In Hindi language the word ‘Tadka’ means tempering of
mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin seeds, red chilli powder and other ingredients
in cooking oil. The tadka is usually added to an Indian dish like dal or kadi
to make it taste amazingly yummy. You simply drool even while eating! That’s
what the Mahindra new generation Scorpio is all about in the Indian passenger
vehicle segment. Ever since it was launched in 2002, the vehicle has caught the
imagination of the Indian driver, young and old. It is a favourite among Indian
politicians too and Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister could never have
reached so far in his political journey had it not been for his trusted Scorpio
vehicles that took him safely to places across the landscape of India.
Now the Scorpio comes in an entirely new outfit.
Exterior-wise it has undergone some aesthetic changes in front and rear, which
is quite evident in its clear head lamps, front grille and rear lamps etc. But
what has changed the most is the technology that had been driving this muscular
SUV for so long. First and foremost, the new generation Scorpio comes in seven
different variants. These are the S2, S4, S4+, S6, S6+, S8 and S10. While the
S2 is powered by a 2523cc M2diCR diesel engine, the rest are powered by the
amazingly powerful and fuel efficient 2179cc mHawk engine which delivers 120bhp
and a peak torque of 280Nm.
We got the top end S10 for a drive and by jove, it made
me weak in the knees when I first saw it. As the molten red coloured Scorpio
was driven into the locality where I lived, I noticed every driver sitting
under the tree, keeping an eye on their masters’ Audis, BMWs and
Mercedes-Benz’s, come running to take a look at the car. Now that is why I say,
this one’s a desi tadka. Only a proud Indian will understand the beauty of a
Scorpio. Incidentally, the molten red and regal blue are two new colours added
to the options available for customers.
Though I had a S10 version, it was not the with a shift
on fly four wheel drive. Mine was a 2-wheel drive. But I was in no mood to
complain, the vehicle’s dynamic personality just told me to enjoy the drive.
The S10 version comes with all the beautiful features that a Scorpio can hold.
In fact, it simply builds up on the features as it reaches the S10 level. The
S2 model powered by the M2diCR engine has LED tail lamps, micro hybrid feature,
digital immobiliser, hydraulic assisted bonnet and power steering. The S4
variant has all the features of an S2 and comes with a MHawk engine and has a
shift on fly four wheel drive (optional). The S6 comes with add ons like 2 DIN
audio system, ski rack, voice assist system, panic brake indication, speakers
with tweeters, spoiler, rear wash and wipe, rear demister and body coloured
exteriors. The S8 additionally has projector headlamps, dual airbags, ABS,
alloy wheels, fog lamps and reverse parking assist. The fully loaded S10 has
advanced static bending technology, LED eyebrows, advanced 6” touch screen
infotainment with GPS navigation, fully automatic temperature control, rain and
light sensors, steering mounted audio and cruise controls, etc.
The new Scorpio is the fourth generation model. In 2002
when the Scorpio was launched it gave a fuel average of 11.2kmpl of diesel but
in 2014 the figure has gone up to 15.37kmpl. This could not have happened
without the tweaking of the engine and everything that is connected to it.
To top it, this SUV comes in a new 17 inches alloy
wheels, silver-finished fender bezel, new wrap around bonnet, new bonnet scoop
with low drag intake design, new road armour bumpers, new fog lamps and side
cladding with silver embossing. There is also the tyre-tronics, a sophisticated
measuring system that enhances the safety by providing live updates of exact
air pressure and temperature in each tyre.
After having driven the old Scorpio for a long time and
enjoying it thoroughly, this one comes as a breath of fresh air. There is a
huge improvement on the driveability front. The moment you tweak your engine
into life, the power steering eases your efforts in driving and thereafter the
engine simply does its job smartly. The new 5MT320 gearbox shifts into the
different gears with great ease. The
turning radius of the vehicle too has come down to 5.4 metres. That makes this
big fella easy to manoeuvre even in narrow lanes.
While the driving has definitely improved as compared
to its predecessor, the ride and handling too has remarkably become top notch.
The new Scorpio comes with an all new platform including cushion suspension and
anti-roll technologies. The cushioning makes your journey on rugged roads
As for pick up and speed, yes there is hardly any turbo lag and whatever little is
there gets cleared out as one sees the rpm meter go beyond the 1500 range. It
then becomes quite linear and responsive. The door window controls are
thankfully on the door handles which is a great relief as it was earlier at the
centre near to the gear knob. I was not too happy with the hand rests for the
driver seat, it was not comfortably placed. Nor were some of the seat
adjustment levers by the side of the seat...they were almost inaccessible when
the door was closed...my hand could hardly slide in the gap to reach them! The
inside door handles too are a bit tacky and uncomfortable to hold and pull. Any
changes to this model would only require the insides to be slightly
Except for a few of these drawbacks, I think the new
Scorpio is an outright winner on the Indian roads. Without this tadka, life
loses its zing!
MAHINDRA NEW GENERATION
2179cc 4 cylinder mHawk diesel engine, variable geometry
turbocharger with intercooler, 4 valves per cylinder, common rail direction
Brakes Front/ Rear
Tyres: Front/ Rear
Double wishbone type, independent front coil spring/ multi link coil
spring suspension with anti-roll bar
Caliper type, ventilated disc/ Drum type
P235/65 R17, Radial Tubeless
Rs 11.95 lakh (ex showroom Delhi)
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