The Scorpio has been one of the greatest success stories for its Mahindra automotive division and the organization is still riding on it.
The Scorpio is over a decade old design and Mahindra has been making adjustments to the vehicle. Together with the large demand for SUVs on the current market, several of our readers had set requests to do a review on the newest version of the Scorpio. Consequently, there’s our report on Mahindra’s Scorpio.
Most of us are knowledgeable about the design of this Scorpio and we want no special introduction how does it look. Mahindra has been reviving the design by making certain changes on the vehicle every once in a while to better its styling and prevent it from aging.
The Scorpio now comes with the normal Mahindra front grille using the organization’s logo surrounded by a vertical chrome slat. The headlamp design was tweaked to make it muscular and more appealing than before. The shape is fairly untouched and also the sole new recent addition has become the mHawk badge on the driver’s side. Mahindra also offers a particular vinyl onto the top-of-the-line Vlx model.
The instrument panel of the Scorpio is simple and has a rather basic design. Being a decade past, it will appear. But the majority of the Scorpio competition has a similar design, which doesn’t make the Scorpio appear old.
The fit and finish are adequate, however, it is the sense of the materials which didn’t impress us.
The space in the front row is decent, as we six-footers were comfortable without any difficulties. On the other hand, the seat might have been somewhat larger for better thigh support.
The rear seat knee room is tight for tall individuals, while the relaxation on the seat is adequate. The last row jump seats have good space.
As a general, the cabin of the Scorpio is well insulated, as the outside engine and other noises don’t intrude into the cabin– which makes it feel complicated.
Also, the air-conditioning is powerful to decrease the cabin temperature even the scorching Mumbai warmth.
It gets a whole lot of frills like an in-dash audio system with USB and aux, cruise control, steering mounted audio, Bluetooth connectivity. It’s the location of power window switches that are oddly placed.
Engine and transmission:
The Scorpio currently has two engine versions, one being a 2.2-liter mHawk along with the second being 2.5-liter m2Di. The latter being a Bharat-Stage III engine isn’t available in major cities. The 2.2-liter that we drove, is an all-aluminum engine block that is lighter than the regular cast-iron block and these four cylinders together churn out a total of 120 horsepower and also provide a maximum horsepower of 290Nm.
The NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) of this engine is decent, and the engine features a solid mid-range. The engine cries after passed 3000rpm. There’s a little bit of turbo lag, but the punch when the turbocharger kicks in is rather prominent. One of the greatest bits of the mHawk is its drivability and this is one of the reasons why Scorpio drivers love their SUV. The only disadvantage of this Scorpio’s energy train is its transmission. The very long gear knob takes time to find smitten, as well as the shifts are rubbery with long throws. We enjoy every bit of this powertrain, especially the refinement.
The Scorpio’s biggest USP is its driving dynamics. It drives exactly like a hatchback and you even sit higher in a command position, and that’s what most of those Indians like. The Scorpio’ ride is adequate, however, it is on the softer side and long suspension travel. The ride is smooth and composed on smooth tarmac and does not even feel resilient at elevated rates, which was an issue in the foliage spring Scorpio of the early 2000s. However, it is a tad jittery on rough and uneven surfaces.
The handling on the other hand is decent for town driving. There’s a lot of roll in the body when pushed quickly across bends. The steering wheel is also heavy at low speeds, which increases the attempt to park.
The Scorpio is a tried and tested product from the Mahindra stable and is one of the best Indian SUVs on the deal. The engine is strong, the driving is easy and the distance is adequate.