Mahindra has quite a few new models being readied for launch in India this year. One amongst the most anticipated is the upcoming, next-generation Scorpio. The Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the top-selling SUVs in the country, with fans all across the spectrum. Expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2022, the new Scorpio will host a swathe of improvements over its aging predecessor. Up until recently, it was assumed that Mahindra might only introduce the new iteration in two-wheel-drive guise – something that left many fans of the nameplate a little disappointed.
However, it has now been revealed that the new Scorpio will indeed come with a four-wheel-drive version. Of course, as before, the base variants will only be offered with a rear-wheel-drive as standard. Under the hood, the upcoming avatar of the Scorpio might possibly come with two engine options. While there is concrete word from Mahindra about the actual specs of the powerplants, there will be a turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel unit. One of the engines is likely to be the same found in the new Thar – the 2.2-liter four-cylinder oil burner with 130hp and 300Nm of torque.
The new Scorpio’s petrol motor will also likely be borrowed from the new Thar. It is a four-popper that develops 150hp and a maximum torque of 320Nm. However, do keep in mind that these figures are accurate when it comes to the Thar. As far as the upcoming Scorpio is concerned, Mahindra might make a few modifications to these powerplants. Obviously, the new model is BS6-certified – an omission that is no longer acceptable. In terms of its transmission, the new Mahindra Scorpio will likely be available with two – a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
Aside from the new BS6-compliant engines and a new design, the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio will also get a revised list of features. At the higher end, the new Scorpio will come with automatic LED headlamps, an electric sunroof, keyless entry & go, cruise control, a larger & updated touchscreen infotainment head unit with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, parking sensors with a reversing camera, ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, Hill Assist Control, and ISOFIX anchor points. In all, the new Scorpio should incorporate improved NVH levels, better ride quality, and better overall build quality than its predecessor.