The king of Utility Vehicle Segment Mahindra Scorpio is fading in its stature. We have to accept that the majestic looks of the decade old design has bred contempt among the customer and now comes across plain and outdated.
Further, the new gush of modern (Compact) SUVs has been a major factor in our notions. Competing against the contemporary styled, better equipped and low priced Ecosport and Duster has not been easy. Though Scorpio has managed to save itself from total extinction (unlike the Quanto), it has been under tremendous pressure for sure.
Scorpio is all set to get its mid- life makeover, against the earlier notion of an all-new model. What you see here are exclusive spyshots of the facelifted Scorpio which was caught testing a few days back in Pune (More Details). With frequent spottings it was clear that Mahindra will be launching this Scorpio facelift sometime next year. And now, we have a possible month to talk about.
The new facelifted Scorpio is hitting your local dealerships in June 2014, according to a report by Economic Times. And hence, there are all the chances that Mahindra will showcase the Scorpio facelift at the Delhi Auto Expo in February next year.
The facelift promises changes in front and rear styling, new engine grille and (possibly) XUV5OO based alloy wheels. The major change will be to cement the weakest link in Scorpio design – Interiors. Interiors and Equipment levels are expected to witness a complete revision and uplift (we pray!). A little tweak in engine power is also likely. Mahindra will depend on the face lifted Scorpio to sustain its strong hold in the UV segment in coming years.
The June release will be a major cornerstone for Scorpio before the all-new model hits the market sometime in 2017. And that is when we expect new engine options along with a comprehensive design makeover to the long sustaining SUV.
The rapid increase of competition in the SUV segment has caught the auto giant off guard and is hurting them hard. With 12 new UVs lined up for release till 2020, Mahindra will depend on them to bring in sales and cement the company strong in the Utility vehicles segment, their bread and butter!
-by Saravana Priyan