Mahindra has been very proactive with their products and the company has been updating its range of vehicles at the earliest in the market. Even though the Scorpio facelift due for launch this year is still in the testing phase, the company has commenced work on the next generation Scorpio. The second generation Mahindra Scorpio prototype was spotted testing by Motor Vikatan reader Mr. Jeyavel near Mahindra’s R&D centre in Chennai and is most likely to be launched in 2016.
The next generation Mahindra Scorpio will be based on an all-new platform featuring a monocoque chassis. The heavily camouflaged test mule gave very little about what the vehicle looks like underneath; however; the front vertical slat grille and the headlight cluster clearly indicate that the design is inspired from the XUV500. Mahindra has worked upon keeping the overall dimensions of the next generation Scorpio compact and the reduced bonnet length indicates towards improved cabin space.
The absence of the rear bumper on the next generation Scorpio showcased the rear differential indicating the next generation Scorpio will be offered with the option of 4×4, while regular variants will be offered with 4×2. The 2016 Scorpio will also feature a rear side hinged door as seen on the test car, while the spare wheel will be mounted on the tail gate. The test mule also featured emission testing equipment and was riding on tube tyres, but you can expect the production version to feature alloys with the tubeless tyres.
If the XUV500 is anything to go by, the next generation Scorpio will be a major departure from the current generation and will see a host of electronic equipment to feature on the interiors along with improved levels of fit and finish. The powertrain to be featured are still unknown, but expect a lineup of powerful yet frugal diesel engines mated to both manual and automatic transmissions on the all new Scorpio.
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