If you thought it was only the Koreans that were attempting to invade the Australian car market, you would be wrong. An Indian company called Mahindra has just released its line of 'Pik-Up' vehicles in line with an attempt to out-price the current flock of Aussie based and overseas sourced commercial utilities.
Mahindra Pik-Up
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TMI Pacific is supporting Mahindra's local front, providing sound support and foundation for success in the tough Australian commercial vehicle industry.

Four models headline Mahindra's entry into the market, these include:

  • Mahindra Pik-Up 2.5 CRDe Turbo Diesel Single Cab 4 x 2 $ 23,990 (RRP Inc GST)
  • Mahindra Pik-Up 2.5 CRDe Turbo Diesel Double Cab 4 x 2 $ 25,990 (RRP Inc GST)
  • Mahindra Pik-Up 2.5 CRDe Turbo Diesel Single Cab 4 x 4 $ 26,990 (RRP Inc GST)
  • Mahindra Pik-Up 2.5 CRDe Turbo Diesel Double Cab 4 x 4 $ 29,990 (RRP Inc GST)

Mahindra has a long and successfull history in India. Rated as one of the top 10 most reputable companies in India, Mahindra group is worth over US$4.5-billion.

Mahindra Pik-Up

Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the entire Mahindra Pik-Up range is powered by a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder common rail turbo-Diesel engine which produces 79kW and 247Nm of torque. Weighing in at just under 2-tonnes for the 2WD Single Cab, we suspect the Pik-Up won't have the get-up-and-go that conventional commercial vehicles have - such as the turbo-Diesel Rodeo, Triton and Ranger.

Payload is rated at just over 1-tonne, meaning that the Pik-Up will be able to haul the equivalent amount of load in comparison to other commercial vehicles currently available on the Australian market.

Braking is handled by ventilated discs up front and drum brakes at the rear. The Pik-Up has been praised for the amount of standard features offered, these include: Air-conditioning; automatic locking front hubs; limited slip differential; power steering; electric windows; remote central locking; alarm and immobiliser; CD/MP3 compatible Kenwood sound system with USB and SD card ports; side steps; fog lights and metallic paint. Alloy wheels are available as an option across the range.

Mahindra Pik-Up

After investing over $5-million dollars to bring Mahindra to Australia, TMI pacific is highly ambitious for the Pik-Up's success. With a starting price of $23,990 for the RWD, Single-Cab model, it undercuts its nearest competitors by a substantial margin. With a three-year/100,000km warranty, we think the Mahindra Pik-Up will sell in droves.

Mahindra Pik-Up

Initially only available in New South Wales from June 6th (10 dealers and 15 outlets), once the operation has been initialised and is operating smoothly, dealership networks in Victoria and Queensland will follow within the next 6-months. Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory will be the next states to follow, expected to be online by mid next-year.

Current dealers on the NSW dealer list include:

  • Heyer Motors - Dubbo
  • Bill Lilley Mitsubishi - Queanbeyan and ACT
  • Clinton Motor Group - Campbelltown
  • Pembers - Woonona
  • Tynan Motors - Sylvania
  • Robert Handsaker Motors - Narromine
  • Cross-Country Motors - Merriwa / Musswellbrook
  • Keith Gill Motors - Griffith
  • Nowra Truck and Tractor - Nowra / Bega / Mittagong
  • ELN Motors - Wyong