So, here we have the Scorpio mHawk, with a whole new 2.2-litre engine tuned by engine specialists AVL of Austria. The new engine is lighter, has a variable geometry turbocharger and an intercooler on top of the engine, meaning the air scoop on the bonnet actually does something. This engine is actually more powerful than the previous one, pumping out five additional horses for a total 120 horsepower. Thankfully, unlike the old 2.6-litre engine, the power does not come in huge inedible lumps, but a lot more smoothly.
M&M’s concessions to the US have not stopped there. The Scorpio was always large enough for large people, and Americans are large, but now it has steering mounted “cruise control”. It’s nice, but stuck inside the gigantic construction zone that is Delhi these days, this feature seemed totally out of place.
|Scorpio Mhawk VLX Specs|
Engine: 2179cc 4-cylinder DOHC Diesel
Power: 120 horsepower@ 4000rpm
0-100 kmph: 14.9 seconds
Mileage (city): 10.5 km/litre
Price (as tested): Rs 9.65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
So, this is, for all intents and purposes, an allnew Scorpio, and it even wears aggressive looking “Powered by mHawk” badges on the sides, but unless you notice those, it looks quite the same. And that is a problem.
This car is pleasant, though not exhilarating, to drive, and has lots of toys, but it still looks as boxy as before. This is the third iteration of the Scorpio in terms of its mechanicals, but other than a couple of changes, this new one looks identical to the one Anand Mahindra launched in 2001. And that, according to us, is its major failing. But if this is a taste of things to come, then the “Son of Scorpio”, as M&M engineers sometimes refer to the car’s successor, might be a good thing to look forward to.