Launched in 2002, Mahindra Scorpio has been the country's most lovable SUV. What kept it going all these years is the regular makeover the car has been given time to time. In 2006, the company introduced the all-new Scorpio with updated engine and styling. Moreover, Mahindra launched the pickup version of the SUV named as Getaway. Later, the Scorpio came up with a six-speed automatic transmission, which added a new variant VLX to the model lineup. The vehicle received other technologies such as dual airbags, ABS, Micro-hybrid system and others. Initially, the SUV was launched in 2WD version, the off-roading capable 4WD version joined later.
Mahindra Scorpio is now available with two diesel engines- a 2.2-litre mHawK and a 2.5-litre m2Di mill. The mHawk engine churns out a maximum power output of 120bhp and 290Nm of peak torque. The other model, 2.5-litre engine is a BSIII compliant engine producing 74bhp and 200Nm of peak torque.
The SUV comes loaded with several comfort and convenience features including power windows, central locking, remote fuel filler, tilt adjustable steering, remote boot opener and others. Mahindra Scorpio offers loads of safety features to its occupants including Anti Lock Braking System (ABS), dual airbags, voice assist, speed alert system, speed limiter and others.
Mahindra Scorpio is priced at Rs. 8.08 lakh for entry level variant and Rs. 12.75 lakh for the high end model. The manual variant offers a decent fuel economy of 10.5kmpl in the city roads and 15.4kmpl on highways. On the other hand, the automatic Scorpio returns a fuel economy of 9.6kmpl in city and 13kmpl on highways.
Since its launch in 2002, the company kept on reviving the car in regular intervals to keep buyers interested. It comes equipped with new body contours and sporty body graphics, which makes it look aggressive. The front facade of the SUV sports the larger Mahindra grille incorporated with the company's logo surrounded by a vertical chrome slat.
The sporty bonnet with low drag intake offers a rugged exterior look to the car. The multi focal headlights smartly incorporated to the front grille and the nicely added fog lamps offer stunning appearance to the car. The turn indicators feature the mock-LED lamps. The bumper in the latest model has been restyled to sport the licensing plate and fog lamps.
The silhouette looks identical to the previous model, though plastic cladding on the lower side of the rear doors featuring the 'Scorpio' lettering is a noticeable change. This further enhances the overall appearance of the car. Sporty graphics add more to the sportiness of the SUV. The roof edge features the illuminated spoiler, which represent the strings of lights.
The roof top carrier can easily carry the luggage during long drive. Mahindra Scorpio is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels to offer a very sporty and aggressive look. The SUV features radial tubeless tyres that enhance the overall stability of the car. The SUV measures 4430mm (length) x 1817mm (width) x 1975mm (height). The vehicle has a wheelbase of 2680mm, which offers enough space to seat seven adults comfortably. Mahindra Scorpio comes with a ground clearance of 180mm, which is enough to drive the vehicle through rugged terrains.
Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the most popular Sports Utility Vehicle in the country ever since its launch, and despite being an affordable SUV, the car has decent interiors. The roomy cabin offers enough space to carry seven adults comfortably. Its dual colour fabric upholstery- black allure and new tan & Beige option give a soothing experience to passengers.
The front wooden centre console, theatre style interior illumination with illuminated key ring, beige colour inner side door trims offer a great cabin feel. The tiltable steering wheel and gear knobs get leather covering. For music lovers, the Scorpio SUV has 2 DIN audio systems. Features like Sun Visor, air conditioner with heater and automatic climate control add to vehicle's comfort and convenience.
Mahindra Scorpio comes equipped with a series of advanced and comfort features. The tilt adjustable power steering, power windows for both front and rear seats, internally adjustable ORVM reduces the human efforts. The middle row seats are of sliding type to offer extra legroom, centre armrests for second row passengers and individual arm rests for first row passengers and front seat headrests offers greater comfort during travelling.
The company has intelligently designed the interior to offer decent luggage space, cup holders in central bezel IP & Console, console box, ticket holders and others. The instrument cluster of the SUV features three overlapping oval shaped dials. The left dial sports tachometer, AVS, seat belt warning signs and a tyre pressure monitoring system that provides information about the pressure in each tyre. While the central dial gets the speedometer with a digital clock, tripmeter and odometer, the right side dial has fuel gauge, oil indicator and icons to show the vehicle is in 4WD mode or in normal.
Mahindra Scorpio has been designed smartly to offer a spacious cabin. The vehicle has 965mm of front headroom, 1015mm of rear headroom. It offers a max front legroom of 1090cm and knee room of 870mm.
Engine & Transmission
Mahindra Scorpio is offered; in two engine variants- a 2.2-litre mHawk and a 2.5-litre m2Di mill. The engine with more displacement is a Bharat-Stage III engine, which is not available in major cities. The 2.2-litre version is basically an all-aluminum engine block that is lighter and makes it frugal. This 4-cylinder engine churns out a maximum power output of 120bhp at 4000rpm and 290Nm of peak torque. The BSIII, 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder m2DiCR engine develops a maximum power of 74bhp at 3200rpm and 200Nm of a peak torque of 200Nm at 1400-2200rpm.
Despite being an all-aluminum engine, The NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels of the mill are not very high. However, the engine generates noise once it crosses 3000rpm and has a turbo lag as well. Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which transmits power to front wheels of the SUV. The 2.5-litre mHawk engine is also available in a 4WD version, which is paired to a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
Performance & Handling
Mahindra Scorpio is powered by a tried and tested 2.2-litre mHawK diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 120bhp. The engine is mated in either five-speed manual transmission gearbox or automatic transmission. Its CRDi fuel supply system provides decent flow of fuel and improves the performance and efficiency of the SUV. The mighty engine accelerates this sports utility vehicle to 100kmph from stand still in just 15.6 seconds and attains a top speed of 156kmph.
The large ground clearance of 180mm, good quality suspension and smart design make it an excellent vehicle to have an off-road fun. It features a decent braking system and the presence of ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) makes the ride even safer than before. This ABS system avoids wheels from locking up during panic braking conditions and provides high stability on slippery roads. The Scorpio comes fitted with Bridgestone Dueler H/T tubeless tyres of the size 235/70 R16.
Mahindra Scorpio is offered in both 2WD and 4WD versions. While the 2WD version has an independent with coil spring and anti roll bars type front suspension, the 4WD variant gets the torsion bar type suspension. The rear suspension in both drives is multilink with coil spring. This suspension mechanism is very effective and provides great stability and avoids any potholes damage.
The SUV has disc type brakes at the front and rear brakes are drum type, which are very efficient in any sudden situations on roads. The Anti-lock braking system further enhances the overall braking mechanism of the car, as it avoids wheel locking and skidding during run on slippery surfaces.
The mHawk engine features the Common Rail Direct Injection fuel supply system that improves the fuel efficiency of the Scorpio SUV. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission that returns a fuel economy of 10.5kmpl on city roads and 15.4kmpl on the highways. This engine is also offered with automatic gearbox, which offers a mileage of 9.6kmpl in city and 13kmpl for long run. The BSIII, 2.5-litre engine give a decent fuel efficiency of 9kmpl in the urban area and 12kmpl on the highways.
Mahindra Scorpio comes equipped with several safety features to keep passengers safe during any mishappening on road. It sports loads of active and safety features, which make it a very safe car. The Scorpio features the ABS (Anti Lock Braking System) which avoids wheel locking during sudden brake application and also offers stability to the car. The vehicle has a dual SRS Airbag which offers safety to its passenger and driver during collision and jerks. To minimize the impact during collision to its side, it features crash protection crumple zone. The doors of the car get steel bars which too minimize the impact. The presence of Child locks avoid sudden opening of doors when the car is on the move. The company has added the speed alert and voice assist system, which tells the driver about speed limit and voice assist system tells if the seat belt is not properly tied.
The vehicle has fire retardant upholstery which slows down the spread of fire, thus making it easier for passengers to evict quickly during such situation. The collapsible steering column avoids damage during frontal collision, as the steering column crumples. The other safety features in the SUV are high mounted stop lamp, double horn, side impact beams and others.
Mahindra Scorpio is the most reliable and one of the best SUVs available in the market. The vehicle houses the tried and tested 2.2-litre mHawk engine, which offers minimal lag, NVH levels. The driving is easy and it can accommodate seven adults comfortably. It comes equipped with decent comfort and convenience features.
If you are looking to buy an SUV which offers spacious cabin for seven adults, goof features and power, Mahindra Scorpio is no doubt one of the best value for money products available in the Indian market.
Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano are the two close competitors of Mahindra Scorpio. Both the Duster and Terrano are based on the same platform, however, the Nissan's SUV is costlier. Renault Duster has been doing tremendous business and is said to be the toughest competitor for the Scorpio in India. While the Duster is being offered in both diesel and petrol guise, the homegrown SUV is available only in diesel version. While Duster offers more mileage being an urban SUV, the Scorpio on the other hand sufficient mileage being an off-reading competent vehicle.
Since Ionians Terrain is based on Duster platform, both the vehicles look similar from the side profile. However, Ionians designers have worked hard to make the Terrain look unique and sporty from the front and rear. It is also available in both petrol and diesel versions, and is also more fuel efficient than Scorpio.
When it comes to spaciousness, Maidenhair Scorpio is larger in size and its high wheelbase has helped the carmaker offer adequate space for seven adults. On the other hand, both the Duster and Terrain are good for five passengers.
Power, good to drive on rough terrains as well
Mileage could be better