Scorpio was Mahindra's first self-developed design since the company's inception. The SUV was conceptualized and developed by the in-house integrated design and manufacturing (IDAM) team of Mahindra. These efforts bestowed Mahindra with the desired result, as the masculine and rugged appeal of the utility vehicle gained popularity that spread across the nation like wildfire. Scorpio has been around for more than 15 years and has seen multiple face-lifts and generation changes. The updates haven't been exclusive to the aesthetics, which include the hawk inspired headlights but also filter down to the mechanical components.
Everything from the the engine to gearbox, the suspension, cabin interiors, micro-hybrid technology and the mHawk engine have been tweaked to provide the ultimate performance that one could ask for. With a product so close to mechanical perfection, customers could not help themselves but customize the SUV to meet and reflect their own personalized taste. So let's take a look at some of the most striking Mahindra Scorpio modifications done in the country.
Starting off our list is a Mahindra Scorpio modification brought to us by a Bangalore-based Mahindra dealership that provides an option of customizing the second generation Scorpio to incorporate dual kidney-shaped grill, which is inspired by BMW’s iconic styling cue. Once modified, the cars will flaunt twin chrome mesh kidney grill up front, in lieu of the standard Scorpio grill. The color scheme of the car is also complemented with contrasting decals, which go in tune with the contrasting roof paint job. This particular modification is a love-or hate case and might require an acquired taste.
After observing the several attempts made by the customers at cracking a more appealing design of the UV, Mahindra was motivated to step in and take a crack at revamping the all-new Scorpio. This came as no surprise, as Scorpio was Mahindra's first self-developed design that was conceptualized by the in-house integrated design and manufacturing (IDAM) team of Mahindra.
Clearly, this must have made Mahindra's concerned about how its baby was being treated. This led to the introduction of ‘the Scorpio Dark Horse’. Aesthetically, the car has got to be the most appealing Scorpio ever built, be it stock or out of Mahindra’s in-house customization division. The Dark Horse flaunts a matte gray paint job, a large mesh grille that embodies the Mahindra’s logo and compliments the hood scoop. The fender vents also get a contrasting color highlight and at the rear, the roof section for the third row has been chopped off to accommodate a loading bed.
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The modifications so far have incorporated extreme and conspicuous styling and if you are one who likes his car to flaunt subtle, function-oriented modifications, then don’t fret. Mahindra has a range of body kits that one could opt for, which modify the car while maintaining the design integrity of the original Scorpio concept. The modifications are applicable on W-model Scorpios (2006 onwards). There are also options for interior customizations, which help you keep your ride unostentatious, but if you opt for the exterior body-kit, you will get a built-in bulbar on the bumper, cladding for the tail-lamps, two-tone paint job and a pair of auxiliary lamps. Considering what you get, these modification are a steal, as the exterior mods will cost you around Rs. 50,000 and if one opts for customized interiors, they can avail leather upholstery for around Rs. 30,000. These modifications are carried out by Mahindra's in-house customization facility, similar to those done on Mahindra Thar.
Speaking of love-or-hate interpretations of Mahindra Scorpio, check-out what Kishan Lohiya had in mind. The Hyderabad native has extremely modified his Scorpio, which was one of the earliest models of the car, to incorporate 16-inch alloys wrapped in 36-inch Super Swamper tyres that cost Rs. 25,000 each. To do so, the axles had to be extended and the car further incorporated redesigned fenders to encase the gigantic wheels. The rear has been chopped off, reminiscent to that of the Dark Horse to incorporate a loading bed. Other mods include a snorkel and auxiliary lamps, which are integrated into the hood of the car.
Topping our list is this particular modification built for none other than Gul Panag, herself. The car was customized by Sarbloh Motors to feature spare wheel carrier, custom bumpers and an extra 50 liter fuel tank. Further, to make sure Gul isn’t stranded in middle of nowhere, there are jerry-cans at the rear to carry extra fuel. The platform used was a Mahindra Scorpio Getaway, which was then bestowed with a 9500 lbs winch, dual battery management system, dieseltronic tuning box and a 54mm suspension lift.
Other modifications also include a portable housing facility in form of a roof-tent. The car also has a carrier, remote search lights and tent awning. To make sure the Bollywood diva is capable of treading on mountain terrains, the car features steel wheels, wrapped in mountain tyres and flared wheel arches.
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