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Mahindra Pik Up S10 4x4 double cab

Mahindra has been in South Africa since 2004, steadily building a portfolio and brand loyalty since then. Last year the company reached a huge milesto

By Thami Masemola on 05 Nov 2019
Mahindra has been in South Africa since 2004, steadily building a portfolio and brand loyalty since then.
Last year the company reached a huge milestone when it opened its assembly plant in Durban. One of
the vehicles to come out of that facility is the Pik Up S10 4x4 double cab. We drove it and formed an
opinion on it.

On the exterior we can admit that the Pik Up is not going to win any beauty contests or design awards.
However, having said that, the old adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” still applies. The front
grille has been redesigned in a bolder, stronger look, including LED daytime running lights and fog lights.
Another standout feature is the integrated bonnet scoop. Colour-coded bumpers, side mirrors, and door
handles give it a more urban look. For the off-road fans, side steps and mud flaps are included, as well
as the tow bar at the rear. Its approach angle is 34-degrees, departure angle is 15-degrees and the turning
circle radius
is 6.7 metres.

Inside, Mahindra has raised its own bar in terms of features and comfort levels. While the current South
double cab leaders are still about a generation ahead of the Pik Up, signs are there that Mahindra
will catch up sooner rather than later. In this regard you will find a touch screen infotainment system with
radio function, satellite navigation, USB access, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows all round – front
-, central locking and air conditioning among others. Seats are cloth upholstery and manually
at the front. One does feel a little industrial whilst inside, but never out of date.

The powerplant installed in the Pik Up is a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder mHawk turbo diesel type. Maximum power
is 103kW at 3 750rpm, and peak torque is 320Nm made between a low 1 500rpm and 2 800rpm. Mated
to it is a 6-speed manual transmission, as well as a 4x4 system actuated via an electronic knob. I was
pleasantly surprised by the amount of pulling power the Pik Up had, especially when towing (maximum
braked capacity is 2 500kg
). Load pull is also good. Speaking on load, the load box itself is wide and deep,
but is not smoothly floored. So while more fragile cargo will need extra padding, it is absolutely suitable
for rough and hard loads such as animals, earth and rocks. The 80 litre fuel tank should be good for about
400km under everyday conditions, but will go either direction depending on what the vehicle is used for.

The Mahindra Pik Up S10 is a highly capable double cab whose main purpose is to work and work hard
at that. It does this without asking any questions, thanks to all those aforementioned features. Whilst
there will be temptation to refine it in order to catch up with American and Japanese rivals in the
next-generation model, I believe keeping it rugged will give it the edge when true workhorses are in demand.

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