The Mahindra Scorpio pick-up is being upgraded with a revised chassis, styling and interiors based on the SUV version that was launched in India in 2014.
The Mahindra Scorpio is available in a pickup derivative sold in a number of markets and was caught testing in the new generation avatar for the first time by MotorBeam reader Johnson Victor Fernandes in Hadapsar, Pune. With minimal camouflage, the spy shots reveal all the essential details needed to know about the pickup that goes by the name of Scorpio Getaway in India and Mahindra Pik-Up in Australia. The version spotted was the Australia spec model carrying the ‘Pik-Up’ moniker on the tailgate.
Based on a revised body-on-frame chassis with hydroforming, the new generation Mahindra Pik-Up gets a comprehensively revised front fascia that made its debut in September 2014 on the SUV version. The new grille, double barrel headlamps with DRLs and bumper are clearly visible. The side profile remains largely the same but the test mule was equipped with side steps and additional mounts. While the Scorpio SUV gets new LED finished tail lamps, the test mule was equipped with the older vertically stacked tail lights that really kills the overall styling quotient.
A host of changes will also feature inside the cabin of the next generation Mahindra Pik-Up sporting a new dashboard, instrument cluster with MID screen, 4-spoke steering wheel and new switchgear. The cabin will also get improved materials while the seats will continue to be upholstered in fabric. The Australian version already comes with a 2-DIN audio system, tilt steering, central lock, power windows and HVAC unit which will be retained on the outgoing model as well.
In terms of power, the new Mahindra Pik-Up will continue to use the 2.2-litre four-cylinder mHawk diesel engine tuned for 120 PS and 280 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via the AWD system paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Mechanically, the new Pik-Up is expected to be lighter and stiffer, whereas a new anti-roll bar will help reduce body roll. The Mahindra Pik-Up can be expected to go on sale in Australia by mid-2016 while an Indian debut is likely next month at the Auto Expo.