As promised before unveiling the Scorpio-N, Mahindra has brought back the previous-generation Scorpio by rebranding it as Scorpio Classic. The new Mahindra Scorpio Classic gets a few tweaks for the exterior and interior and an upgraded mechanical setup under the skin. Mahindra has announced that the new Scorpio Classic will be available in two variants – S and S11, both of which will come with a diesel-manual powertrain as standard.
On the outside, the Mahindra Scorpio Classic gets the same boxy silhouette and upright stance as its predecessor. However, there are some tweaks which do justice to the update. At the front, the Scorpio Classic gets a slightly revised grille with vertical chrome slats and Mahindra’s new twin-peaks logo in the middle.
The front bumper has also been revised with a bigger silver skid plate and new housings for the fog lamps. The side profile of the new Mahindra Scorpio Classic now comes with 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and dual-tone body cladding on the door panels. At the back, the tail lamps are refreshed with the addition of a new tower setup for the LED tail lamps on the D-pillars.
The cabin is the same
The interior layout of the new Mahindra Scorpio Classic is the same as before, though there’s a new dual-tone black and beige upholstery. The centre console looks fresher than before with the addition of the new Android-based 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and redesigned lower part with new USB charging and mobile slots. The power window switches have moved to their conventional position on the door panels. While the steering wheel is now leather-wrapped, the seats continue to have a fabric layout, which now gets a new quilted design for the thigh supports.
There are three different seating configurations in which the new Mahindra Scorpio Classic has been launched. First is the seven-seater configuration with captain seats in the middle row and a flat bench in the third row. Then there’s another seven-seater configuration with a flat bench in the middle row and two forward-facing jump seats in the last row. Lastly, there is a nine-seater configuration, with a flat bench in the middle row and longer forward-facing jump seats in the last row, which are capable of accommodating two people each.
The new Mahindra Scorpio Classic gets a new aluminium-made 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is there in the base-spec Z2 variant of the diesel-manual Scorpio-N. Available with a 6-speed manual gearbox, which now gets drive-by-wire technology, this engine produces 132 bhp of maximum power and 300 Nm of maximum torque. Thanks to its aluminium construction, the engine is almost 55 kg lighter than the previous engine while being more fuel efficient than it by almost 14 per cent. Mahindra has also updated the suspension of the Scorpio Classic, due to which it claims much lesser body roll and improved high-speed handling and stability of the SUV.