2018 Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Review
Car Tested: 2018 Mahindra Scorpio Facelift; Road Test No. 879
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 11.53 – 18.69 lakhs
The most powerful version of the Mahindra Scorpio has surprising performance
The Mahindra Scorpio is one such Indian SUV that just doesn’t need any introduction. It was launched more than a decade back and has sold in very good numbers and has brought in a lot of success for Mahindra. The Scorpio has got minor updates over the years but it received a proper generation change only in 2014, a decade after it was first launched. Now, the automaker has given the SUV another update which is nothing but a mid-life update that consists of some changes to the cosmetics, certain additions to the equipment list and most importantly a significant bump in power and torque figures.
Motor Quest: The Mahindra Scorpio is now available in a variety of trim options which includes 2WD and 4WD options. Along with that, certain lower variants continue to come with lower power and torque figures. Mahindra also offers a pick-up version of the Scorpio and it is called the Scorpio Getaway.
Exteriors – Considering that this is a facelift, Mahindra has given the new Scorpio a new 7-slat grille (similar to the one on the Jeep Compass) with chrome inserts. The front bumper also sees minor tweaks, however, the projector headlights with the eye-brow like LED DRLs continue on the facelifted Scorpio and so does the muscular bonnet. The fog lamps have been redesigned and come with chrome bezels. The side profile is similar to the pre-facelifted car save for the new 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels and the ORVM-mounted indicators. The rear profile is much cleaner looking now with minor changes in the form of a redesigned tailgate which now gets a chrome insert above the registration plate holder. The SUV comes in a choice of four colours – Pearl White, Mist Silver, Napoli Black and Molten Red.
Interiors – The updated Mahindra Scorpio continues with the dual-tone black and beige treatment for the dashboard. There are no vast improvements and you get the same 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a new reverse parking camera (with dynamic assist). You also get Bluetooth, AUX, USB connectivity and Navigation but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are still missing. Mahindra hasn’t done any changes to the door pockets as well and one will find it almost impossible to access the door pockets or even adjust the position of the seat when the doors are closed. The new S11 variant gets a sun-glass holder and auto-window roll up (window rolls up automatically when you lock the car). Some other features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, TPMS, follow me home headlamps, projector headlamps with static bending function and climate control. The AC chills the cabin nicely while the seats are comfortable, however, the third row jump seats are best suited for kids.