New Mahindra Scorpio Automatic Is On The Cards

With the launch of the third-generation Scorpio last year, Mahindra is now all set to launch the automatic variant of its celebrated SUV. Motoroctane reports that they spotted a Scorpio test vehicle with an ‘Automatic’ badge on it recently. The report adds that the Scorpio AT is likely to be launched next month, by mid-April or within the end of the month.

The automatic gearbox to feature in the Scorpio is expected to be the six-speed shifter, the one that was previously used in the last-generation Scorpio. The top-of-the-line S10 variant will get the AT option. Mahindra is expected to price the AT version around Rs. 1 lakh more than the out-going top-end trim.

Mahindra’s mid-size SUV uses a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel drive train that generates 120bhp of max power and 280Nm of max torque. A 5-speed manual transmission comes standard with the new Scorpio that went on sale last year.

The Scorpio AT, once launched, would be the only 7-seat mid-size SUV in our market with an auto gearbox, i.e in Rs. 10-12 lakhs segment. The company also aims to export the Scorpio AT to other markets as well. The Scorpio was launched with an automatic gearbox for the first time back in 2008. The Scorpio is the car that gave Mahindra a springboard boost in the non-commercial passenger UV category. It is now sold in many other overseas markets like Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Egypt, Malaysia, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, and our subcontinent countries except Pakistan. Oops! a long list though! In fact, the company tried its level best to sell the car in US, but miserably failed.

Last month, it reported by IndianAutosBlog.com that Mahindra’s new SUV codenamed ‘U301’ was spotted testing with an AMT. The company is also planning to offer automatic transmission to the XUV500 and the Quanto. Mahindra intends to launch nine products this year, with three new models, three facelifts and three variants of the existing cars, which includes the new Scorpio AT.

Note: Images shown here are not Scorpio AT.

Source: Motoroctane| Photo Credit: AutocarIndia, Zigwheels

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

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