Mahindra Scorpio Classic Updated in India

Mahindra just unveiled the new Scorpio-N SUV, but it didn't forget about its predecessor, the Scorpio. The Indian brand will continue to offer the Scorpio Classic with exterior and interior updates and a new diesel engine.

The 2002 Mahindra Scorpio received facelifts in 2006, 2009, and 2014. 2022's Scorpio Classic update celebrates 20 years.

Mahindra's new emblem and vertical chrome strips replace the Jeep-style grille. The front bumper has DRLs and a larger aluminum skidplate.

17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels are five-spoked but look modern. New LED taillights have the vertical shape of a pre-facelifted Scorpio, extending to the roof (the latest facelift featured plastic add-ons in this area).

Inside, a 9-inch touchscreen adds smartphone connectivity. Mahindra gave the car in the photos a beige/black interior with quilted seats and wood accents. Despite updates, the design is dated.

The new 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine produces 130 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft). These numbers aren't as impressive as the Scorpio-173 N's hp and 400 Nm, but they're an improvement over the regular Scorpio.

Mahindra says the new engine is 55 kg (121 pounds) lighter and 14% more efficient. Six-speed manual transmission powers all four wheels.

Mahindra has upgraded the engine, suspension, and steering. The Scorpio Classic retains its 20-year-old ladder-frame architecture, so don't expect unibody-level handling and control.

On August 20, Mahindra will release Scorpio Classic pricing. The SUV will be cheaper than the more modern-looking Scorpio-N, making it a more affordable Mahindra option.