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New Mahindra Scorpio : Back To The Top

The new avatar of the Mahindra Scorpio is not far from the Ugly Betty (or Jassi Jaisi Kohi Nahi) story. The Scorpio has always been capable of taking a beating and proving its worth on almost any terrain thrown in its path. It has also been enjoyed a lot of success. In spite of being the first ‘modern’ UV in the Mahindra Roster which was launched back in 2002, it wasn’t the best looking thing on the roads. Now, the Mahindra Scorpio has been sculpted into a thing of beauty, and finally it can claim to be as good looking as it is capable. The first major generational leap in the course of 12 years, you could say it was worth the wait. The company had provided major upgrades and a new engine in 2006, a facelift in 2008, but now it’s an all-new platform for the first time, and we took the muscular beast to test its limits. The 2014 Scorpio is available in 6 trim levels – S2, S4, S6, S6+, S8 and S10. Here’s what the S4 had to offer.

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STYLING:

Judging by its looks alone, the 2014 Mahindra Scorpio is the epitome of transformation. The massive aesthetic makeover may only be second to the transformation of the roads of Kathmandu for the SAARC Summit.

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Although the new Scorpio carries forward the basic structure of the older version like the 4 doors, front windscreen and roof, it is based on a new generation platform. This means that it looks like a Scorpio that finally learned how to carry itself off in style.

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The new face of the Mahindra Scorpio is edgy, angular and bold. Its new projector headlamps, front grill and bonnet scoop give it an aggressive look which suits its robust nature. However, the LED eyebrows are not daylight running lights though, but rather work as parking lamps. Equipped with chrome inserts, the radiator grill flaunts an unconventional honeycomb pattern and chrome inserts. The honeycomb pattern is also adapted to the fog lamp surrounds and hood scoop grills as well.

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Mahindra have not been coy with the upgrades they’ve made to the front, and certainly not so in the rear. The rear brake lights have been swapped with an LED unit that does not skimp on the style factor. The two tone appliqué looks good but it still hasn’t fashioned a spare tyre most SUVs find mandatory.

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The sides are less busy and take on more subtle designs, the main changes pertaining mainly to the black painted pillars and alloy wheels on the higher variant.

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The company claims that the all new modular hydroformed chassis is twice as stiff as the older Scorpio’s and is safer as well. This W105 3rd generation chassis platform has the capability of being usable for all future body-on-frame vehicle. It can made to accommodate an extended wheelbase, or be reduced to fit a sub-4 metre vehicle. The new Scorpio is the first vehicle on it, and future products like the Bolero, Xylo, and Quanto replacements – as well as any possible new products – will also use the same platform.

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INTERIORS:

The interiors of the Scorpio are sublime, at least in the top variant. Its light grey with black interior combo has a universal appeal and enhances the bright, airy feel inside. The dashboard incorporates rectangular air-conditioner vents with chrome surrounds, multifunction steering wheel, instrument cluster with an MID, a climate control system, 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, CD, DVD, USB and Aux-in compatibility and navigation.

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The touchscreen infotainment system is borrowed from the XUV500. It’s an impressive tech-laden unit that will keep gizmo-freaks entertained. To start with, you can view a lot of vehicle-specific data on the screen, including the distance to empty counter, average fuel consumption, tyre pressure & tyre temperature, warning alerts, service due (if any), GPS navigation, telephony options and a video instruction manual. However, not all of these were a feature on the S4 trim.

The controls for the power windows have been moved from the centre console to the door panels. The upholstery has a blue and grey colour scheme and the driver’s seat is height-adjustable. The list of safety features includes ABS, dual airbags collapsible steering column, speed alert, panic brake indicator, auto door lock and engine immobiliser are available as well.

Auto-headlamps and rain-sensing wipers are carried forward from the old Scorpio. The Scorpio is also equipped with “Follow-me-home” and “Lead-me-to-vehicle” headlamps. Basically, they remain on for some time when you’re walking away from

the vehicle. You can also turn them on when approaching your parked Scorpio.

The Scorpio comes in four seating configurations – 7SF (7-seater with side facing 3rd row), 7CC (7-seater with captain chairs in the middle row), 8-seater (front-facing 3rd row) and 9-seater. The S2 & S4 variants are available in 7SF & 9-seater configs, the S6 & S6+ with 7SF & 8-seater, and the S8 & S10 with 7SF, 7CC and 8-seater layouts. When it comes to space, the Scorpio has lots to spare.

PERFORMANCE:

The S2 base variant is powered by the agricultural 2.5L m2DICR motor, while the rest of the range gets the refined and powerful 2.2L mHawk engine. It is a proper work horse and does not mind the grind. The peak torque of 280Nm kicks in as low as 1800rpm.

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The double-wishbone suspension setup is completely new, with Independent coil springs at the front, and a multi-link coil spring employed at the back. The ride quality has improved and soaks up the bumps with vigor.

The gearshifts are also smoother and take less effort. The automatic variant will feature the same 6-speed torque convertor. The 4WD model features a new shift on fly system that allows toggling between 2WD and 4WD mode without having to bring the vehicle to a complete halt.

Mahindra has made good work of the new chassis, reducing the body roll even further. Handling, on the whole, has improved by a long margin.

VERDICT

Mahindra have put in a lot of work in the new Scorpio. The very appearance of the new avatar makes this abundantly clear. However, what really steals the cake, are the amazing interiors. Right from the suave tech savvy look to the futuristic feel, Mahindra has ticked all the right boxes.

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Thankfully, the new Scorpio is not just a face lift but actually a new generation car. The short comings and niggles of the old Scorpio have certainly been amended for. It has been well tuned and is certainly a big improvement on the previous one.

What we have with the Mahindra Scorpio is a capable machine that will put in its money’s worth on the road. And the best part is, it won’t look shabby while it battles the various terrains you throw in its path. However, you do miss the massive lineup of features in the mid and lower variants.

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The Scorpio was one of the stars from the Mahindra roster in 2002, and the upgrade might have just put it back in the top of its game.

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: 4 cylinder mHawk CRDe diesel engine

Displacement: 2179 cc

Fuel Type: Diesel

Maximum Power: 120 bhp @ 4000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 280 Nm @ 1800 rpm

Transmission: Manual, 5 gears

Drivetrain: 2WD

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DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Length: 4456 mm

Width: 1820 mm

Height: 1995 mm

Wheelbase: 2680 mm

Ground Clearance: 180 mm

Tyre Size: 235 / 65 R17

Suspension Front: Independent with coil spring & anti roll bar

Suspension Rear: Multi-link coil spring

Brakes Front: Disc

Brakes Rear: Drum

Kerb Weight: 2510 kg

Fuel Tank: 60L

PRICE: NRs. 38,50,000/-

COLOURS: White, Silver, Blue, Red, Black

ALTERNATIVE CHOICES:

Tata Safari Storme, Kia Sportage

CONTACT:

Agni Incorporated Pvt. Ltd

Naxal, Kathmandu

O1-6226723

facebook.com/pages/Agni-Incorporated-Pvt-Ltd

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