New model preview: Mahindra PikUp

One of Australia’s most affordable utes is now even better value.

It’s arguably already Australia’s best-value ute but recent revisions to the Indian-built Mahindra’s PikUp will ensure it stands out from the herd for other reasons as well. 

Brisbane-based Mahindra Automotive Australia has announced a series of 2020 model year upgrades to the rugged PikUp workhorse, including changes to the grille, headlights, interior equipment levels, plus the addition of a new rural and fleet-oriented model.

Headlining the changes are a new front grille and static bending headlamps, the latter providing superior illumination in bends at night by moving with the steering.

In addition, new daylight-running LEDs and fog lights add extra flair to the purposeful front end.  

The price leading S6+ models, available in 4x2 or 4x4, get standard cruise control, Bluetooth phone connection and upgraded fabric seats with arm rests and driver-side height adjustment.

The more SUV-like 4x4-only S10+ model gets a new 7.0-inch touch screen with high-resolution reverse camera and satellite navigation as standard.

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Also new for 2020 is a Pastoral Pack, designed to suit rural, trade and fleet buyers.

Based on a single cab PikUp 4x4 S6+, the pack features a winch-compatible steel bull-bar with bash plate, side brush rails, snorkel, tow-bar, canvas seat covers and vinyl floor.

Now, as before, the PikUp is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel that musters 103kW and 330Nm and drives through a six-speed manual transmission, with dual range capability on 4x4 versions. 

Off-road ability is further enhanced by 210mm ground clearance and a standard Eaton differential lock. 

The hardy PikUp has carved out a reputation for itself as a practical, durable and reliable working vehicle, that’s pitched well below the price of comparable rivals, since arriving on the scene in 2007.

With a starting price of just $23,990 drive-away for the basic 4x2 single cab, rising to $35,990 drive away for the most expensive model, the PikUp undercuts comparable workhorses like the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series, prices of which push well into the mid-$60,000s.</i

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Comparing the four-cylinder turbo-diesel Mahindra to the gutsy V8-powered LandCruiser might be heresy to some, but the latter also started life as a basic and affordable single-cab working vehicle, just as the Mahindra is positioned today. 

Like the LandCruiser, the Mahindra is built on a sturdy and heavy-duty ladder frame chassis, with a competitive payload of up to 1095kg, although the PikUp’s 2.5-tonne braked towing capacity is easily shaded by the ‘Cruiser’s 3.5-tonne limit.  

Of course, Mahindra has a long way to go before it can be considered in the same breath as Toyota for longevity and reliability, but for some users the high purchase price of the LandCruiser ute is making it increasingly unattainable. 

That’s especially the case when the modus operandi of such vehicles is to get knocked around in paddocks or on work sites and, in some cases, driven into the ground. 

With this in mind, Mahindra’s drive-away pricing, standard aluminium tray on single cab models, and five-year 100,000km warranty, with five-year roadside assist and four-year capped price service program, makes for a very compelling offer. 

Drive-away pricing for the new Mahindra PikUp range starts at $23,990 for the single cab 4x2 S6+, rising to  $27,990 for the 4x4 version of same, and topping out at $35,990 for Pastoral Pack, based on a 4x4 S6+. The dual-cab 4x4 S10+ also gets a standard factory tub as part of its $32,990 price drive away price.