If you are going to be spending lakhs and lakhs of your hard-earned money on a new car, chances are that you want the maximum bang-for-your-buck deal. A big part of that proposition will usually involve you wanting more and better features. Knowing this, dealerships generally cash in on the situation by offering extra accessories to customers during the purchase of the car. However, there are certain features that are best left to the automaker to implement – this includes a warranty-backed infotainment system. The Mahindra Scorpio has long been one of India’s (and filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s) favorite SUVs. Now, at last, Mahindra has finally equipped the Scorpio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Good news, indeed. But, do keep in mind that this feature is only available on the top S9 and S11 variants for now. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a single penny on this upgrade.
While the lack of Android Auto & Apple CarPlay on other variants might be a letdown, they may get introduced in the future. For reference, the starting price of the Mahindra Scorpio S9 variant is Rs 14.59 lakh, while the higher-spec S11 trim costs Rs 15.75 lakh. The other variants in the Scorpio’s current line-up include the base-spec S5 and the mid-spec S7 trims. These retail for Rs 11.97 lakh and 14.06 lakh, respectively – all are ex-showroom prices. Compared to the S7 trim’s dinky 2-DIN audio setup, the nicer S9 and S11 variants come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment head unit. The system not only supports the aforementioned Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, but it also provides AUX-in, Bluetooth, and USB playback. In fact, Mahindra has equipped the Scorpio quite well. It comes with almost every bell and whistle the company has in stock.
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Some of the most common features shared between all variants of the Mahindra Scorpio include dual front airbags, Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS), a collapsible steering column, speed-sensing auto door lock, and a speed alert system. Higher variants of the Scorpio (S7 and above) come with a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, puddle lamps, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, gear-shift indicator, rear parking camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The exterior styling of the Mahindra Scorpio hasn’t changed much since the new avatar was introduced back in 2016. Its brutish, boxy design is still loved by many and is something that stands out in an era of soft, curvy crossovers. In terms of its dimensions, the Scorpio measures 4,456mm in length, 1,820mm in width, 1,995mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,680mm.
The interior styling of the Scorpio has also not been altered in any significant way since 2016. At a time when manufacturers are gravitating towards smooth, well-contoured and upscale-looking designs, the Scorpio adamantly clings on to its old-school ways. This approach can be seen in the upright layout of the Scorpio’s dashboard, center console, windows and door pads. At the same time, the steering wheel is huge and the gear lever sticks out way too much to be considered ergonomic or modern. Combine all this with this interior’s relatively lack of quality, overall fit-and-finish and finesse, there is plenty of room for improvement. On the flipside, there is acres of headroom and natural light flooding this cabin, so you won’t be feeling claustrophobic anytime soon. Also, given how high up you are perched in the Scorpio, you can easily lord over other motorists.
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Powering the Mahindra Scorpio is the brand’s 2.2-litre four-cylinder mHawk diesel engine, which is now BS6 compliant. Its variable turbocharger means that you not only get better throttle response over more of the rev range, but also 138hp and 319Nm of torque under your right foot. However, compared to some of its competition, this engine’s peak torque is not available much beyond 2,800 rpm. The only choice of gearbox here is a traditional 6-speed manual tranny, though the powertrain does come with Mahindra’s “Micro Hybrid Technology” to help improve fuel consumption. Regardless, the Mahindra Scorpio has been around for a long time, and it will likely be around for many years to come.