2014 Mahindra Scorpio First look
Mahindra’s latest offering the New Generation Scorpio is certainly not a mere facelift version on the existing Scorpio platform with glorified D.R.L’s and projector headlamps! But the new generation Mahindra Scorpio is definitely the return of the all time favourite off-roader packed with value added features. Well, to start off the new Mahindra Scorpio gets aggressive yet bold front facia with a similar offering at the rear. Substantial design elements, which have been incorporated into the design of the vehicle gives the bold look. The new design elements on the interiors of the vehicle make the New Generation Scorpio actually NEW! Well, to top it off guys at Mahindra have gone a step further ahead and redesigned the chassis of the existing Scorpio to make a new one, fitted with cushion suspension with anti roll technology which makes the New Generation Scorpio stand out of the crowd. What’s more, the New Generation Scorpio is available in an automatic transmission option as well as a 4 Wheel Drive variant.
Well, most of the new designs rolling out of the production line comes with a tag called ‘Family Design’ which makes the cars look identical and mostly boring! Well, that’s not the case here! Instead of sticking bits from the existing Mahindra XUV 5oo designers did use brains and crafted the New Generation Scorpio. The front facia is now bold and aggressive with a complete new hexagonal radiator grill with chrome inserts. The headlamps are completely redesigned, and it now gets double barrel projector lamps with Day Time Running Lights. The front bumper is also redesigned, which houses the fog lamps and a silver skid plate.
The New Generation Scorpio gets a redesigned bonnet, which wraps around the fender. The bonnet, gets a function Air Scoop which is a ‘Low Drag’ Design and helps air flow into the inter cooler. The fenders do get a mock vent which houses the mHawk badge. Disturbingly the doors and the roof design have been untouched! If this were done, things could have been a bit brighter.
The rear section of the New Generation Scorpio retains the basic design structure, now with the additional black appliqué which runs across the upper part of the tail gate. The silver number plate garnish is however a bit more brash and a bit unwanted! The rear tail lamps get clear lens and wraps around the quarter panel which was similar to the outgoing version. The new tail lamps feature L.E.D lighting however, the chrome inserts were purely unnecessary and for a few it might be a big turnoff. The rear bumper is exactly the same, but function as ever.
To sum it all up, the Scorpio’s front end styling is definably eye catchy! However, if the side profile was a bit redesigned with new character lines maybe things could have been a bit more satisfying.
Talking about the interior of the New Generation Scorpio, I must admit it’s a bit more than what you would normally expect. The design refreshment continuous on the inside too, significant changes include a complete redesigned dashboard and a new steering wheel.
The centre console is hexagonal and carries the curve lines which are found on the exterior.Mahindra has gone in for a complete makeover previously Mahindra did have circular air con vents. With the design revamp the interiors are quite pleasant and pleasing thanks to the interior colour and design. The instrumentation cluster is now completely redesigned, and looks ahead of time for sure! The instrumentation cluster gets blue backlit display, which is pleasant. The infotainment system gets touch screen interface with build in GPS navigation.
Automatic climate control is an added bonus.
The seats are now refined to suit long distance travel. The front seats do get an integrated arm rest, and at the rear too. The rear air con vents provide adequate cooling for passengers at the rear. One notable feature, which Mahindra has carried forward are the side facing jump seats in the third row. Well there is a logical explanation for that, since the Mahindra Scorpio is a SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) it simply does not need to carry the burden of an MPV.
That said, this is the New Generation Scorpio for all of your readers out there! Well is it so? No, there’s more to it which makes all the changes and make things better!
The New Generation Scorpio comes with a new Chassis, the new chassis uses modular ladder construction which uses a hydroforming manufacturing technique. Hydroforming method was first used in aerospace engineering, but this recently made its way into automotive manufacturing process. What hydroforming does is reduce weight and increase stiffness and strength of the chassis. Suspension set up is similar to the previous Scorpio, except now it uses polyurethane bushes which lasts longer and maintain structural integrity. Engineers at Mahindra have increased the front and rear track, which makes way for a tighter turning radius. The New Generation Scorpio now comes with a 17 Inch standard steel wheels or Alloys.
The new Generation Mahindra Scorpio is available in six variants namely, S2, S4, S6, S6+, S8 and S10. There will be a choice of a manual and an automatic gearbox option in which the manual comes with a 5 speed gear box and the automatic is a six speed torque convertor. There is also an option of a four wheel drive (4WD) which features shift on fly mode.With certain additions and some major surgery undergone, the New Generation Scorpio has retained its previous long list of creature comforts such as rain sensing vipers, auto lights, tyre pressure monitor, Engine start-stop technology and parking sensors. The introduction of panic braking, which flashes its hazard warning lights when brakes are suddenly applied at speeds over 100KM/H.
To sum it all up, Mahindra has kept the legend alive and made it last longer and more efficient in this internet-social media age.
When the Mahindra Scorpio was first launched, it did create a huge buzz and even now it still stands out of the crowd. The only glitch is, if Mahindra did do the front redesign part and the rear, why couldn’t they redesign the doors!