The legend lives on, but with a few differences
The Mahindra Scorpio N is the new face of the legendary SUV that has chugged along in India for 20 years. But the carmaker is keeping its predecessor alive and it's now here. It gets a new identity as the Scorpio Classic, but as we knew already, Mahindra has also tinkered around a bit to keep the SUV fresh.
The ‘Classic’ bit is obvious thanks to the rugged SUV stance we’re familiar with, but that’s where the similarities end. The most obvious new bit is Mahindra’s ‘Twin Peaks’ logo, to be up to date with modern Mahindras. The front grille’s now more in line with the Scorpio N’s, with the projector headlights and bumpers getting a slight refresh. There are also LED DRLs now around the new fog lamp housing.
The changes aren’t noticeable easily from the sides, but a close look reveals dual-tone 17-inch wheels and revised side mouldings. At the rear, there are new reflectors above the tail lamps. While the Pearl White, Napoli Black, Red Rage, and D’Sat Silver are retained, there’s a new Galaxy Grey paint option.
Step inside and the familiar theme continues but the upholstery now gets a beige-black finish, the steering wheel has gloss black inserts and of course, gets the new logo. There’s a bigger, 9.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system and phone mirroring as well as the addition of the engine start-stop feature. Features such as steering mounted audio controls, height-adjustment for the driver’s seat, automatic climate control as well as electronically adjustable ORVMs continue to feature. Mahindra has also simplified things on the variants front, as only the S and S11 are on offer now.
The Thar’s (and base-spec Scorpio N’s) 130PS, 2.2-litre diesel engine powers the Scorpio Classic, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately, the Classic isn’t getting an automatic or four-wheel drive option.
Now, with Mahindra having two Scorpios in its lineup, will the Classic be able to find takers? Considering that the standard SUV still sells well, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Speaking of which, the Classic will go on sale on August 20. Of course, it will slot in below the Scorpio N as a lower-priced and more rugged body-on-frame SUV.