2018 Mahindra Scorpio (Facelift): Too many “Minor” Changes

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The 2.2-litre mHawk engine now delivers 140 bhp power in S7 and S11 trims.

Mahindra has launched the updated MY 2018 Scorpio with a plethora of minor improvisations. This is the first mid-term facelift to the car´s third-generation model that is on sale since 2014. Apart from exterior and interior styling revisions, the engine has been tweaked to offer additional power and torque. Prices of the new Scorpio range start from INR 9.97 lakhs on wards, ex-showroom Delhi.

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On the outside, the new Scorpio boasts the `toothed´ grille with chrome, which seems like inspired from that of Jeep Compass. The fog lamp housing and air intakes on the front bumper stands redesigned too. Other key changes include LED turn indicators in OVRMs, red lens LED tail lamps and redesigned number plate area with chrome garnish over the rear, tweaked skid plate, and the muscular-looking alloy wheels.

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2018 Mahindra Scorpio delivers 140 hp power and 320 Nm of torque, along with 6-speed gearbox, in select S7 and S11 trims.

Inside the cabin, new additions for the 2018 Scorpio include faux leather wrapped seats, steering wheel and gear lever, roof mounted sunglass holder, and a mobile holder slot. The 6-inch infotainment system remains untouched, but for the Reverse parking camera feature with dynamic assist. Other new features are 1-touch lane change indicator and auto window roll-up.

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The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine under the hood has now been spruced-up to offer extra 20 hp power and 40 Nm torque over the previous model, making the output of 140 bhp and 320 Nm. This, along with the 6-speed gearbox, is available in the high-end S7 and S11 trims only. The Shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system is available only in the top-spec S11 variant. The Scorpio range is already available with micro-hybrid system, dual airbags, ABS, and panic brake indication.

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Mahindra Jawa 350: Indian Launch before March 2019

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Four-stroke Jawa 350 OHC generates 27.73 PS of peak power at 6,500 rpm.

Last year, Mahindra and Mahindra´s subsidiary firm Classic Legends Private Limited (CLPL) became the licensee for the Jawa Moto brand of motorcycles based in Czech. Thus, the come back of the iconic two-wheeler marque that dominated the local market decades back was imminent. Pawan Goenka, MD of the home-grown auto conglomerate, in a recent interaction with MoneyControl, has´confirmed that the first Jawa model will be launched in the Indian market before the end of FY 2018-19, i.e. March 2019. Mahindra is also expected to preview the model at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo, Greater Noida, scheduled for February next year.

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Jawa 350 OHC is likely to be the first product under Jawa marque by Mahindra.

So, which motorcycle under Jawa brand are they referring to? It is most likely to be Jawa 350 OHC, a modern classic that was launched in Czech Republic just this year. The first impression that this bikes makes is, perhaps, nostalgic indulgence. It´s the retro-styling of the motorcycle, which in may ways reflects the original styling of the Jawa-CZ 350 of 1970s. This includes lots of chrome embellishments on the bodywork and minimalist design.

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Powering the Jawa 350 OHC is a 397 cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike can deliver a max power of 27.73 PS  at 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 30.6 Nm of at 5,000 rpm. Jawa Moto claims that the bike can make-out a top speed 130 kmph.

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2018 Jawa 350 OHC gets electric start and ABS braking.

The Jawa 350 is ABS-assisted, in fact, the first motorcycle under the Czech marque to get the braking assistance technology. There is a 280 mm brake disc upfront, while a 160 mm drum brake does the job at the rear. The suspension system includes 150 mm telescopic forks and 80 mm telescopic shock at front and rear respectively. The 160 kg weighing bike gets electric start, tachometer, and 12-litre fuel tank capacity. The motorcycle, once launched, can absolutely make a strong rival for Royal Enfield 350 Classic and Bullet 350.

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