Mahin­dra Scorpio

Up­dated en­gine, looks and fea­tures

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In a time when crossovers and hatch­backs-on-stilts are more sought af­ter as an ad­ven­ture life­style ve­hi­cle than burly, hairy-chested SUVs, the Scorpio’s ap­peal never seems to fade. It was born back in 2002 when the SUV was ac­tu­ally a tool and con­tin­ues to sell in 2017 when SUVs are merely do­mes­ti­cated ur­ban dwellers. In that time, the Scorpio has evolved to suit mod­ern tastes in aes­thetic de­sign terms and fea­tures. Mahin­dra has now added more style, power, tech and vari­ants to the mix.

Since the most sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment is the per­for­mance, let’s talk about that first. Us­ing the same 2.2-litre MHAWK diesel unit, the en­gi­neers have re­tuned the en­gine and added a new Borg Warner tur­bocharger. It now pro­duces 140bhp (torque re­mains the same at 320Nm) and has been mated to a 6-speed man­ual gearbox. The re­sults are quite a pleas­ant sur­prise. Right from the

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Mahin­dra Scorpio was a ma­jor im­prove­ment over the orig­i­nal. While it did be­come bet­ter-look­ing and more pre­mium, it still lacked oomph un­der the en­gine bay. The com­pany has ad­dressed that and more with a new up­date. We in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther

light clutch, to the gal­lops of torque on of­fer, the car is easy to drive in the city and out on high­ways as well, thanks to the new gearbox. It pulls cleanly off the line and af­ter the tur­bocharger kicks in around 1,800rpm it shoots for­ward faster and will hap­pily keep climb­ing speeds faster than you might first ex­pect. It terms of vari­ants, the base S3 gets the 2.5-litre m2DICR en­gine with 75bhp, while the S5 and S7 ver­sions get the en­gine in its 120bhp state of tune. The new 140bhp en­gine and six-speed ‘box are an op­tion on the S7 and stan­dard on the new S11 ver­sion. While the gearbox is a plea­sure to use, the re­verse gear was a chal­lenge to en­gage. Only af­ter the strug­gles of the first few at­tempts, did I get ac­quainted. So, not the best ve­hi­cle to use for quick get­aways from the bad­dies. Good think­ing, Mahin­dra. On the han­dling front, mat­ters re­main the same as the ear­lier mod­els - com­fort­able over the rough and

roll-and-tum­ble in the cor­ners.

Even though changes to ex­te­rior styling are not sig­nif­i­cant, they cer­tainly do spruce up the look. The front gets a new 7-slat grille which re­place the fangs on the older ver­sion. Also new are changes to the front bumper, head­light and skid plate de­sign with the ad­di­tion of chrome hous­ing on the fog lamps. At the back, gone is the plas­tic cladding plas­tered atro­ciously at the back. The tail­gate sports a new, cleaner de­sign along with sub­tle re­vi­sion to the tail lamp hous­ing. In­side, pas­sen­gers are now greeted to new faux leather up­hol­stery, along with faux leather wrapped steer­ing wheel and gear lever. The Scorpio now also gets a re­vers­ing cam­era and park­ing guid­ance. It is con­ve­nient but doesn’t have a very vi­brant dis­play.

EVEN THOUGH CHANGES TO THE EX­TE­RIOR SYTLING ARE NOT SIG­NIF­I­CANT, THEY CER­TAINLY DO SPRUCE UP THE LOOKS OF THE EN­TIRE VE­HI­CLE

Cabin re­mains util­i­tar­ian and use­ful, for the most part. Though in cer­tain ar­eas, es­pe­cially the us­abil­ity of the driver’s side arm rest, more thought could be spared for er­gonomics

Karan Mathur Cor­re­spon­dent karan.mathur@in­to­day.com @v8ob­sessed

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