The 2020 Mahindra Scorpio BS6 does not carry any major improvement over its BS4 counterpart
Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, Mahindra has updated its popular Scorpio SUV to BS6 specifications. The 2020MY Mahindra Scorpio BS6 comes at a starting price of Rs 12.40 lakh for the base S5 model. For the BS6 era, it is available only in four variants: S5, S7, S9 and S11.
The previous entry-level S3 variant has been discontinued. The top variant costs Rs 16 lakh while the mid-level S7 and S9 variants are priced at Rs 14.21 lakh and Rs 14.84 lakh, respectively. Compared to its BS4 model, prices of the updated Scorpio have gone up by an average of Rs 60,000. The figures mentioned here are ex-showroom.
Besides discontinuing its S3 variant, the company has also ditched the 2.5-litre m2DICR diesel motor as well as the lower 120bhp tune of its 2.2-litre mHawk diesel mill. Previously, the top-spec Mahindra Scorpio was available with 4WD but the new range consists only RWD variants. In terms of design, the ladder-frame SUV remains unchanged.
The list of equipment is also the same as the BS4 version. In the top S11 trim, it packs dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors and camera, cruise control, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, etc. It is fair to say that the Mahindra Scorpio is quite outdated compared to its rivals as well as other modern-day products from the Indian automaker. However, Mahindra is reportedly working on a next-gen Scorpio which was spotted on multiple occasions in test mule avatars.
The 2020 Mahindra Scorpio comes powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel four-cylinder unit. As mentioned before, the power plant remains unchanged other than becoming compliant to the new emission norms. As part of this, Mahindra has installed an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system and a dedicated urea tank. Urea, or AdBlue systems, in modern diesel vehicles help reduce NOx emissions.
Output figures are roughly the same at 140bhp and 320Nm of torque. This is sent to the rear axle via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Mahindra does not offer an automatic transmission for the Scorpio.
India’s automotive industry is going through tough times like never before due to COVID-19 outbreak. Major OEMs have started focusing on online sales platforms to make the best out of the worst. Mahindra has also started accepting online bookings for select models. After the Indian government relaxes its lockdown protocols, the entire car-buying scenario could be different — know more details.