Mahindra’s Scorpio enters the BS6 era and will only be available in the higher 140bhp spec from here on. The 4x4 version bites the dust.
The Mahindra Scorpio has been one of India’s all-time bestselling SUVs right from the time of its launch. So, it was only a matter of time before it made the switch to BS6 compliance. COVID-19 lockdown or not, Mahindra has digitally revealed powertrain details of the updated Scorpio on its company website.
Up until now, the Scorpio was offered with a choice of two engines and three powertrain options. The first was the M2DICR 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine that was mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and developed 75bhp @ 3,200rpm and 200Nm @ 1,400 – 2,200rpm. This was only available in the base S3 variant, which was a budget-friendly variant designed for rural markets. The other engine option was the legendary 2.2-litre four-cylinder mHawk common rail turbodiesel mill, which offered rather lively performance with its variable geometry turbocharger. This engine in BS4 guise was offered in two versions – 120bhp and 140bhp. The 120bhp version with a five-speed manual gearbox was offered in the lower S5 and S7 variants, while the more powerful 140bhp engine was available in the S7, S9, and S11 variants, with a six-speed manual gearbox. This version was also offered in the four-wheel-drive model with a low ratio transfer case.
It’s the last powertrain combination that has made the cut to the BS6 era, as Mahindra has axed the M2DICR and 120bhp mHawk options. In BS6 specification, the 2.2 litre 140bhp mHawk engine continues to develop an identical 140bhp @ 3,750rpm and 320Nm @ 1,500 – 2,800rpm. The BS6 Mahindra Scorpio will be available in the S5, S7, S9 and S11 variants when it's launched. Unfortunately, the jump to BS6 has resulted in Mahindra dropping the rather capable 4x4 version of the Scorpio, which will be dearly missed by 4x4 enthusiasts, as it was the only proper four-wheel-drive SUV in its segment.
But it is perhaps too early to say that the Scorpio 4x4 is dead altogether, as we do hope that Mahindra will undertake its BS6 conversion at a slower pace, given its lower sales volume.
Stay tuned to autoX for the launch and prices of the new Mahindra Scorpio BS6.
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