Mahin­dra PikUp ute / Ford Ranger Rap­tor ute

Mahin­dra has re­vealed its next-gen PikUp ute

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Mahin­dra has launched the next-gen­er­a­tion PikUp ute, which it la­bels as tougher and more stylish than be­fore.

The new ute, which is avail­able through Mahin­dra’s lo­cal sub­sidiary Mahin­dra Au­to­mo­tive Aus­tralia, fea­tures re­freshed outer body styling, a new 6-speed trans­mis­sion, greater turbo-diesel power and a re­designed in­te­rior.

The orig­i­nal Mahin­dra PikUp was in­tro­duced to Aus­tralia in 2007 and has since gone on to sell well across the na­tion.

The new-gen­er­a­tion PikUp is avail­able in two spec­i­fi­ca­tions – the 4x2 S6 sin­gle-cab ute, which is aimed at the value end of the mar­ket, and the SUV-in­spired 4x4 dual-cab S10 vari­ant.

“We have been here in busi­ness for over a decade with a lo­cal Mahin­dra sub­sidiary and on­ground team to fo­cus on needs and as­pi­ra­tions of the con­sumers and to build our of­fer­ings,” Mahin­dra in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions head Joy­deep Moitra says.

“For the new Mahin­dra PikUp, a six-month test sched­ule was car­ried out in Aus­tralia and con­cluded in Au­gust 2017, clock­ing up over 80,000km. This in­put has helped cre­ate a Mahin­dra PikUp per­fect for lo­cal con­di­tions.”

Mahin­dra says the new PikUp has sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ments over the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing a 2.2-litre 103kW turbo-diesel en­gine that pro­duces around 330Nm of torque.

The PikUps have a braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 2.5 tonnes.

In­side the cabin, the PikUp has re­ceived a num­ber of up­grades in­clud­ing new fab­ric up­hol­stery, an MP3/CD/ra­dio unit and, in the flag­ship S10 vari­ant, a 6-inch touch­screen with re­vers­ing cam­era and satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

When it comes to safety, fea­tures like hill de­scent con­trol, ESC, ABS, EBD, rollover mit­i­ga­tion, airbags, crash pro­tec­tion crum­ple zones and a col­lapsi­ble steer­ing col­umn are stan­dard across the range.

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