$1000 price jump for more efficient new diesel

Mahindra has announced pricing and specs for the 2018 Genio pick-up, which now comes with a Euro 5 diesel engine

Both the single- and dual-cab Genio are now powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, making 88kW of power and 280Nm of torque. The engine is hooked up to a five-speed manual gearbox, with no automatic offered on the options list.

The engine gains idle start/stop technology, helping cut fuel economy to 7.5L/100km in the single-cab and 8.1L/100km in the dual-cab on the combined cycle. With a 74-litre fuel tank, Mahindra says you'll get more than 900km of driving on a single fill.

All models are two-wheel drive, with no four-wheel drive option. The single-cab has a 1.2-tonne payload in its 2700mm-long tray, while the dual-cab will haul 1.1-tonnes in its 1950mm tray. That means the latter has space for two standard pallets.

Behind the wheel, Mahindra highlights the fact the Genio has large storage compartments scattered around, along with standard equipment like air conditioning, cruise control, electric windows, a double-DIN entertainment system and a multi-function steering wheel. You even get armrests in the front seats.

Options include an alloy bull- and nudge-bar, a steel tow-bar ($750), alloy wheels ($650), floor mats ($99) and a Tradie Pack, which brings Bluetooth and dual USB ports ($250). Metallic paint is a no-cost option across the range.

The single-cab costs $21,990 drive-away, while the dual-cab costs $25,490. That's an increase of $1000 on the base model, while dual-cab pricing remains the same.

Both cars include a three-year/100,000km warranty with capped price servicing. We've reached out to Mahindra for information about servicing costs, so stay tuned for that information.