The updated version the Indian maker's most affordable ute brings with it a new grille that gives the Mahindra Genio a more modern appearance, while updated 15-inch alloy wheels also make a difference. The interior is now black, rather than grey and green, and has seen the addition of a digital drive readout screen with speedometer, exterior and interior temperatures, and a clock.
The Genio - which is available in single-cab and dual-cab configurations - can be had in both 4x2 and 4x4 guises.
Under the bonnet is an unchanged 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel producing 88kW of power and 280Nm of torque, which is a little low for the class. It has a five-speed manual gearbox, and there's no automatic available. Towing capacity is on the light side at 1800kg (braked).
The payload ratings of the Genio range are good, with 1240kg for the 4x2 single-cab, 1140 for the 4x4 single-cab, 1100kg for the 4x2 dual-cab and 1000kg for the 4x4 dual-cab. The tray itself is made by Queensland manufacturer Triple M Truck Bodies, and spans 2700mm long by 1777mm wide for the single-cab and 1950mm by 1777mm for the dual-cab. The tray load in is 910mm from the ground, making easy work of heavy lifting.
Safety inclusions consist of dual airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, as well as hill descent control. Other standard items include central locking, cruise control, power windows, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth phone streaming and air conditioning with high and low modes.
Pricing remains the same for the Genio models, which start at $19,990 driveaway for the 4x2 single-cab with a standard-fit aluminium tray. Adding the 4x4 hardware attracts a $3500 premium. The dual-cab version starts at $24,990 and tops out at $28,490.
2016 Mahindra Genio pricing (driveaway):
4x2 single-cab - $19,990
4x4 single-cab - $23,490
4x2 dual-cab - $24,990
4x4 dual-cab - $28,490