Mahindra has launched the new base S3+ variant of Scorpio. It sits below the S5 trim in automaker’s stable.
Mahindra & Mahindra has launched the new S3+ variant of Scorpio in the Indian market at Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new base variant of the SUV is Rs 63,000 cheaper than the S5 trim, which sits above the S3+ and was offered as the base variant till now. Nevertheless, this simply means that the new base variant will be offered with some lesser features. The front and rear bumpers along with side cladding are unpainted, and there is no footstep on offer. It also gets unpainted side mirrors, and door handles like the S5 variant. It features LED taillight, follow-me-home headlamps and bonnet scoop.
The cabin of the new Mahindra Scorpio S3+ variant employs vinyl upholstery, power windows and tilt steering adjustment. Inside, there is no bigger bottle and cup holder, and the carmaker has also taken out the auto door lock function. It is available in 7- and 9-seat configurations. Mechanically, it derives power from a detuned version of the 2.2-litre mHawk 4-cylinder diesel engine, which puts out 140bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 1,800-2,800rpm. This is 20bhp and 39 Nm less than the output produced by the same power plant in S5, S7, S9 and S11 trims. Moreover, the S3+ variant comes paired with a 5-speed MT, rather than the 6-speed gearbox. But it comes with micro-hybrid technology. In terms of safety features, the new Mahindra Scorpio S3 gets dual airbags, speed alert system, ABS, panic brake indication and seat belt reminder.
Mahindra Scorpio rides on 17-inch wheels, which are shod with 235/65-section tyres. The carmaker has also planned to introduce the new-gen Scorpio in the Indian market in coming months. It has been spied getting tested several times on Indian roads. Mechanically, the new-gen Mahindra Scorpio will be powered by 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engine. The upcoming Mahindra SUV will be bigger than the outgoing model of the car. Once launched, it will rival with the likes of MG Hector Plus and new-gen Tata Safari.