The iconic Mahindra Scorpio has been one of the top selling SUV models in India, ever since it launched back in the year 2002. For about 12 years, the SUV has been winning over the SUV lovers of the country and has been gaining on popularity over the last few years. The Scorpio has even beaten some new popular SUV models to emerge as the best selling SUV. The Scorpio is offered in the domestic market in a wide range of variants with affordable pricing to suite the pockets of the varied consumers. However, though the Scorpio is very popular as a whole, its automatic variant is not so popular and the demand for the same is scarce.
According to the recent reports, the Indian utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra has ceased the production of the Scorpio’s Automatic version for the Indian car market. Mahindra has taken this decision because of the AT variant’s unsustainable demands. Nevertheless, Mahindra has assured those who really want to buy the Scorpio AT by announcing that the company will build the automatic model, if it receives the order for one. Thus, the potential Scorpio AT buyers will have to book the car in advance in order to buy it from now on.
The Mahindra Scorpio is available in India with an automatic transmission gearbox only in the top of the range VLX variant with both the two wheel drive (2WD) and four wheel drive (4WD) systems. The Scorpio VLX AT with 2WD with a price tag of Rs. 11.35 lakh and tagged at Rs. 12.33 lakh for AT 4WD variant. These two AT variants of the Scorpio are at present the most affordable automatic SUV models in India, but still they don’t find enough takers. As per the reports, the customers can book the automatic Scorpio with a token amount of Rs. 50,000.
This is not the first time that the Indian auto major has stopped manufacturing the automatic variant of the Scorpio, as the company stopped the production of the variant in the year 2012, though the production was resumed in the month of March in 2013. Earlier, the automatic gearbox for the Scorpio was sourced from an Australian company named Drivetrain Systems International; currently Mahindra sources the 6 speed automatic gearbox from Bosch.
Apart from the Indian car market, Mahindra & Mahindra offers the Scorpio for sale in several international car markets including Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Russia, Spain, South Africa, France, Italy, Australia and Latin America. As the Indian car major has not stopped the production of the automatic variants for these countries, thus it would not have any problem making AT variants on demand for the Indian customer as well.
The Scorpio is a big volume drawer for its maker despite being a veteran model and not having received any such comprehensive overhaul. However, the facelift model of the Scorpio is soon going to be launched, while its next-generation model is expected in 2016.