Mahindra PikUp ute / Ford Ranger Raptor ute
Mahindra has revealed its next-gen PikUp ute
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.