Even though Renault’s Duster was breathing down the Scorpio’s neck, the Mahindra was still the largest-selling SUV in its segment in India. Still, not one to sit on its laurels, the company just launched the most comprehensively updated generation of its mighty SUV, which, barring the engines, boasts of almost everything new. Heck, even the wheels are new!
The most important change in the Scorpio happens to be its chassis (and suspension) which is not only lighter than before but a full 100 percent stiffer than the outgoing vehicle’s as per Mahindra. In fact, now every new SUV/MUV to be rolled out by the 4×4 major will be underpinned by the new Scorpio’s platform in the same or lengthened/shortened forms giving quite a number of wheelbase sizes as options, according to Economic Times.
And it’s not just the length that can be played with; the front and rear tracks can be altered too. This is obviously limited to the ladder frame vehicles and exclude XUV500 and the upcoming compacts S101 and S102 which are monocoque designs.
The first vehicle which will benefit from this ‘modular’ structure will be the new Bolero. This vehicle has again been the best-seller in its segment almost since its inception and, with no immediate threats lurking in the vicinity, Mahindra’s efforts to overhaul an already great-selling vehicle would be laudable. I somehow get this feeling that Mahindra may not discontinue the current Bolero in the semi-urban and rural areas where its ruggedness is much appreciated (and needed).
The new Bolero with plusher interiors and better on-road manners might prove to be a worthy alternative to some ‘premium’ compact SUVs. Moreover, Mahindra may launch a shorter 5-seat version too! While these are merely speculations, the upcoming sub four-metre offering, the new Quanto (U215) will certainly be based on the new modular platform.
There is a long list of vehicles coming from the company and we expect Mahindra to start launching them from this financial year.