Indian car and utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra, has a name for itself over the years considering it was earlier known for producing only tractors and jeeps. In 2002, it entered the passenger vehicle segment with the launch of its first SUV, Scorpio. This was just the tip of the iceberg for Mahindra and now, a decade later, the Scorpio is still one of the best selling SUVs in the Indian market.
Mahindra has made up its mind that the time is right for the Scorpio to be redesigned. Code named ‘W105’, the new model will probably hit the market by 2014. Unlike the earlier version, the new variant will shed as much as a quarter of a ton in terms of weight through a project called T026. This move will benefit the new vehicle’s fuel economy as well as its performance. In addition, the model is expected to utilize fiber components to strip down its mass.
The new Scorpio will continue to carry on with its body on ladder frame and its monocoque layout which is a construction technique that uses the outer skin to support some or most of the load. The world, however, is keeping its fingers crossed that the panicky high speed handling of the Scorpio is improved with the new variant. This will add to the safety quotient as well as make it more appealing to a wider section of the public.
You can expect to see a lot of changes in the engine department of the new variant. The automaker will likely borrow the 140 bhp-330 Nm 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine from the XUV500 for the W105. No other specs have been revealed about suspension systems and transmission, though Mahindra will lengthen the new model’s wheelbase to create more space in the middle row. This should attract customers looking for larger family sized cars.