Mahindra Scorpio Classic ready for Army duty
The Indian Army has recently placed an order for an additional 1850 Mahindra Scorpio Classic SUVs. This follows a previous order of 1470 units, bringing the total number of Scorpio Classics ordered by the armed forces to 3320 units.
While the exact specifications of the Army-spec Scorpio have not been confirmed, we believe it has been modified to meet the requirements including matte finish Army green exterior colour, minimum payload capacity increased to 800 kg, equipped with 4×4 system among other tweaks.
The Scorpio Classic is equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 130 BHP and 300 Nm of torque. There is no official word whether they have retuned the engine with higher output or is it the same. This engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox and gets the mandatory 4×4 system for off-road duties.
As you can see in these images, the first batch is ready for delivery. These are fitted with silver 5-spoke alloy wheels, fog lamps, side steps and roof rails.
In 2017, the Indian armed forces placed an order of 3192 units of Tata Safari Storme GS800 (General Service 800). It was tweaked to meet the requirements and featured a 2.2-litre Varicor400 diesel engine producing 156 PS and 400 Nm of torque. It was available with a 6-speed manual transmission with 4×4 tech.
In addition to the Mahindra Classic, the Indian Army has also expressed interest in the Maruti Suzuki Jimny. It might be more suitable for manoeuvring in tight and challenging terrains. If the deal goes through, the Jimny could potentially replace the ageing fleet of Gypsy currently in service with the Indian Army.