Mahindra may have recently unveiled the new Scorpio-N ladder-frame SUV with modern design and tech, but it hasn’t forgotten its predecessor – the good old Scorpio. The Indian brand will continue to offer the latter in the form of the Scorpio Classic, which features a new diesel engine along with a number of exterior and interior updates.
The Mahindra Scorpio was re-introduced in 2002, followed by facelifts in 2006, 2009 and 2014.
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Styling changes focus on a new Mahindra emblem and a revised grille with vertical chrome strips that replace the previous Jeep-style design. The front bumper has also been redesigned, with integrated DRLs and a larger aluminum-style skid plate. The 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels retain their five-spoke design but look a bit more modern. Interestingly, the taillights, which get new LED graphics, go back to the vertical shape of one of the earlier Scorpio models, extending up to the roof (the latest facelift in this area features plastic add-ons). ons).
Inside, the highlight is a new 9-inch infotainment touchscreen that brings smartphone connectivity into the mix. Mahindra opted for a beige/black color combination for the car’s cabin in the images, with quilted upholstery on the seats and wood accents on the center console. Despite the welcome updates, we must say that the design can’t hide its age.
The most significant upgrade over the old Scorpio is the new 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine, which produces 130 hp (37 hp/132 PS) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. These figures may not be as impressive as the Scorpio-N’s 173 hp (129 kW / 175 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), but they represent an improvement over the regular Scorpio. Mahindra says the new engine is 55 kg (121 lb) lighter and 14 percent more efficient than the old unit. Power is sent to all four wheels through a new six-speed manual gearbox.
Apart from sticking a new engine under the bonnet, Mahindra has also tweaked the suspension setup and steering system. Note that the Scorpio Classic retains the Scorpio’s 20-year-old ladder frame architecture so don’t expect the same level of handling and control as its proven off-road prowess.
Mahindra will announce the prices for the Scorpio Classic on August 20. The SUV is expected to be priced lower than the more modern-looking Scorpio-N, positioning itself as a more affordable alternative in the Mahindra range.