The built for high duty performance on tough terrains, the mid-size SUV is getting a facelift as the 2018 Mahindra Scorpio with some redesigns. The Mahindra Scorpio rules the SUV manufacturing business in India, with few local companies into SUV production. The Mahindra and Mahindra Limited launched the Scorpio in 2002, and it has been a hit with consumers ever since. You must have seen a Mahindra Scorpio on almost every Indian road. The Scorpio was the first SUV produced by Mahindra and Mahindra Limited in response to the other major vehicle in the section – Tata Safari. The Mahindra has, however, a few other vehicles in this section since the last few years with the likes of KUV100, Bolero and XUV. You will find the Scorpio in other countries too like Australia, Egypt, Qatar and Malaysia. This vehicle goes by the name of Mahindra Goa in Western Europe.
2018 Mahindra Scorpio – Imposing and Muscular Exterior
The Mahindra Scorpio is a household name in India as SUV lovers tend to have a liking for its imposing and muscular exterior. The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio retains most of the exterior characteristics of earlier versions. Based on the Modular W105 platform, the Scorpio’s squared body and a straight roofline make it spacious for passengers.
The front fascia is as imposing as before with sharper angles, meshed grille with 5 vertical bars on it. The center of the bumper holds the Scorpio logo in bold. Double barrel LED headlights are set to serve well for a good driving experience. A small horizontal air vent dots the hood of the SUV.
The stylish sculpting has been done on the side doors along with the option for plastic linings to prevent dents on any occasion of collision from the sides. The rear section gets a two-tone layout with a large matt black panel in the center of the rear door. Vertically aligned taillights have LED feature and the stop light extends up to the roofline. The roof mounted spoilers and twin exhausts also give a classy look to this SUV.
The 5 door SUV sits high on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Use of aluminum and high-strength steel on the body ensures a fuel efficient Scorpio. A double cab pickup version of the Scorpio will also be produced.
Interior Features and Safety
The interior of the 2018 Mahindra Scorpio comes with premium materials and modern gadgets for the utmost comfort of the passengers. Leather upholstery will cover the four-spoke multifunction steering wheel as well as the seats. A 6-inch touchscreen for infotainment sits at the center of the dual tone dashboard. Standard features for multimedia like USB support, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth and smartphone integration have been added. Voice assistance is also available.
The front passengers in 2018 Mahindra Scorpio will also have access to huge glove compartments, cup holders and multidirectional AC vents. Drivers look for modern safety controls these days and the 2018 Mahindra Scorpio has been rightly equipped with advanced controls like stability and adaptive cruise control, rear view cameras to assist drivers in parking, crash-absorbing crumple areas, blind spot monitoring system, emergency braking mode and airbags for all passengers.
Engine of the new Scorpio
The Mahindra will use its reliable mHawk CRDe Turbocharged engines for the 2018 Mahindra Scorpio. A 2.2-liter MPFI motor assisted engine is the most likely candidate under the hood. It will have a power output of around 120 HP. There might also be other variants – 1.2 liter, 1.5 liter, 1.6 liter and 2.0-liter gasoline engines as has been used earlier. The engine will be backed by a 5 speed or 6-speed manual transmission gear system with an option of automatic transmission. All wheel drive mode is a default for 2018 Mahindra Scorpio. Furthermore, these specifications of the engine guarantee fuel economy to reach 12/19 mpg in the city/highway.
Launch, Price and Rivals
Finally, the new Scorpio is set to be released in mid of 2017 with a price over $20,000. The India, Australia and Malaysia are the preferred markets for the SUV with any US launch very unlikely. The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio intends to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Tata Safari and Renault Duster.