I took the rugged Next Generation Mahindra PikUp Double Cab, which is powered by Mahindra’s 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder mHawk turbo-diesel engine, for a test drive accompanied by Rudie Le Roux, new vehicle sales manager at Mahindra East Rand Mall and here is my verdict.

Power & performance

This vehicle is for the adventurous at heart, with a new six-speed transmission, which delivers an impressive 103kW of power and 320Nm of torque. While driving I found that it provides effortless acceleration and all the power you could ever need.

Part of Mahindra’s cutting-edge technology is updated engineering, making it more fuel efficient and lower on CO2 emissions. On the performance front it really sticks to the road with new cushion suspension and anti-roll technology that provides incomparable stability and traction.

Interior

The Next Generation Mahindra Pik Up Double Cab has a luxurious, advanced interior with a fully-adjustable driver’s seat that ensures perfect drive position and comfort.

Other advances include micro-hybrid technology that enables the engine to intelligently switch into standby mode when not in use, saving on fuel, making it environmentally friendly. It also comes equipped with light and rain sensors, which automatically turn the vehicle’s lights on in poor visibility and the wipers on in the rain.

On the tech side the PikUp comes loaded with many top-end features, including Bluetooth, CD/DVD, and USB/AUX support.

Safety &security

The Mahindra PikUp comes with various safety aspects, including dual front airbags and side impact protection bars, while ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) will keep you and the vehicle in control in hazardous situations.

This vehicle is also not short on security features and comes with an engine immobiliser that has an encrypted key recognition system that will reject any foreign key accessing the vehicle.

Extras

There is a range of accessories available to enhance your vehicle, which will provide you with all that you could possibly need for any adventure. Contact Mahindra East Rand Mall at 011 822-1882 for more details, or visit them for a test drive.

Source: Mahindra South Africa

By Wanita Wallace