After a relative period of lull, Scorpio spyshots have returned to the fore again. A couple of them are clearer interior shots and the remaining give a clearer picture of the exteriors, courtesy theautomotiveindia.com and indianautosblog.com.
Both the test vehicles were wrapped up very well in camouflage, but we can notice that there has been a change in the headlamp setup. Speculations suggest that the headlamps will feature smoked glass accents, but there are no signs of LED DRLs so far. Scorpio facelift will possess redesigned front as well as rear bumpers. This will help in providing a refreshed look to the updated Scorpio.
Even though the interiors were camouflaged, it is clear that the earlier design language of the dashboard has been bade goodbye to. The soft, roundish theme has now been replaced by a more aggressive and angular design language. We expect Mahindra to work on the quality of Scorpio’s interiors big time.
The new dashboard will go through a change, as can be made out from the frequent spyshots. However, we aren’t sure if the gearshift lever falls into the jigsaw puzzle or not.
The middle row and everything after it looks quite spartan. This mule doesn’t carry any roof-mounted AC. Upon second thoughts, this may be the entry level variant/s on test. Apart from what you can notice here, Scorpio facelift will come with the following additional changes:
- Projectors headlamps (possibly only on the higher variants)
- LED taillamps
- XUV500-like steering wheel
- New alloy wheels
- 17 inch tyres
All the above features have been gathered from the spyshots that have surfaced so far. We don’t expect Mahindra to ladle out powertrain changes to the facelifted Scorpio. The duo of 2.2 Litre mHawk CRDe and the 2.5L m2DiCR diesel engines will continue to do duty on the new Scorpio, unless Mahindra decides to surprise everyone with something new. We do not have any clue if Mahindra will tinker around with the power and torque figures for both these engines, considering that at least the 2.2L motor is pretty responsive already.
Currently, it produces 120bhp and 290Nm and the 2.5L engine produces 75bhp/200Nm. There will be the options of a 6-speed electronic automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual transmission to choose from.
Even though the All-New Scorpio will take some time to come out to the market in 2016-17, the facelifted Scorpio is expected to take care of the frontlines till then. According to an earlier report, Mahindra may launch it in the market as early as the coming June 2014.
We expect the facelifted Scorpio to address the niggles of the current model with its sharpened looks and more premium interiors and as always, carry the value for money baton forward.