A Review of the Mahindra Scorpio: The Poor Man’s SUV!

Mahindra Scorpio

The Mahindra Scorpio which was launched by Mahindra & Mahindra in 2002 was its first SUV and also its flagship model. The Scorpio was manufactured by the company keeping an eye on the global SUV market. It did very well in India and also in some other countries which encouraged the company to plan for a foray into the US later. The latest version of the Scorpio has undergone quite a lot of modifications with focus on comfort and aesthetics. Since it is made by an Indian company so it is suitable for the roads here and delivers great performance both on-road and off-road. The Scorpio is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive options as well as five speed/six speed transmission options. The six-speed transmission option is available in the high-end variant.


Under its hood, the Mahindra Scorpio houses a 4-cylinder 2.2 litre mHawk engine that delivers a maximum power of 120 bhp. The Scorpio is quite fast and can touch 60 km per hour within 5.7 seconds. Mahindra incorporated a lot of innovative technology in the Scorpio’s engine giving stress on fuel efficiency and low emissions. The Scorpio delivers fantastic mileage and is low on emissions because of its Bosch CRDI technology. Moreover the top mounted intercooler ensures that the SUV remains cool at all times. Vibration and noise is low even at high speeds because of the two chain drive system. Its micro-hybrid technology shuts off the engine when in idle mode. A light touch on the clutch pedal starts the engine automatically. This decreases emission to a great extent. The Scorpio with manual transmission returns a mileage of 10.5 kmpl in the city and 15.5 on highways and the one with automatic transmission returns 9.6 kmpl in the city and 13 on highways.


The muscular design of the Scorpio is very appealing. Its design is unique and differs from the rest from this segment. The latest version of the Scorpio has undergone some changes in the front and the rear. The earlier grille has been replaced with a smooth and shiny one. And so are the clustered tail lamps that reach up to the roof. Overall the new version of this SUV looks very sporty. The Scorpio measures 4430 mm in length, 1817 mm in width and 1975 mm in height. The wheelbase measures 2680 mm. The SUV comes with seven seater and eight seater seating options.


The insides have been given a fresh change and now the Scorpio comes with dual tone interiors. Space is ample and there is enough headroom and legroom space. Boot space is also quite sufficient. For enhanced comfort during long distance driving, separate armrests and adjustable headrests have been provided. Some other notable new features are rear AC vents, mobile charger, power windows and sliding middle row seat. The new version also features several advanced safety systems like crumple zone for crash protection, dual airbags, blue headlamps, side impact beams, ABS, tubeless tyres, collapsible steering columns, child lock and intrusion beams etc.

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