A More Affordable Mahindra Scorpio Variant Is In The Works

This could be the final update to the Scorpio lineup before it gets a generational update


  • The new base-spec variant S3+ will be offered in 7, 8, and 9-seater configurations.

  • Will miss out on features like central locking, bottle cup holder, one-touch lane indicator, and more.

  • The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine will be retained, but detuned to produce 120PS and 280Nm.

  • Likely to be priced at less than Rs 12 lakh.

Mahindra may be working on introducing the next-gen Scorpio later this year, but the current lineup is set for one more rejig. The carmaker will soon debut the S3+, a new base-spec variant. 


Currently, the Scorpio is offered in four trims: S5, S7, S9, and S11. The new base spec will lose out on some features like auto door-lock, bottle and cup holder, central locking, side and rear foot steps, central lamp, rear demister, and one-touch lane indicator. That said, it will retain dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, tilt steering, rear parking sensors, manual ORVMs, steel rims, power windows, power steering, front-charging port, and LED tail lamps. The S3+ will be offered in 7, 8, and 9-seater configurations, with the last two layouts getting side-facing seats. 


There will also be a lower state of tune for the S3+. The 2.2-litre Mhawk diesel engine will produce 120PS of power and 280Nm of torque, which is 20PS and 40Nm less compared to the other variants. It seems like the S3+ marks a comeback of the 120PS engine that was on offer in the erstwhile S7 variant before it was discontinued in April 2020 when the Scorpio received a BS6 update.

The current Mahindra Scorpio lineup retails from Rs 12.68 lakh to Rs 16.53 lakh (ex-showroom). But with the introduction of the S3+, expect starting prices to fall below Rs 12 lakh. While it doesn’t have any direct rivals in India, its rivals include the Hyundai CretaTata HarrierMG Hector, and Kia Seltos.


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