Indian Army has placed an order for 1,470 units of Scorpio SUVs, an official Tweet from the Mahindra revealed recently. The order is for the Classic model of Scorpio and to meet the requirements of conquering tough terrains, these SUVs are likely to receive full-fledged 4WD hardware along with the tow hitch.
In terms of the exteriors, the use of a black plastic panel on the model is likely as it can save the external body from damage. The protection of the all-around body cladding will further add the toughness to exteriors while adding to the visual appeal and bulk of the SUV. The interiors are likely to follow a twin-shade grey and black scheme and a touchscreen infotainment system and automatic climate control will be counted among the prominent features of the SUV. Mahindra could also provide some extra features to these SUVs to meet specific requirements of the Army but there haven’t been any details yet revealed in this regard.
In terms of the engine option, these SUVs will likely to get powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine with an output of 140bhp. The transmission option could be in the form of a 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s important to note that Tata had taken a shot at the 3-door Safari Storme model and showcased it to the armed forces in 2018 although the model didn’t get through. The forces are also increasingly showing their interest in EVs with the Indian Air Force recently inducting 12 Tata Nexon EVs in its fleet.