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Mahindra has launched the face-lifted Scorpio with prices ranging between Rs 7.98 lakh to Rs 11.46 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai. Mechanical updates on the new car come in shape of a a new chassis and gearbox, while cosmetically the aesthetics of the whole car has been refreshed along with the addition of more equipment. This is the first time since its launch in 2002 that the Scorpio has undergone such an extensive revamp.
First thing that is striking about the new Scorpio is it’s aggressive new front end. Gone are the soft looking oval headlamps of the past and in place of those you now find a pair of squat looking headlamps, which are also complimented by day-time running lights and projector lamps on the higher-end variants. Revised grilled design along with newly designed front bumper give the new Scorpio an upmarket yet intimidating appearance. Things on the rear however are rather quirky with black plastic cladding all around and subjects to personal taste and opinion. Besides that, there’s a new rear bumper, LED tail-lights and a roof-mounted spoiler. To add to the overall rugged and sporty theme, 17-inch alloy wheels, new designed fog-lamps and skid plates are also available on the face-lifted version.
Inside, you now get a dual-tone color combination on the dashboard and the upholstery with additions including a new instrument cluster, a new touchscreen infotainment system, new XUV5OO-inspired steering wheel with steering mounted controls and horizontally stacked airconditioning vents.
Powertrain is retained from the outgoing model. This means the new Scorpio will continue to be offered in a choice between 2 diesel engine options across a total of 6 variants- S2, S4, S6, S6 Plus, S8 and S10. At the lower-end, the S2 variant will be powered by a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder CRDe diesel engine whereas the rest of range will source power from the company’s 2.2 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged mHawk diesel engine. Also, only the S4 and S10 variants will get a 4WD drivetrain.
Mahindra has developed a brand new 5-speed manual gearbox, called 5MT320, for the new Scorpio. The new gearbox features Mahindra’s shift-on-fly 4WD system that allows users to shift between all wheel drive modes on the move itself. The real changes on the Scorpio however comes from under the skin as the new car receives a vastly improved chassis than the outgoing model. Built on modular ladder frame construction, the new chassis is claimed to make the Scorpio a far better riding and handling car than any of its previous generations.
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