Back in 2002 the original Mahindra Scorpio was launched, and it became an almost overnight success because the car maker managed to transform itself into a serious SUV contender, but not in the world stage. The Scorpio did have some serious competition from the Tata Safari, as this was its main rival, and with the Scorpio showing signs of its age, sales over the years have suffered.
It is for this very reason why the New Mahindra Scorpio facelift for the end of 2014 is very much needed and from what we have seen so far, the changes will be worth the wait. However, there is a concern from some drivers in India that the New Mahindra Scorpio manual only option could affect sales because the automatic transmission is very much MIA at this time.
We are not certain what Mahindra plan to do with the transmission choice because it is very clear that sales of the current AT Scorpio are very poor, along with long waiting periods, so maybe Mahindra might give it a complete miss this time, which to us does seem a shame because it is good to give people a choice?
However, don’t let this small issue put you off because the all-new Mahindra Scorpio is shaping up to be a very strong threat to rival SUVs in India. We already know some of the specs of this upcoming SUV, and the spy shots have proven a hit so far, we just wonder if Mahindra is able to deliver.
Before you get too excited though, a complete redesign is not expected until another couple of years, but Mahindra is still going ahead with an interim redesign, which will allow it to compete on a more equal footing with the Renault Duster and the Ford Ecosport.
Some of the Mahindra Scorpio facelift changes include a new front-end with a sharper grille and headlights, a new bumper, along with a redesigned rear bumper, side moldings and an all-new 2.2-litre CRDe turbocharged engine.
The new Mahindra Scorpio price in India is expected to be between Rs 8-12.5 lakhs ex-showroom and is slated for a late 2014 release.