After countless spy shots and an equal number of hypothetical dissections later, a lot of new stuff about the new Scorpio facelift is out in the open, thanks to a report on Autocar, which claims that the new SUV will officially be launched by Mahindra on September 25 2014.
The changes are the most comprehensive given to any new Scorpio ever since the first one was launched 12 years back, as has been claimed by Autocar, however, we doubt the veracity of this statement!
Since I have got tired of frequently talking about ‘new’ models getting new headlamps, bumpers, etc., allow me to first talk about the changes that we don’t get to see every day. The new Scorpio (codename W105) gets an all-new gearbox – M&M’s newly-developed 320MT five-speed transmission. There are no changes in the engine though, which is the same 2.2-litre mHawk turbo-diesel and Autocar claims that Scorpio facelift will not gain any significant change to either the power or torque outputs and will continue to churn out about 120bhp and 290 Nm as is the tune currently.
The second bigger change to the new Scorpio also is an all-new body-on-frame chassis. This makes the new Scorpio the first in Mahindra’s lineup to receive the company next-gen ladder chassis which uses hydroforming to give it a stiffer, more lightweight design. The new SUV should now feel more planted and the amount of body roll should also go down tremendously as the new vehicle’s track has been widened and height lowered. I just hope that it should not have compromised the ground clearance much…
Now I can talk about the de rigueur changes like headlamps and stuff. Yes, the new Scorpio will get new eyes while the taillamps now incorporate LEDs. The front grille and both the bumpers are also new. Inside the cabin you’ll see an all-new climate control system and chrome-lined rectangular air-con vents and buttons look and feel premium now.
Plus, switches for power windows are now placed where they should have been from day one – on the door panels. The facelift also gets an all-new instrument cluster, a big touchscreen on the centre console, new steering wheel with a Scorpio first – steering-mounted controls!
Expect Mahindra to keep the price of the new Scorpio just a smidgen higher than the outgoing model. Pricing it any higher would only give another reason for prospective buyers to head to the competitors’ showrooms