The new Scorpio contains 43 new features and marks an increasing synergy between Mahindra & Mahindra and its suppliers.
Mahindra & Mahindra introduced the new Scorpio, recently. The launch comes after nearly four years of the vehicle being launched in 2002. The new Scorpio accommodates 43 new features. Yet the price remains unchanged. The introductory price, that is. According to Rajesh Jejurikar, vice president, Mahindra & Mahindra, "As part of the introductory offer there is no price increase. We will look at increasing the prices in a month and a half approximately". With the price unaltered at least for some time to come, the new Scorpio with its 43 new features sounds an interesting proposition. Rajesh says further, "Customer needs are changing. A huge change across categories is happening and the Scorpio has always been at the leading edge of change." Drawing attention to the competition that the Scorpio faces, Rajesh points out, "The Scorpio took away a lot of business from C-segment cars. We were very customer-centric as we started working on the new Scorpio. We interpreted the needs of the customers through customer research, understood their needs. We conducted lost sales analysis, static and dynamic product clinics". There were a number of expectations and desires that came out of the drive says Rajesh, respectfully. Throw a glance at the new Scorpio and it may look no different from the earlier model. Ironic it may look until you pay attention to the details. While the front end of the Scorpio remains largely intact, the front bumper gets a dose of cosmetic treatment, which includes new taper-down air dams. Ask Rajesh and he is quick: "We did not want to play around with the identity of the vehicle and therefore decided against making any significant changes to the front end of the Scorpio". The biggest change therefore is the turbo-scoop on the bonnet. The scoop may look cosmetic but, according to sources at M&M, it makes a difference. Move over to the side and except the footsteps built into the body and the new-design mag alloys on the top-end Scorpio, there is hardly any change. On the roof are the redesigned ski-racks.
Rear gets the tower tail lamps that rise into the roof, almost. Jutting out of the rear portion, the two large blobs that form an important part of the lamp give the impression of turbines marking the rear of a fighter jet. Inside, the steering gets a tilt mechanism. The instrument console has seen some minor changes, again largely cosmetic. An important change is the centre console. The ventilation louvres at the top of the console have been redesigned to direct better airflow. The stereo, a 4-speaker CD/MP3 unit is fitted in a 2-DIN slot and is armed to accommodate the pen drive, USB and SD card ports. Other changes include redesigned switches including that of the window winders, cup holders and vents at the rear to direct the flow of conditioned air to the middle row passengers. New cup holders adorn the redesigned door trims, which are claimed to be made from environment friendly Jute PP. The rear seat gets a broader armrest much like the individual armrests at front. The rear seats on the new Scorpio come with a slide facility. This enables to create more space in the middle row but at the cost of the third row. Move from the comfort zone of the new Scorpio to the mechanicals, and under the rear seat (almost) is the new multi-link rear suspension. Compared to the simple leaf spring suspension on the earlier model, the multi-link setup on the new Scorpio, which was fine-tuned by Lotus Engineering, significantly improves the ride comfort even though it does not make any noticeable change in handling. The new Scorpio therefore remains a vehicle that is at home cruising on a highway rather than enthusiastically tackle a twisty stretch of tarmac. Power comes from the common rail, turbocharged unit of 2609 cc that develops 115 bhp @ 3800 rpm and a peak torque at 28.3 kgm between 1700 and 2200 rpm. The pull of the engine, which is armed with a common-rail technology that was developed by M&M and tier supplier Bosch, is enthusiastic and, according to sources at M&M, changes were done to the engine mounts to lower the NVH.
According to Dr Pawan Goenka, president, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra, "A team of 25 engineers developed the new Scorpio in 18 months compared to 120 engineers, which worked on the original project". Adds Goenka, "We spent Rs 30 crores on development of the new Scorpio and out of the 1200 parts, 354 parts (almost 30 per cent) are new". "For the new Scorpio we built 60 new dies and 650 modified tools". "Major work was done in our die shop", says Goenka, "and by our engineers with the help of suppliers". Speaking to Automotive Products Finder, Dr Pawan Goenka said that MSAT provided forgings and stampings.
Other suppliers make up a list of respected Tier and medium to small suppliers from the Indian auto industry. Bridgestone supplies tubeless tyres to the new Scorpio. Amara Raja and Exide supply batteries. Gold Seal Avon Polymers is the supplier of radiator pipes whereas Visteon is claimed to be the supplier of the radiator/cooling system, complete exterior plastic system including front and rear bumpers, all the cladding. the wheel arches, the mud guard, the front grille and any other plastic on the outside of the vehicle. Behr India is claimed to be the supplier of air-conditioning system of the Scorpio. Tata Ficosa is claimed to be the supplier of the parking brake system and mirrors. Prabha Engineering supplies the windshield washer whereas the carbon canister and metal tubes of the cooling system are supplied by Precision Auto Industries, Nashik. KBX is claimed to supply the braking system, whereas Mico is claimed to supply the alternator. Motherson Sumi supplies the wiring harness and Parker is claimed to be the supplier of intercooler tubing. Sona Koyo supplies the steering system; Padmini Engineering is claimed to be the supplier of EGR valve. Mahindra Sona is claimed to supply propeller shaft of the Scorpio. Sharda Motors, which has a technical collaboration with Sejong Industrial Company of Korea, supplies the exhaust system to the Scorpio. IFB Autoliv supplies the seat belts and Lear, the seats and the trim parts. Tenneco India supplies the Monroe brand of shock absorbers whereas Precision Auto is claimed to be the supplier of fuel tank. KLT supplies the tubular frame whereas Asahi supplies the glass. Lumax supplies the headlamp and tail lamp assemblies. Mahle is claimed to be the supplier of filters and pistons whereas Delco Remy is claimed to be the supplier of starter motor and Borgwarner, supplier of turbocharger. TC Springs is claimed to be the supplier of suspension components of the Scorpio.