It has been a year of facelifts for Mahindra & Mahindra and when it comes to the Scorpio SUV even a small change makes enough noise to grab a buyer’s attention. Mahindra Scorpio has been a popular SUV ever since its inception in 2002 and has done decent sales in both urban and rural markets. The SUV has evolved with time with introduction of new generation, modern technologies and powerful engine. The current third generation Mahindra Scorpio recently received its 2017 model year facelift and Mahindra has ensured that its offering almost all new modern features to attract the buyers and so the 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift have undergone subtle exterior and interior changes and receives a mechanical update too.
Exterior changes on the Mahindra Scorpio facelift feature a new 7-slot grille with chrome accent and while this change is minor it is very evident. The Jeep Compass also gets a similar 7-slot grille but the shape of both are widely different. The Scorpio gets fresh headlamp cluster, redesigned front bumper and additional bumper cladding. The SUV now also features automatic headlamp on feature which can be turned on/off by using the switch placed below the A/C controls.
2017 Mahindra Scorpio comes in four variants S3, S5, S7 and top-variant finishes at S11 that also gets the all-wheel drive system. The S7 and S11 models also get the option to upgrade to a power diesel engine. The base model S3 gets the older m2DICR diesel engine while the remaining trims get the tested 2.2L mHAWK diesel engine. Engine of the Scorpio too gets mechanical updates and is tuned in two states – 120bhp and 140 bhp. Mahindra Scorpio with 2.2L mHAWK engine with a power output of 140 hp and 32 Nm of torque gets a new 6-Speed transmission which is a welcome change. We put the S11 top-variant to test and the engine gives enough power for a fun drive. The new 6-speed gearbox is quick and responsive however requires down shifts below 2500 rpm. The SUV gets the automatic start/stop feature (micro-hybrid) that shuts the engine completely off when at standstill in traffic or at a traffic signal.
2017 Mahindra Scorpio gets no change in its dimensions and still stands tall to intimidate the other small cars in the traffic that has been the Scorpio’s selling point. The tall stance gives a proper SUV feel to the driver and at times helps in zipping through the traffic. Mahindra claims reduction in engine noise inside the cabin (lower NVH levels) but the engine still makes enough noise for you to notice when the music system is off. The suspension of the Mahidra Scorpio is not tweaked and remains on the still side, while it takes on the potholes with easy it still gives a jerk to rear seat passengers while going over speed-breakers.
On the inside, the new Mahindra Scorpio gets faux leather seats, faux leather wrapped steering and gear lever, new roof mounted sunglass holder and enhanced storage spaces. It also features a reverse parking camera with dynamic assist, new one-touch lane change indicator and new auto window roll-up. Interiors are neatly designed but the top of the dash is just long enough to place a phone. However, there is a lot of utility storage spaces. The SUV continues to get 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports bluetooth and gets in-built navigation. The maps are provided by MapMyIndia and offers GPS voice guidance in ten regional languages. We expected the facelift to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but it is still missing. The infotainment system is responsive but located a bit below on the dashboard and is not in the direct line of vision to the driver. The screen too is a bit small for the large cabin.
Safety features on the new Scorpio includes dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), collapsible steering column & side intrusion beams, panic brake indication, engine immobiliser, panic brake indicator, anti-theft warning, speed alert, among others.
2017 Mahindra Scorpio top-variant S11’s is priced at Rs 16.01 lakh (Ex-Delhi) that is a lakh cheaper than the mid-variant of Jeep Compass Longitude 2.0D that’s priced at Rs 17.03 lakh (Ex-Delhi). Being the latest offering, Jeep Compass scores big on design and interiors whereas Mahindra Scorpio offers more seating space, spacious rear seats and features all-wheel-drive with a powerful engine. We expect the new 2017 Mahindra Scorpio to increase the sales in Tier-2, Tier-3 and rural areas due to Mahindra’s trust factor whereas the metro city and urban area buyer might consider the Jeep Compass over the Mahindra Scorpio.