Just days ago, Dr Pawan Goenka, Head-Automotive at Mahindra & Mahindra, announced that all new cars and SUVs from the M&M stable would arrive only from 2016. Until then, the Indian car and utility vehicle maker will make do with facelifts and refreshes of the existing vehicle line up.
What this announcement also meant was that SUVs such as the next generation Scorpio (W105) and the S101 would arrive only after 2015. The time frame between now and 2016 does give Mahindra a wide window for facelifts and refreshes of its existing vehicle line up. One such facelift could be that of the Scorpio SUV.
A facelifted Scorpio, with camouflaged front and rear ends, has been spotted by Team-BHPian SMK. A revised front bonnet, refreshed rear end and new alloy wheels could be the various changes on the facelifted Scorpio, which could be the last major makeover for the SUV before the next-gen W105 model arrives.
On the inside, refreshed interiors with a new look for the dashboard and additional features could be the other changes. The facelifted SUV is expected to motor on with three engine options: a 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine that outputs 120 Bhp-290 Nm, a 2.5 liter m2DiCR turbo diesel motor that outputs 75 Bhp-220 Nm and a 2.6 liter turbo diesel engine that's good for 115 Bhp-280 Nm.
The 2.5 liter and 2.6 liter diesel engines power the EX and Getaway models, while the 2.2 liter motor powers all other variants of the Scorpio. All three engines get a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while the 6 speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option. The EX variant is aimed at the cab operator segment.
The Scorpio is available in five other variants: LX, SLE, VX, VX Automatic and Getaway. The competition for the Scorpio has been growing steadily. From the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, Renault Duster and the Ford EcoSport, the SUV segment in India is getting crowded.
With the impending launch of the Nissan Terrano, competition only promises to get stiffer. With these developments, the Scorpio could come under increasing pressure in the coming months. A facelift for this indigenously developed SUV might just be what the doctor ordered, as a measure to boost both desirability and sales.