Next Generation Mahindra Scorpio Priced at Rs.7.98 Lakh (Coverage: Pg 28)


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New Scorpio to be based on a heavily modified version of the current SUV's platform and will have a lengthened wheelbase.

Mahindra & Mahindra has begun working on an all-new Scorpio, codenamed W105. The current Scorpio, now almost 10 years old, is widely credited as being the SUV that created modern-day Mahindra & Mahindra, and though the current car continues to sell well, a new model has been deemed essential for future success. Unlike the recent XUV500, the new Scorpio won’t be built around a car-like monocoque. Mahindra’s experience and success with the Bolero has shown that hardy body-on-frame SUVs work well both in the urban and rural markets, and as a result the new W105 will be based on a heavily modified version of the current Scorpio’s platform. The new Scorpio however is likely to have a lengthened wheelbase to help it tide over the current Scorpio’s one serious limitation – a lack of legroom in the second row. There will be an all-new body, an updated (probably 140bhp) version of the M-Hawk engine and the new Scorpio could also include lessons learned from the ambitious lightweight Scorpio project, known as T026; which could give it an edge as far as fuel economy is concerned.

Work on the W105 is primarily being carried out at Mahindra’s new research facility in Chennai, known as Mahindra Research Valley (MRV). The company is expecting an accelerated development programme thanks to all the new high-tech labs and facilities present. Despite the success of the XUV500, the all-new Scorpio is likely to be the mainstay for Mahindra in the second half of this decade, and as a result this project is being given special priority.
In addition to the all-new Scorpio, Mahindra is also working really hard to get the new pick-up version perfectly set up for export markets, which the company believes will be crucial in coming years.
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Source :- Mahindra starts work on all-new Scorpio - News - Autocar India
 

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Re: Mahindra Starts Working on Next Generation Scorpio

Great news. I am glad to know that it may have the mHawk 140 engine.

Scorpio has been an important brand for Mahindra and I am sure they will not want to mess with it's image.
 
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M&M will sure do the best for new Scorpio.
 
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Hope Mahindra does better than what Tata did with the Storme.
 

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Good News. It’s too early to comment on the new model. Hope Mahindra plays safe without showing much ‘over excitement’ as it did with the design of XUV500.

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Seems M & M is taking Storme seriously. This has further increased my curiosity about Storme. And I hope they keep the design simple & not the make-uped one like XUV.
 
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No i do not think the storme is being taken into consideration. The overdrive magazine mentioned M & M were concerned about the duster more than the storme.
 
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Whatever, but at the end of the day, the customer will benefit.
Any updates about Duster interiors though ?
 
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I got a note today from an acquaintance that M&M is planning revamped scorpio this year end - any one having any contacts with M&M can help get more info.
 
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Is it new model or just facelift with some changes in tail-lights here & there ?
 
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Its supposed to be a complete re-vamp (not a re-dress) - interiors, suspensions, space, etc., but engine may be the same. The info is limited to the shopfloor manager at the auth dealer so could be at a variance of the actual impact.
 
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Re: Mahindra Begins Development of Next Generation Scorpio Codenamed(W105)

  • At the Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai, a group of engineers are eating, sleeping and breathing “W105” these days. W105 is the codename for an all-new Scorpio – the brand that marked the transition of Mahindra and Mahindra from a tractor manufacturer to a sports utility vehicle maker exactly 10 years ago. The new model is expected to hit the showrooms in two years.

  • Pawan Goenka, the man who was firmly in the driver’s seat when Scorpio was launched in 2002, says the vehicle’s success (it is the largest selling SUV in India at a price tag of less than Rs 10 lakh) has been a pleasant surprise, but it would have been incorrect to assume that Scorpio would continue to do well on its own in the future as well.

  • “We always have to do things to it in terms of product and marketing to ensure it continues to stay on track. But whatever we do, we would ensure that the customer sees it as the next generation Scorpio and not a new car or a new SUV”, says Goenka, who is now president (automotive and farm equipment sectors) at M&M.

  • Goenka isn’t willing to share many details, except that subtle design changes would be made to make the SUV look more rugged. “Screaming to be a Scorpio is the brief we have to give to the design department,” he adds. The buzz also is that a more powerful engine option will be provided to complement the style of the new vehicle.

  • Apart from the need to do something new in its 10th year, there is another reason for Scorpio’s latest makeover: increased competition in the space. Scorpio, which has had a free run in the entry level SUV segment so far and is still selling 4,000 units a month, knows that several other companies like Maruti Suzuki, Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Nissan are developing products that would compete against the Scorpio in the next few years. Maruti showcased a concept SUV at the Auto Expo which it intends to launch commercially.

  • The story of Scorpio is now a case study at Harvard Business School, where M&M Vice Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra did his MBA in 1981.

  • There are reasons why Harvard chose Scorpio, which has sold more than 400,000 units in a decade. It was in fact a make-or-break venture for M&M, which was then a tractor manufacturing company with no prior expertise in developing sports utility vehicles (SUVs). But Mahindra wanted to develop an SUV from scratch in India – then considered to be an audacious plan. In 1997, he turned to Pawan Goenka who was working for General Motors as General Manager for Research and Development. Goenka, a specialist in engine technologies, bought into Mahindra’s dream along with Alan Durante, former M&M executive director and president of the automotive sector. Scorpio was developed at a total project cost of Rs 600 crore – at a tenth of the cost that a large manufacturer would have incurred.

  • Though M& M now promotes the Scorpio as an SUV, it was initially positioned as a car, as the company wasn’t convinced that the Indian market was ready for an SUV. “SUVs were seen as utility vehicles, unless you were buying a (Mitsubishi) Pajero, which just about five people bought in a month then. Therefore, we had to project the Scorpio as a big car which could give you a lot more than a car”, adds Goenka.

  • It was a good learning experience as M&M tried the same marketing gimmick during the launch of the Xylo, a multi-seater utility vehicle launched three years ago and positioned above the Scorpio. The MUV was promoted as a ‘sedan-killer.’

  • Though the latest makeover will be much bigger in comparison, Scorpio has had a series of variants ranging from a stripped down budget variant to a six-speed fully automatic and loaded variant. Its keenness to straddle the entire spectrum in the SUV space was understandable as penetration of SUVs in India is far lower compared to some of the other markets. According to Goenka, SUVs in India has a share of just 15-16 per cent against 30 per cent in the US market.

  • Yet utility vehicle sales in India grew 16 per cent last year at 367,000 units as against 315,000 units recorded in the previous year. The growth is impressive considering that the car segment grew by only two per cent to 2.01 million units. M&M commanded a share of 55 per cent of the UV segment.

Source: Hindu.
 
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Wonderful find mukeshji enjoyed studying the whole article. Mahindra's core engineering team led by Mr.Goenka need's to be applauded for their boldness, hope Scorpio get's a fitting makeover.
 
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Wonderful find mukeshji enjoyed studying the whole article. Mahindra's core engineering team led by Mr.Goenka need's to be applauded for their boldness, hope Scorpio get's a fitting makeover.
Hi Visran, No Mukeshji.[surprise]

You can call me Mukesh.[:)], I am still 23.

Probably i will replace my Hawk with this one for sure by 2014.
 
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Goenka isn’t willing to share many details, except that subtle design changes would be made to make the SUV look more rugged. “Screaming to be a Scorpio is the brief we have to give to the design department,” he adds. The buzz also is that a more powerful engine option will be provided to complement the style of the new vehicle.
More rugged ? It will sell very well in bahubali (muscle-men) dominated areas then. More power engine should also come with better braking. And please more legroom for all 3 rows. Can we have a SUV which can be more sophisticated please ?? Not all are Chulbul Pandeys or Rowdy Rathores !! [lol]


Scorpio was developed at a total project cost of Rs 600 crore – at a tenth of the cost that a large manufacturer would have incurred.
This is really good.


Though the latest makeover will be much bigger in comparison, Scorpio has had a series of variants ranging from a stripped down budget variant to a six-speed fully automatic and loaded variant. Its keenness to straddle the entire spectrum in the SUV space was understandable as penetration of SUVs in India is far lower compared to some of the other markets. According to Goenka, SUVs in India has a share of just 15-16 per cent against 30 per cent in the US market.
SUVs will never dominate Indian markets like US coz we don't have many soccer moms out here. [;)]

Probably i will replace my Hawk with this one for sure by 2014.
Oh no, you too have now got raj2004 syndrome, mhawk, mhawk, mhawk.
Now I too should start addressing my cars like CDI, CDI , CDI others can say VTVT, VTVT.....DDiS, DDiS, iVtec, ivtec, d4d, d4d etc.

And people will say, I just sold my Kappa and got multijet. [;)]

M & M should name new scorpio as Hawk, end of engine & name confusion !!
 
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