Mahindra Scorpio registers a 99 per cent drop in sales on a YoY basis, hinting towards the arrival of BS-6 Scorpio.
The Mahindra Scorpio is loved by the Indian audience for its typical SUV aesthetics. The car is, however, nearing the end of its product lifecycle and Mahindra is now developing a new generation of the SUV. Also, the dip in the sales that the SUV has seen over the past few months has probably made it clear to the company that the need of the hour is to to bring an all-new model at the earliest. Last month, the company sold only 40 units of the SUV, while it retailed a total of 5,433 units of the Scorpio in March 2019. This corresponds to a drop of whopping 99 per cent on YoY basis. However, the dwindling popularity of the current generation model can't be fully blamed for such dismal sales performance.
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In BS-6 era, Mahindra might discontinue the lower-spec version of the 2.2L mHawk engine.
The reasons for the massive drop in the sales figures of Scorpio are many-fold. Generally, manufacturers expect low sales in March as it embarks the end of the financial year. Also, last month, India was nearing the deadline for selling BS-4 cars,and Mahindra does not have a BS-6 version of the Scorpio yet. Thus, it could be the case that Mahindra was trying to put a hold on the production of BS-4 Scorpio. Moreover, with the lockdown announced in the last quarter of previous month, production at Mahindra facilities came to a total standstill.
However, Mahindra would be updating the current Scorpio with a BS-6 engine as the new generation of the car is still a few months away from reaching the production line. The carmaker will update the current 2.2L mHawk turbo-diesel engine to comply with the new emission norms. For the current SUV, the mHawk engine is offered in two states of tune – 120 BHP/ 280 Nm and 140 BHP/ 320 Nm. The entry-level S5 variant was offered in the lower state of tune but it's expected to be axed in the BS-6 era.
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Mahindra is working on the next generation of Scoprio, which is expected to make its debut early next year.
Mahindra will update the 2.2L oil burner with a Diesel Particulate Filter and Selective Catalytic Reduction enabled catalytic convertor to meet the BS-6 emission compliance. The BS-6 compliant engine will require Diesel Emission Fluid to suppress the emission of NOX particles. According to Mahindra, the engine will consume 2 litres of fluid for every 1000 kilometres of run. In the BS-6 avatar, Scorpio is expected to get a price hike of around Rs 50,000 - 60,000.