Mahindra Australia will replace the current Pik-Up with a revised model, which, according to a local official, is due in Australia by the second quarter of 2017.
The Mahindra Pik-Up was built as a ute version of the Mahindra Scorpio, which isn’t available for sale locally. The Scorpio was recently updated with a revised front-end and interior, which will be used for the brand’s global export ute, the Pik-Up.
Front-end revisions include new headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a bonnet scoop and revised grille. Inside the cabin, changes include a new infotainment unit and changes to the dashboard and layout.
Safety changes include a collapsible steering column, increased floor stiffness and optimised torsional vibration. Changes to the steering have also helped reduce the car’s turning radius from 5.7 to 5.4 metres.
When asked about the changes, Mahindra Australia marketing manager James Halliwell told CarAdvice that the revisions would be a significant step forward for the brand.
“Everything Changes. Entirely new front end and interior design. Entirely new platform design for the front end with enhancements to crash mitigation, track and turning radius,” Halliwell said.
“You could call this a leap to fourth- or fifth-generation Pik-Up. Previous generation Scorpio and Scorpio Pik-Up have sold over 400,000 units globally.”
Changes to the engine include a revised 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged mHawk diesel engine that produces 88kW of power and 280Nm of torque, mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.
While Mahindra doesn’t disclose sales figures and isn’t part of the VFACTS reporting platform, the current generation Pik-Up has been on sale locally since 2007, which means the company would be very eager for its latest instalment to arrive locally.
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