South Africa’s economy was built on mining, and this still makes up a significant chunk of our economy. But getting valuable commodities from under the ground is tough, specialised work that requires tough, specialised equipment.
Mahindra started by building tough, no-nonsense, no-frills military-spec vehicles, literally to carry the Indian Army around. Nowadays, its vehicles are more refined, even luxurious, like the Mahindra XUV500 and XUV300. Even its renowned workhorse, the tough-as-nails Pick-Up bakkie, has been upgraded in features and comfort to compete with the SUV market.
But at heart, the Pik-Up is still a working bakkie, designed for tough. Mining needs a tough bakkie, Mahindra makes the go-anywhere Pik-Up. Bob is your older male relative.
Mining is an industrial operation, a dangerous environment that demands very strict Health and Safety regulations. So mining companies cannot just buy a Pik-Up from the showroom floor and take it to the mine. These vehicles had to be specially adapted to adhere to regulations.
So Mahindra has launched a Mining Spec bakkie, based on the S6 double-cab Pik-Up. This version was developed by Mahindra’s Pretoria team and its Kempton Park-based fitment centre. The bakkies are assembled in Durban.
This mining bakkie retains the S6 double cab, 4×4 drive, rear-locking diff and manual gearbox. It also keeps the dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, cruise control and aircon. Power is the indestructible 2.2-litre mHawk turbodiesel, giving 103kW and 320Nm.
Added to this are a heavy-duty roll-over bar, almost a cage, a roof-mounted light bar and reverse buzzer. Red, white and yellow decals and reflective strips are also standard. The load bay is rubberised, there is a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit and even a COVID kit, presumably with masks, sanitiser, gloves and a thermometer.
The Mahindra Pik-Up used to be known as the Scorpio Pik-Up, a no-frills workhorse bakkie. The company then split the names, creating a tough, but comfortable, SUV in the Mahindra Scorpio, and the Pik-Up as a dedicated range of bakkies.
When we say range, well, there are 20 trim levels to choose from. It starts with the Chassis Cab S4 4×2, a super-affordable, very basic bakkie and culminates with the premium S11 4×4 double cab Karoo. Between these extremes in trim and price, you would find the perfect match for your needs and your pocket.
Whichever Pik-Up you choose, you will get the peace of mind of the 4-year/120 000km warranty, 5-year/90 000km service plan and roadside assistance for 4-years/120 000km. Service intervals are 20 000km.
The full range is too big to practically describe here, but you can view it at your leisure on our Mahindra Pik-Up page.