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In­dian au­tomaker Mahin­dra has in­tro­duced the Next Gen­er­a­tion Mahin­dra Pik Up in South Africa. And while Mahin­dra in­sist on call­ing it the Pik-up, the new­comer is for all in­tents and pur­poses a ver­sion of the Scor­pio SUV.

Based on the same lad­der-frame plat­form as the re­cently facelifted Scor­pio, the Pik Up shares the sub­stan­tially restyled front end of the SUV with a new grille de­sign, util­is­ing a gloss black fin­ish and chrome ac­cents, a more prom­i­nent badge, and a re­shaped lower air in­take.

The head­lights are also new, with a cleaner, less fussy ap­pear­ance, new curved LED day­time run­ning lights (for the flag­ship S10 Dou­ble Cab ver­sion), and bolder fog lamps in restyled aper­tures un­der the head­lights.

The cabin now sports bet­ter up­hol­stery and trim, as well as a large full-colour touch­screen dis­play for the S10 Dou­ble Cab mod­els. The flag­ship model also ben­e­fits from re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, cruise con­trol, nav­i­ga­tion, a mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel, auto wipers, head­lamp con­trol, and 16-inch al­loy wheels.

The Pik Up is pow­ered by an up­dated ver­sion of the trusty 2.2-litre four-cylin­der mhawk tur­bod­iesel en­gine (103 kw and 320 Nm of torque) linked to a six-speed man­ual gear­box driv­ing the rear wheels, or a 4×4 trans­mis­sion with low range.the en­tire range is fit­ted with dif­flock and has a tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 2,500 kg. The S4 Sin­gle Cab 4×2 is avail­able from R187,995 (with op­tional ser­vice plan), the S6 Sin­gle Cab 4x2 from R239,995, and the S6 Sin­gle Cap 4×4 from R284 99. The S10 Dou­ble Cab 4×2 is avail­able from R324,995 and the S10 Dou­ble Cap 4×4 from R354,995.

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