’t there in the Safari. The clutch action for this car is really light and very un-SUV like. However the puppy like eagerness from the old 2.6 motor is missing. The transmission though not exactly eager perfectly mates with the ratios of this new motor. However as suspected, the initial tardiness of the motor takes a toll on its performance as it races from 0-100 kmph in a leisurely 16 .2 seconds while the top speed is close to 158 kmph. Brakes from the earlier Scorpio needed a bit of sorting out and the new one has got better bite. It also gets the much needed ABS. Safety aids are in the form of 2 air bags, side intrusion beams and a collapsible steering column. Fuel efficiency is also good at 10.9 kmpl in city and 15.2 kmpl on the highway.

Tata Safari :

The Tata Safari carries on with an age old 2.2 liter DICOR engine with minor tweaks to its intake geometry and various other components. The power is significantly more now, with the revised engine now making for 140 Bhp and a good 320 Nm of torque. The 0-100 kmph mark is dispatched in only 15.8 seconds whilst the top speed is similar to the Scorpio’s. Though the Safari is and feels quicker, it is not that easier to drive and hence loses out on the driveability quotient. Brakes were for Safaris always had a problem and even this one was no different. It needs a firm shove to stop things. However Tata has provided ABS as also EBD to sort things out. Safety aspect is similar to the Scorpio’s. Fuel efficiency is also higher thanks to the engine revisions and it now stands at 11.4 kmpl in city and 16.7 kmpl on the highway.

The Tata Safari for its all round abilities.

Verdict

The Tata Safari as also the Mahindra Scorpio are equally winners out here. If one scores on driveability, the other on fuel efficiency. If one outdoes the other in handling, the other fights back with better ride quality. This question as to which is the better SUV still hangs in the air. However thinking of the bigger picture, both the cars here are made for different clientele. However since I have to choose a winner, it would be the Mahindra Scorpio in India. Simply because it seems to be a better engineered product plus the only homegrown SUV to have automatic transmission. If the prices are compared, then the Mahindra Scorpio price in India stands at Rs 11.51 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai) while the Tata Safari price in India for the top end variant stands at Rs 12,23 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).