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The Sun Won’t Set On The Existing Mahindra Scorpio


Rather, Mahindra will rechristen it as the Scorpio Classic, probably give it a minor facelift, and keep it on sale alongside the new Scorpio-N

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  • Existing Scorpio will be retained after Scorpio-N launch.
  • It currently has good demand with around three months of waiting period.
  • It could get a minor facelift and be limited to lower-spec trims.
  • Currently offered with a 2.2-litre diesel engine in two tunes: 120PS and 138PS.
  • After Scorpio-N launch, Mahindra could limit the Classic with its 120PS engine.
  • Prices could go down.

Mahindra is focussing on its next major launch, the Scorpio-N, whose exterior design was revealed on May 20. Pretty sure the waiting period for Mahindra’s upcoming offering is likely to be more than a Ferrari or Bentley. But if you intend to get a Scorpio sooner than later, there will be an option: the existing Scorpio will remain on sale after the Scorpio-N’s launch. 

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The existing Scorpio will be called the “Scorpio Classic” once the newer SUV goes on sale on June 27. And to keep things fresh, the carmaker could give the Scorpio Classic a minor facelift since it’s quite an old model. Also, Mahindra could chop off the higher-spec trims so that it doesn’t interfere with the Scorpio-N; a similar move Honda did with the fourth-gen City when the fifth-gen model went on sale. 

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Mahindra retaining the existing Scorpio is a sensible move as it still has good demand. A quick look at our waiting list data shows that the new Scorpio commands a waiting period of up to 3 months in most major cities. Plus, buyers will have another choice from Mahindra’s stable itself if they are not ready to join the inevitable waiting line. 

City

Scorpio Waiting Period

Chennai

Up to 3.5 months

Bengaluru

Up to 4 months 

Mumbai

Up to 3.5 months 

Delhi

Up to 3 months

Pune

Up to 4 months

Kolkata

Up to 3 months

Hyderabad

Up to 3 months

The Scorpio gets a 2.2-litre diesel engine offered in two states of tune: 120PS/280Nm and 138PS/319Nm. The lower-spec motor is paired with a 5-speed manual, while the more powerful engine comes with a 6-speed manual. We suspect once the new Scorpio goes on sale, Mahindra could limit the Classic to the lower-spec mill. 

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Currently, the existing Scorpio is priced between Rs 13.54 lakh and Rs 18.62 lakh (ex-showroom) and it could go down once the Scorpio-N is launched. Meanwhile, the Scorpio-N is likely to have a starting price of Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom), putting it in contention with the Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun, MG Astor, and Kia Seltos

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