The Scorpio Saga -
Since the day the Scorpio was launched, it was a runaway success. BUT, Mahindra has never rested on it's laurels & have always strived to make the product better & better. Every year, we saw some on the other update on the Scorpio, as shown below - 2002
- The Scorpio was launched. It looked gorgeous, had one of the most powerful engines in the business and cost less than its competitors.
The Scorpio was awarded "Car of the Year" by CNBC-Autocar, Business Standard Motoring and BBC World Wheels.
It had a DI Turbo-intercooled diesel engine designed in collaboration with AVL, Austria with 109 bhp, 2600 cc. 2003
- In 2003, the Scorpio got a SZ2600 Plus DI engine. This engine used a chain to drive the camshaft rather than gears. This made the engine quieter, smoother and more economical. The interior too got a makeover with new dual-tone fire-resistant upholstery and a six-vent AC. 2004
- In 2004, came the Scorpio SLX. The Scorpio got a two-tone exterior as well as a two-tone grey and beige interior. The centre console now had a matt-wood finish. What was truly revolutionary was the Voice-Assist system that welcomed the driver as soon as the door was opened and voiced a warning if the parking brake was engaged, fuel and oil levels were low, engine temperature was abnormal, if any door was partially open or the passengers forgot to strap in. This was India's first talking car! 2005
- In March 2005, The Scorpio engine came in for its first major upgrade, gaining a common-rail direct-injection system. The Scorpio was rebadged as the Scorpio CRDe. The new engine pushed up the Scorpio's power to 115bhp. The new engine was quieter, more refined, smoother, quicker and more fuel efficient. Scorpio CRDe was the first Indian car with COMMON RAIL DIESEL engine.
- The new improved Scorpio with 43 new features was launched. Apart from the mechanical changes, the new Scorpio got a serious cosmetic makeover as well. Some of the key changes were:
5-zone Cushion Suspension
Tower tail lights
Sliding middle seat row
Sporty bonnet scoop
Illuminating rear spoiler
'Follow me home' headlamps
Theater style interior lighting
Sporty ski racks
- The Scorpio mHawk was launched in November 2007. The engine was now 2179cc but generated a pacy 120bhp. It was significantly lighter, quicker, smoother and also more frugal. The Scorpio also introduced ABS
in keeping with changing consumer needs. The high-tech engine was complemented by a basket of high-tech features like steering mounted audio controls, intelligent rain-sensing wipers, light sensors, 'Tyre-Tronics' - the tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system, 'Intellipark' - reverse park assist, an engine immobilizer and cruise control. The mHawk Engine was a runaway success. Acknowledging its popularity, M&M worked on standardising this engine across the various variants. Today the mHawk powers most of the Scorpio range. June 2007
, saw the launch of the Scorpio's global lifestyle variant, the Scorpio Getaway in India. Based on the Scorpio platform, it sports a grand deck to carry all the equipment and gear that customers' lifestyle demands. The Getaway is powered by the popular 115bhp CRDe engine and also available in 4WD to make it a go-anywhere vehicle.
- September 2008 saw yet another offering - the Scorpio Automatic
- which came as a boon to people in urban India, plagued by the miseries of traffic snarls and the constant 'clutch-brake' syndrome. In fact, Scorpio was the first in its segment to offer a fully automatic six-speed gearbox. The Scorpio Automatic came with in-built, intelligent driving modes to tackle various driving conditions with ease, giving customers the benefit of gearless, effortless driving.
- From the time the Scorpio was launched, it has always been ahead of its game. 2009 was not going to be any different the Scorpio Refresh was launched. The most telling change to the exteriors was to the front end. It sported a new grille. There was a smarter new bonnet scoop and the front bumper looked like it had been chiseled off a Greek god's biceps. It also got Bluevision bulbs designed to take the stress out of night driving. The chunky, pull-type door handles, new side cladding and the integrated footstep on the rear bumper rounded up the facelift. The most important addition was the introduction of dual airbags in the front to complement the Scorpio's ABS
. The Scorpio also got the innovative Micro-Hybrid system. The interiors too got more goodies. The Scorpio now had a swanky new 2-DIN audio system with CD, MP3, SD card and USB drive. It also got Bluetooth connectivity, plus power mirrors along with new dual-tone upholstery and a new gear lever. The twin-pod instrument system too was new. Its BS IV compliant variant adheres to the latest Indian emission standards. The Micro Hybrid technology limits the consumption of fuel, helps reduce pollution and therefore, conserve the environment.
Source - www.mahindrascorpio.com