Next-Gen Mahindra Thar and Scorpio could be unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo before going on sale in the same year
Mahindra & Mahindra has been refreshing its domestic portfolio while introducing new vehicles since late last year. The arrival of all-new Marazzo MPV and XUV300 has proved to be a success story for the largest passenger UV maker in the country as both the vehicles are enduring good sales. Within three months of its launch, the XUV300 rose to second place in monthly sales and was the third most sold SUV in April 2019.
The Marazzo, on the other hand, is priced diligently between Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta and it has been well received among customers as well. Offered in seven- and eight-seat configurations, the MPV’s styling is conceptualised and designed by Mahindra North American Design Center in Michigan, United States.
The second product to do down the same route will be the next generation Scorpio while the development activities will be handled at Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai. The Scorpio is a long-running workhorse for the company alongside Bolero and the first set of pictures of the next-gen version’s test mule has already appeared on the internet.
It is worth noting that the upcoming Scorpio has taken an evolutionary approach to design. Furthermore, it will be powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre diesel engine. The lighter powertrain will replace the 2.2-litre mHawk unit kicking out 160 horsepower and is tipped to produce more than 320 Nm of peak torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The 2020 Mahindra Scorpio is based on an updated platform and it has been codenamed Z101. We expect it to make domestic premiere at the 2020 Auto Expo accompanying the second generation Thar off-roader. Just as the Scorpio, the forthcoming Thar will have a mature styling compared to the outgoing model that has been in the business for nearly ten years.
The 2.5-litre diesel engine will be opted out for a brand new 2.0-litre BSVI unit pumping out 140 horsepower and more than 300 Nm torque. The engine will be slightly uprated offering close to 180 horsepower in the next generation XUV500.
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