The 2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift has been launched in India. The SUV, like the upcoming XUV500 2018, gets both cosmetic and mechanical changes. Its range starts at Rs. 9.97 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). This pegs it in direct line of competition with another major launch of this month- The Renault Captur.
Here are some important details of the SUVs:
|Mahindra Scorpio facelift||Renault Captur|
|Price||Rs. 9.99 lakhs||Rs. 9.97 lakhs|
|Engine options||Diesel||Petrol & Diesel|
2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift vs Renault Captur- Exterior and Interior
The Mahindra Scorpio has a proven design language, one which has been with us for many years now. The mid-life facelift provides the SUV with a fresh face and updated interior, among other things.
At its front, the Scorpio facelift gets new toothed grille and a redesigned foglamp area. The whole bumper feels more prominent now. Its sides gain ORVM integrated turn signals and fresh set of alloy wheels.
The SUVs rear gets red lens LED taillamps, redesigned number plate area and wipers, new skid plates and different footsteps on the bumper.
In comparison, the Renault Captur comes with a design that is not usually seen in the segment. It is seen as a crossover in most international markets and as such, doesn’t have the boxy-rugged appearance of typical SUVs. Nonetheless, it is very pleasing to the eyes.
Mahindra is not really known for their interior craft. The Scorpio facelift’s interior doesn’t change substantially from the current model. What it gets, though, are new faux leather seats, faux leather wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, roof mounted sunglass holder, mobile holder slot and bigger cubbyholes. Features like reverse parking camera with dynamic assist, 1-touch lane change indicator and auto window roll-up have been added as well.
The Renault Captur has a simple yet premium interior built. It is better looking and better equipped than the Scorpio and has features like 7-inch ULC 3.0 infotainment, automatic climate control and rear AC-vents. The Scorpio, contrary to reports, doesn’t get a 7.0-inch unit and instead retains the 6-inch one.
2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift vs Renault Captur – Engine and Transmission
The Scorpio facelift is only available with three diesel engine options. These include 75 BHP 2.5 L m2DICR Diesel (S2), 120 BHP 2.2 L mHawk D120 (S5,S7) and 140 BHP 2.2 L mHawk D140 (S7,S11). These engines are capable of producing 200 Nm/280 Nm/320 Nm of torque respectively.
Transmission options include 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual. 4WD is provided on the top-spec trim.
The Renault Captur is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. They are a 106 bhp, 1.5 liter petrol and a 108 bhp 1.5L diesel. As you can see, the base petrol/diesel mill is more capable than that of the Scorpio but the latter’s top trims outshine by 10-30 bhp.
Similar to the Scorpio, the Captur comes with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed manual transmission. AWD is not provided yet.
2018 Mahindra Scorpio facelift vs Renault Captur- Price
The new Mahindra Scorpio range starts at Rs. 9.97 lakhs and extends all the way up to Rs. 16 lakhs for the top S11 4WD variant. The Captur has a nearly identical base price of Rs. 9.99 lakhs (petrol) and its top trim (diesel) has a price tag of Rs. 13.8 8 lakhs.
*prices of the Captur are introductory