Order books for the updated BS6 versions of the Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio SUVs are opened
Customers can reserve a vehicle for INR 5,000 in addition to selecting the accessories. The price announcement and deliveries are expected to commence a few days after the lockdown ends. Bookings can be made at the company’s https://www.mahindrasyouv.com/ website. BS6 XUV500 is offered in 4 variants – W5, W7, W9 and W11 (O). BS6 Scorpio variants on offer are S5, S7, S9 and S11. Only manual transmission is on offer, with same diesel engine that powers the current XUV500 and Scorpio.
The opening of bookings indicate that the Indian UV specialist has more or less depleted or confident of depleting its BS4 stock in time. The initial deadline of April 1, 2020 is set to be extended to compensate for the disruption in business due to the COVID-19 emergency. The government is expected to give the OEMs an extension of few days to clear out the old stock.
Both XUV500 and Scorpio are inching closer to the end of their life cycles. The BS6 update comes as a buffer before the next generation models get ready to take over the baton. The next generation models of both the SUVs were originally expected to be ready in 2021. It remains to be seen if the ongoing crisis will have any impact on the timelines.
Coming back to the BS6 versions of Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio, there are no noticeable cosmetic changes. Both vehicles continue to employ the 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine. On board the Scorpio, the engine develops 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque while the XUV500 receives a version which is good enough for 153 hp and 360 Nm of torque. The BS6 upgrades didn’t change the performance figures. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on both the models while the XUV500 can also be specified with a 6-speed automatic unit.
The prices are expected to witness considerable inflation but given the market conditions, we expect Mahindra to absorb the portion of the hike to encourage sales. The updated Scorpio will have the Hyundai Creta and Seltos in its sights while the XUV500 will be rivaling the MG Hector and Tata Harrier.
The prototypes of next generation Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio have been are currently in advanced stages of validation. The new XUV500 is based on a new architecture which will employ a new 2.0-liter diesel engine considerably more power than the current 2.2-liter unit. The same engine is reported to serve the new Scorpio as well.
As per the partnership with Ford, the next gen XUV500’s platform will also spawn an crossover carrying the blue oval badge. However, the Ford version is expected to feature a completely different top hat and interior.