The Ed getting the tail out on the Mahindra Scorpio back in the day
The Ed getting the tail out on the Mahindra Scorpio back in the dayTeam evo India

2022 Mahindra Scorpio reveal on June 20, on 20th anniversary of original Scorpio

The all-new Mahindra Scorpio code-named Z101 will be unveiled on the 20th anniversary of the original SUV, on June 20

We have been spotting test mules of the 2022 Mahindra Scorpio, codenamed the Z101, for quite some time. Now we have learnt that the all-new Mahindra Scorpio will be unveiled on June 20 – exactly 20 years after the first-generation Scorpio was launched!

In terms of styling, leaked images of the SUV suggest that the Scorpio will be a muscular machine with a brutish charm. Interestingly, the leaked images of the Scorpio featured the old Mahindra emblem on the grille, not the new Twin Peaks logo which is said to be worn by the company’s newer SUVs like the XUV700, but that could just be pre-production SUVs that have been papped.

The original Scorpio was powered by two engines – a 2.6-litre diesel and a 2.2-litre petrol engine. And while the specs of the 2022 Scorpio have not yet been confirmed, we suspect that it will be powered by the same engine-gearbox combos as the current generation XUV 700 but in a lower state of tune.

Expect the 2022 Scorpio to be powered by the same engine-gearbox combos as the XUV700
Expect the 2022 Scorpio to be powered by the same engine-gearbox combos as the XUV700Rohit G Mane

The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel and 2-litre mStallion petrol will deliver performance in between that of the Thar and XUV 700 and will get both automatic as well as manual transmission variants. Keeping with its heritage the 2022 Mahindra Scorpio will continue to run a ladder frame chassis and get the option of a proper low-range transfer case in both the petrol and diesel variants.

Prices for the original Scorpio back in 2002 started from Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom) and it rivalled the likes of the Tata Safari and also the now-phased out Renault Duster in the later years. It will be interesting to see how Mahindra decides to position the new Scorpio, capitalising on the popularity of the nameplate. One thing’s for sure though, if the pricing strategy is anywhere close to the one they followed with the XUV 700, the competition will likely face a tough time from Mahindra’s new challenger that is being hyped as The Big Daddy of SUVs. That said, do you remember the, “Nothing else will do!” campaign of the original Scorpio?

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