Mahindra Scorpio at Rs 1.1 lakh discount: Why it’s a terrific buy at this price

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With the new financial year kicking in, most mainstream car companies have started offering some really attractive discounts on MY2017 cars that are left in their inventory. The Mahindra Scorpio is one such car that is on sale with huge discounts for the pre-facelift version. Picking up a slightly older Scorpio makes a lot of sense if you factor in the kind of discounts that are being offered. The MY2017 Scorpio really becomes a great value-for-money proposition with the discounts on offer. However, do note that these discounts are dealer-specific and vary from one dealer to another.

Advantages of buying MY2017 Mahindra Scorpio

Huge discounts on offer

The MY2017 Mahindra Scorpio, which is basically the pre-facelift model that was discontinued late last year, is available with discounts of up to Rs 1.1 lakh. This makes the SUV a really great buy for those looking for a large, comfortable, trouble-free SUV. Like we said, these discounts can vary from dealer to dealer based on the old stock they have in the inventory. That said, you can try to sweeten the offer even further by bargaining hard. Actually, dealers are now in a hurry to sell off the old stock and hence, should be willing to offer the maximum discount.

Pre-facelift looks almost the same

The biggest factor working in favour of the pre-facelift model is the fact that the latest facelift doesn’t look too different from the model it has replaced. The new Scorpio gets a new grille, which can be retrofitted on to the earlier version. While it also gets an updated bumper, new taillights, and an updated tailgate, these changes are hardly significant. An untrained eye will find it tough to differentiate between the new and the old Scorpio. Hence, picking up the older version for a lot less than what you’d pay for the new model looks like a good option.

Almost same features

The biggest change on the inside is the new reverse parking system with dynamic park assist and a new upholstery. However, these are really minor changes. Here, too, the new reverse parking system can be retrofitted at a later stage if you really wish to have it. As for the upholstery, it’s a really minor change that you shouldn’t care about. The touchscreen infotainment system on both the pre-facelift Scorpio and its facelifted version doesn’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. So, you don’t miss out on anything in this department. The new Scorpio does offer some extra cubby holes but that is something that you can easily live without on purchasing the pre-facelift SUV. So, basically, you get almost the same interior as the facelift. Moreover, you benefit from the huge amount you save by not buying the new model.

Same engine

Both the pre-facelift and the facelifted Scorpio is powered by a 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine. The only difference is that the motor makes 20 bhp and 40 Nm extra for the updated SUV. While it’s a decent update in the power, the old Scorpio isn’t underpowered by any stretch of the imagination. 120 bhp and 280 Nm from a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine is a decent power output and enough for most sort of usage. Also, the more powerful engine is available only on the top-of-the-line trim and is rather expensive. All other trims continue with the 120 bhp-280 Nm motor.

Downside to buying MY2017 Mahindra Scorpio

Honestly, there’s no real downside to buying the pre-facelift Mahindra Scorpio at a discount of over Rs 1 lakh. We say this as the facelift and the pre-facelift versions look a lot like each other. True, there are some differences but they are so minute that it gets tough differentiating between the new and the old model. Moreover, both the cars offer a similar level of equipment. The new model does come with a top-end variant with a 140 bhp-320 Nm motor but the earlier 120 bhp-280 Nm engine is still available on all the lower trims. Plus, opting for the more powerful engine takes the pricing to almost Tata Hexa territory. You can easily save more than a lakh rupees by opting for the pre-facelift version, which is almost as good as the new one.