Ever since the introduction of Scorpio in the market in 2002, it has been a hot favorite among SUV buyers because of its rugged looks and ability to handle all sorts of terrains. In terms of styling and other aspects, the Scorpio remained unchanged all these years. However, it received a new engine in 2006 and a minor facelift in 2008. However this time around, it gets a new platform, chassis, transmission, features, interior design and slightly different exteriors.
Now that it’s already on sale, here’s the list of changes that makes it different from its predecessor.
– 6-inch Touch screen infotainment system with inbuilt GPS navigation
– Anti-lock braking system,
– Intellipark reverse assist
– New 5 speed manual transmission gearbox
– Dual front airbags
– New Panic Brake Indication
– New height-adjuster on driver’s seat
Mahindra launched the face lifted Scorpio this September and it’s started grabbing market and now Mahindra is eyeing for an automatic variant of the vehicle. Recently our team has spotted a test vehicle of the same, testing its civilized beast on the roads of Nashik city, hinting that the manufacturer might launch the model soon.
The base variant of the Scorpio is powered by the 2.5-liter 4 cylinder m2DiCr diesel engine, which can churn out a power of 75bhp @3,200rpm and a peak torque of 195Nm @1,400-2,200rpm, coupled to 5 speed manual transmissions and the other models are powered by 2.2 litre mHawk engine.
Mahindra Scorpio’s automatic variant was spotted testing in Nashik with a large tag of ‘On Test’ stickers on the vehicle. It seems that the new variant does not get any changes to the exterior except ‘Automatic’ name on badging on the side. The current line-up of the refreshed Scorpio includes variants like S2, S4, S6, S6+, S8 and S10. However, this automatic version is expected to be available only in the top-end versions.
According to sources, the Automatic Variant has Vlx badge at the back looks same as previous models of the New Scorpio but automatic version is expected to be available only in the top-end versions.
The new Scorpio automatic will be around Rs. 1 lakh costlier than the existing top-end manual model. If the automatic gearbox is offered with the Scorpio RWD, expect it to be priced around Rs. 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom). As far as a 4WD automatic, the prices might go as high as Rs. 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Being the top-of-the-line variant, the new Scorpio automatic will be loaded with all the features offered with the S10 model like driver + passenger airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), etc.
The new Scorpio has earned itself a tremendous response in the Indian market ever since its launch. The only thing that some followers thought was missing was the automatic version and the good news is that the company will offer the same in the coming months. This automatic Scorpio should further increase the demand of the Scorpio as its immediate competitor, the Tata Safari Storm, does not get an automatic transmission.
Isn’t this a great piece of news for Scorpio lovers?