Bolero big­ger and bet­ter

In­dia’s tough­est bakkie just got tougher in South Africa, to carry a heav­ier pay­load cheaper

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MAHIN­DRA South Africa has ex­tended its highly suc­cess­ful range of Bolero pick-ups with the launch of the Bolero Maxitruck Plus.

“The ad­di­tion of the Maxitruck Plus to our Bolero pick-up range con­firms Mahin­dra’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing South African buy­ers with au­then­tic, ro­bust and func­tional ve­hi­cles that are tough, re­li­able and af­ford­able,” said Ashok Thakur, CEO of Mahin­dra SA.

“With its large load box, ex­tended wheel­base and high pay­load, the Maxitruck Plus is set to be­come the work­horse bakkie of choice for many South African small and medium en­ter­prises.

“In ad­di­tion, the af­ford­able pric­ing and low fuel con­sump­tion sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce over­all op­er­at­ing costs, while Mahin­dra’s rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity prom­ises a long ser­vice life,” Thakur added.

He said in a state­ment the Maxitruck Plus uses an ex­tended wheel­base of 3 150 mm to com­bine a large load box with an eco­nom­i­cal, torque-fo­cused tur­bod­iesel en­gine to achieve an ex­cep­tional pay­load while achiev­ing high fuel ef­fi­ciency.

At the same time, the af­ford­able price tag al­lows a re­duced ac­qui­si­tion cost, while ben­e­fit­ing the over­all cost of own­er­ship. The load bin mea­sures 2,5 me­tres long by 1,54 m wide, to of­fer 1,13 cu­bic me­tres cargo space. To han­dle the 1 150 kg pay­load, the bakkie fea­tures rigid axles front and rear with pro­gres­sive leaf spring sus­pen­sion and hy­draulic dampers. A 170 mm ground clear­ance en­sures that the Maxitruck eas­ily copes with rough ter­rain, de­spite be­ing rear­wheel drive only.

Mahin­dra’s M2DICR proven 2,5-litre tur­bod­iesel pow­ers the bakkie. This unit was de­signed for In­dia’s heavy loads and has done mil­lions of kilo­me­tres in the hot and high op­er­at­ing con­di­tions typ­i­cal of the high al­ti­tudes in Gaut­eng. The tur­bod­iesel en­gine makes 195 Nm be­tween 1 400 rpm and 2 200 rpm.

A five-speed man­ual gear­box pro­vides a good spread of ra­tios to make the most of the en­gine’s out­put.

De­spite its im­pres­sive pay­load, the Maxitruck Plus achieves an im­pres­sive av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 7 litres/100 km in the com­bined cy­cle.

The new Mahin­dra pick-up runs on 15-inch steel wheels shod with 195/80 R15 tyres. The added flex­i­bil­ity of the taller tyre pro­file benefits both load car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity and over­all ride com­fort.

Steer­ing is done with a hy­draulic power steer­ing and the turn­ing cir­cle has been re­duced to 11 me­tres.

An im­proved brak­ing sys­tem fea­tures front disc brakes com­bined with rear drums.

The in­te­rior fea­tures stylish cloth up­hol­stery, a two-tone in­stru­ment panel and an aux­il­iary power point, al­low­ing smartphones to be charged on the move.

The fin­ishes and ma­te­ri­als re­flect the Maxitruck’s tough char­ac­ter, promis­ing long-term dura­bil­ity.

A transpon­der im­mo­biliser is stan­dard, pro­vid­ing theft de­ter­rence and adding peace of mind.

The new Mahin­dra Bolero Maxitruck Plus is of­fered at a rec­om­mended re­tail price of R127 995 and is sup­ported by a two-year/50 000 km war­ranty. Ser­vices are at 10 000 km in­ter­vals.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Mahin­dra’s proven Bolero just got bet­ter, with a big­ger load bin to carry 1,1 tons and an im­proved turn­ing cir­cle.

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