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A brave new world for Mahindra Pik Up

Since the repositioning of Mahindra vehicles for the upmarket via bold and attractive redesigns, the Indian automaker has gained new found confidence that its the retroduction of its vehicles has included its bakkies. This is more notable with the Mahindra Pik Up double cab.
Clearly pushing towards the next generation in the robust, popular luxury bakkie market, the Mahindra Pik Up double cab comes fully loaded with a set of great features and has been designed without compromise to be practical, strong, and to deliver at every level. Generous on power and reliability, its 1000 kg maximum payload and 2500 kg braked towing capacity provide the Pik Up with impeccable working credentials.
Mahindra is serious about its quest to get a bigger slice of the bakkkie action in SA by dumping the Pik Up predecessor Scorpio. The front-end is significantly different to the dephased Scorpio, and far more modern, complete with LED “eyelashes” on high-spec S10 derivatives.
The changes inside are far bigger, as the Pik Up now sports a predominantly black and upmarket-looking facia with neat finishes, including some subtle chrome inlays. Fit and finish is good too, and the standard specification is very, very generous (more of that later).
More improvement
While the Scorpio will be remembered for its unrefined, noisy ride, the Pik Up boasts a quieter engine and a classier rattle-free cabin.
The star of the range is the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which delivers 103 kW and 320 Nm, which well with the competition, and is mated with a precise 6-speed manual transmission. There is very little lag evident, and strong, smooth acceleration is on offer. Mahindra says the maximum torque figure is available from 1 600 to 2 800 rpm. This engine has transformed the Pik Up driving experience to the point that a number of established brands’ offerings may feel rather “agricultural” in direct comparison.
The fuel consumption across the range is pitched at 7.9L/100 km by Mahindra, which is very good. A large 90-litre tank should ensure long distance cruising happens without having to frequently stop for fill-ups.
Impressive standard specification
Mahindra Double Cab comes with smart items like cruise control, climate control, 6-inch touch-screen infotainment with navigation, Bluetooth and USB/Aux support, multi-function steering wheel, auto lights/wipers, dual front airbags and ABS/EBD, amongst others.
Mahindra Double Cab Pik-Up R354 995
With a standard 4-years/120 000 km warranty and 5-years/90 000 km service plan. Services are conveniently staggered at 20 000 km (or 12 month) intervals. 4-years/120 000 km roadside assistance is also included.

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