Typically built for cruising on rough terrains, Mahindra Scorpio has already gained much popularity in the smaller SUV segment. This AWD vehicle has been catering to the Indian, Malaysian and Australian customers since 2002. Owing to the rugged feeling and typical box shaped looks, Mahindra offers tough competition regarding performance and dynamic visual upgrades with its 2018 Mahindra Scorpio. 2017 version of this vehicle was already tested to be more fuel efficient and decisive in looks. With an even stronger body, Mahindra Scorpio 2018 uses high-quality materials and intensive use of steel to give it a somewhat rigid structure with a powerful engine.
Present versus New
The Mahindra Scorpio 2018 comes loaded with a host of new features. It’s targeted to compete with the Honda BR-V and Hyundai Creta. Better quality plastic has been used for the interiors as well as the exteriors. Additionally, reverse parking cameras and front door issues have been resolved.
2018 Mahindra Scorpio Powertrain
The 2017 Scorpio comes with 2.5 liters turbocharged petrol engine which produces 120 HP and 210 lb-ft of torque equipped with the Direct injection Common rail system. A 5-speed manual or a six-speed auto transmission is mated to the above engine ensuring high performance and better fuel efficiency. Current fuel economy is 12 mpg within city and 19 mpg on highways.
Like 2017 version, this new Mahindra Scorpio is also expected to be fitted with its existing engine. A slightly more powerful four-cylinder engine is also supposed to be added to the fleet which will produce an excess of 156 HP. Along with it, Mahindra has also planned to fit the vehicle with a micro-hybrid system meant to consume lesser fuel.
Current model of Scorpio has been worked on for better appearance which includes high-quality LEDs and the new grilles. The company has brought about distinctive changes in front and rear headlamps, and it is set to compete with the others in the segment regarding redesigning. Lightweight quality materials have been used to enhance its aerodynamics.
Regarding appearance, 2018 Mahindra Scorpio borrows whole set of modification, from 2017 version. The grilles are expected to undergo further changes to make it more attractive in this range of SUVs. Mahindra has constantly been working on making the bumpers look more masculine. This new version is also supposed to be installed with 17-inch aluminum wheels, also borrowed from the 2017 version.
As opposed to earlier versions, the 2017 Scorpio has got a spacious interior. It can easily accommodate nine passengers in three sets of rows. This new-gen Mahindra Scorpio will not differ from its previous versions regarding space and comfort for the passengers and driver alike.
Regarding entertainment, the Mahindra Scorpio 2018 will be featuring a 7-inch infotainment screen loaded with features like USB support and Voice assistance. It borrows Auto Climate Control system and Cruise Control apart from leather upholstery from its 2017 brother.
Pricing and release date
The base model Scorpio 2017 version is tagged at a price of about $22,000 and higher for higher versions, depending on engine variants and comfort features. The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio will not deviate much in terms of pricing and is expected to launch towards the end of 2018.