The Mahindra Scorpio is the largest selling vehicle in its segment, but the company is wary of the upcoming Hyundai Creta. The Hyundai Creta has received good initial reviews from many in the media. There is a general expectancy that like many products launched by the company before it, the Creta will introduce a new standard in terms of comfort, quality and value.
The Scorpio became a better product overall when it received a comprehensive facelift, but Mahindra decided to launch the AT variants later. However, according to leaked documents, the company is finally getting ready to launch Scorpio AT variants in the market.
The Hyundai Creta will become the only compact-SUV in the segment to be offered with an automatic transmission when it is launched on 21st July 2015. Mahindra is expected to steal the thunder from Hyundai by launching the Scorpio AT variants soon after the launch of the Creta.
We know that Mahindra is getting ready to launch the Scorpio AT, thanks to a leaked document which is an application for registration sent by the company to the RTO.
As mentioned earlier, this will not be the first time that Mahindra is offering the Scorpio AT in India. The second-generation model received automatic variants in September 2008, and was fairly popular with customers for the convenience it offered.
The Scorpio facelift has received major changes but its drivetrain remains the same, the 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, mHawk diesel motor has been carried over from the pre-facelift model. This also means that the 6-speed automatic transmission can be easily installed in the new Scorpio too.
Reports suggest that the automatic transmission will be equipped to the Scorpio S6 Plus, S8, S10 and S10 4WD variants. The mHawk engine will develop less power when paired to the automatic transmission, with maximum power at 120PS @ 4000 rpm (2PS less) and peak torque at 280 Nm @ 1800-2800 rpm.
When launched, the Mahindra Scorpio AT is expected to be one of the most affordable SUVs on sale in India, and should give customers more options apart from the Hyundai Creta. For now, the Mahindra Scorpio is priced from Rs 8.78 lakh to Rs 13.55 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
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