This particular Mahindra Scorpio is a 2011 model, and has been successfully upgraded to look like the 2020 model
Customers looking to upgrade their car to the latest model usually go for exchange schemes. However, in an innovative new approach, a Mahindra Scorpio owner has chosen the customization option to upgrade his SUV to the latest model. The 2011 year model has been completely transformed inside out to look almost the same as the latest 2020 Scorpio. Below is the video posted by car modifier ‘Hybrid Customs’ that details all the customizations carried out on the ten year old Scorpio.
The model used in this project originally came with black exterior colour and beige and black interior colour theme. The SUV appears to be in good condition, which is not surprising as Scorpio is widely known for its rugged, long-lasting character. According to the modifier, all spare parts used in this project are genuine Mahindra parts. This has ensured that the customized SUV not only matches the looks of the latest model, but also delivers in terms of quality and reliability.
Almost all parts at the front have been upgraded including the grille, bumper, headlamps, fog lamps, bonnet, fenders, and bonnet scoop. The front grille has chrome ‘Scorpio’ badging, which stands out against the black background. The entire SUV is wrapped in DuPont 2k high gloss black paint, which gives it a menacing character. The paint job looks top quality and matches that of current-gen Scorpio.
On the sides, the SUV gets 22-inch alloy wheels with low profile tyres and integrated LED wheel lights, silver-finished fender bezel, sporty ski racks, blacked-out side cladding, and silver ‘Scorpio’ embossing. At the rear, upgrades include new tail lamps, bumper, roof mounted rear spoiler, and tailgate.
On the inside, the colour theme has been changed to a more premium looking black and tan. Other upgrades include bucket front seats taken from Honda CRV and Nappa leather roof and upholstery with diamond quilted pattern. The stock front seats have been removed and shifted to the second row. Space has been provided between the second row seats, so that passengers can access the third row without having to slide the second row seats.
Cost of upgrade
It took almost a month to complete this transformation from 2011 to 2020 Scorpio. The project seems cost effective since it cost just Rs 2 lakh to the owner. This is quite less in comparison to the overall cost of selling the old SUV and buying the latest model. Available in S5, S7, S9 and S11 variants, new BS6 Scorpio is priced in the range of Rs 12.40 lakh to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
This customization project is visually appealing, but it does not get any improvements in terms of performance and driving dynamics. The owner won’t be able to experience Scorpio’s new BS6 engine, upgraded chassis and suspension, new safety features and several other upgrades that are available with the new model. However, considering the price and innovativeness of this project, it is still worthy of being replicated by other old Scorpio owners.