Born in India, sold and loved around the world, tested and renamed in South Africa, and now launched here. The rugged, top-range workhorse Mahindra Scorpio has given way to the Pik-Up. It was tested in the most gruelling condition the country has to threaten, and once toughened up to survive here, it is now available to those of us who like tough to be well-priced and comfortable too.
The Pik-Up is also offering an automatic for the first time. According to Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra SA: “South Africa is the first country in the world to officially launch the all-new Pik-Up Automatic, which is only fitting since it was the testbed for this model. There has been an overwhelming demand for an automatic transmission in our bakkie range, and we believe we have the perfect answer with the S11 and S11 Karoo AT.”
The Pik-Up will have the familiar, dependable 2.2-litre turbodiesel, producing 103kW and a whopping 320Nm of torque. Mahindra claims fuel consumption from as little as 7.9-litres/100km.
As with the Scorpio, Mahindra used the tried and tested engine, chassis and the like to create a vast range of options for the Pik-Up. There is a huge selection of options to choose from, no less than 20 Pik-Up models. These range from the basic, no-frills workhorse Chassis Cab S4 4×2 at under R203 000* to the ultra-luxury S11 4×4 double cab with aforementioned 6-speed automatic, starting at R430 000*.
The Pik-Up has a ground clearance of 210mm, approach and departure angles of 34- and 15-degrees. The 4×2 double cab models boast a payload of 1095kg, while the 4×4 offers 995kg.
The whole Mahindra Pik-Up range will offer 4-year/120 000km warranty and free roadside assistance. It also has a comprehensive service plan for five-years or 100 000km. The first service will be at 10 000km, thereafter at 20 000km intervals.
The Mahindra Pik-Up range is too wide and varied to describe in this forum. Needless to say, there is one to suit every pocket and every bakkie need. Feel free to discuss these with us and to arrange a test drive of the Mahindra Pik-Up best suited to your needs.
*Price correct February 2020