Mahindra has finally introduced the automatic version of the new-gen Scorpio. The Scorpio Automatic is available in both 2WD and 4WD versions, carrying a price tag of Rs 13.13 lakh and Rs 14.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), respectively.
Mahindra used to offer the previous-gen Scorpio with an automatic gearbox. However, at the time of the launch of the new-gen Scorpio in 2014, the SUV was only made available with a manual gearbox across all trim variants. Mahindra may have taken its own sweet time to introduce an automatic gearbox in the new-gen Scorpio, but then it comes with one major improvement.
Unlike the last-gen Scorpio, the new model incorporates a 6-speed automatic gearbox as opposed to a 5-speed transmission in the previous model. This gearbox is slightly more advanced and new-age than before since it also does duty in the SsangYong Tivoli, which is only available in foreign markets as of now. For the uninformed, SsangYong is an Korean automobile manufacturer that was acquired by Mahindra in 2011.
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Visually, the new Scorpio Automatic remains unchanged, save for a few ‘Automatic’ badges all around the vehicle. The automatic version comes fully loaded with features and equipment since Mahindra is only offering it in the range-topping S10 variant.
The powertrain is also the same mHawk engine that is available with the manual variants of the SUV. It is a 2.2-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder diesel unit developing 122PS of maximum power at 4,000 rpm along with 280 Nm of peak-torque between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm.
Considering the fact that the newly launched automatic variants only command about Rs 60,000 premium over their respective manual versions, the Scorpio Automatic comes across as a good value for money proposition. Also, the Mahindra Scorpio Automatic is currently the most affordable automatic diesel SUV in the country. That may change in a soon while though as Hyundai is about to put a price-tag on its much awaited compact-SUV, the Creta, too. The Creta will go on sale from July 21, 2015 in the country and will also have a diesel automatic on offer.
That said, the Scorpio will still have a slightly upper hand since it has 4WD available in both automatic and manual versions; none of which will be offered in the Hyundai Creta.
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