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Mahindra has been testing the updated SUV for quite some time on the Indian roads. The Scorpio facelift features only subtle changes to the exterior design.
The front fascia of the Scorpio facelift features a new seven-slat grille, the bumper has been tweaked and sports a wider air dam with slats. The turn indicators are expected to be moved to the ORVMs to give the SUV a modern look. Apart from that, the overall design is identical to the current-gen model.
The side profile of the Scorpio facelift is likely to remain unchanged except for the minor tweaks to the plastic body cladding. The refreshed SUV is expected to be equipped with newly designed alloy wheels.
The rear of the updated Scorpio will sport a new flatter door design with less amount of creases. The tail lamp cluster will be tweaked with a new design; the refreshed SUV will also miss out on the clear lens design of the currently sold model.
The prominent highlight of the Scorpio facelift is the engine update. The updated SUV will draw power from a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which is expected to produce 138bhp as opposed to the 120bhp of the current-gen model.
The transmission options on the Scorpio facelift will include a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox carried over from the current model. But the automatic gearbox will be a new unit manufactured by Japanese firm Aisin Seiki. The new transmission will be refined and more responsive than the outgoing model.
The facelifted Scorpio will also miss out on the mild-hybrid technology due to the high rate of tax levied on hybrid vehicles after the implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) in India. Mahindra had introduced the mild-hybrid technology known as Intelli-Hybrid on the Scorpio in 2016.
The updated version of the Scorpio SUV does not feature any major changes as far as design is concerned. The only highlight of the new Scorpio is the bump in the power output. Apart from the Scorpio facelift, Mahindra is also readying a slew of new products for the Indian market which includes the extended version of the TUV 300, an MPV and the new-gen XUV500.
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