Following the success of XUV700, Mahindra is gearing up to launch its new Scorpio early next year. While on its test run, the upcoming Scorpio test mule was spotted on-road and pictures are rampant online. Its actual launch was first scheduled in mid-2021 and then postponed to early 2022 due to a shortage in semiconductor chips. We are expecting it as early as April next year.
The new Scorpio should be positioned next to the Thar in the line-up. It is going to get a body-on-ladder chassis layout and the tail lamps running into the roof-integrated spoiler, as seen in the test mule, similar to the previous generation Scorpio. Rear wipers and the side-opening tailgate were also seen.
It also retains its classic, tall and rugged design, the large grille in front and conventional headlamps. Multi-spoke alloy wheels and a notably stubby antenna were also recognised.
We can also expect some other features such as a sunroof, 360-degree camera, dual-zone climate control and a touch screen infotainment system. Test run shots also suggest front-facing third-row seats in the back.
Engines for the SUV will be similar to Thar and the XUV700 with the 2.0-litre mStallion turbo-petrol and 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. Power outputs should be around 160-170PS for petrol and 150 to 160PS for diesel. It will also have both the six-speed manual and a six-speed torque-converter automatic option.
Another anticipation causing rumour is that the 2022 Scorpio will get a rugged 4×4 system with a low range function and off-road modes.
This new-gen SUV can be expected to be higher than the current model, taking into consideration its larger size and added features. The test mule sighting suggests that the Scorpio 2022 might be production-ready leading us to expect a launch date and price announcement somewhere around February or March of 2022. Prices are expected to start from around Rs 13 lakh and go up to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
While the Mahindra Thar is a lifestyle, off-road vehicle, this 2022 Scorpio will mostly be a practical and utilitarian SUV for consumers.
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