2018 Mahindra Scorpio `Pik Up´ (Next-Gen) Looks Assuring

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The new Scorpio pickup has been launched in South Africa recently.

A majority of our Indian folks think that pickups are suited only for construction workers. Yet, there is a minuscule fan base for them in India too, me included. They are nice to be indulged in fantasies, may it be a scenic hill resort trip with a bicycle on its bed, or dirty off-roading trail. But, there is hardly any exciting things happening around in the niche segment in the domestic market, except for the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, which is again almost two years old!

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In South African market, Mahindra has launched the next-generation Scorpio-based pickup truck `Pik Up´. With updated front and rear fascia akin to the present-generation Mahindra Scorpio SUV, the company has brought out the refreshed pickup model after three long years. In Indian market, the company is still selling the last-generation pre-facelift `Getaway´ in BS 4 avatar. Looks wise, the Pik up is far more attractive and muscular than the outgoing styling, thanks to the stunning “fiery eyes” frontal design with twin-headlamps, chrome-slat grille, and new wrap-around bumper. Otherwise, the truck is more or less the same as the previous model.

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New Mahindra pickup will be locally manufactured in South Africa from next year, with semi-knocked down kits (SKDs) sourced from India

The interiors of the new 2018 Pik Up are also revised, similar to that of the new Scorpio. Goodies inside the cabin includes automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation, keyless entry, and cruise control. Mahindra is offering both single-cab and double-cab cab styles in the South African market, along with an open-sided roof-less version for wildlife safari tourism. The payload capacity for the single-cab version is 1,195 kgs, while it is 1,095 for the double-cab variant, with a towing capacity of  2,500 kg (braked) or 750 kg (unbraked) applicable for both.

Powering the new Pik Up is the familiar 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine generating 138.07 hp (103 kW) of max power at 3,750 rpm and 320 Nm of peak torque between 1,500-2,800 rpm. It is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, while a four-wheel drive system also available both the cab styles. The micro-hybrid Start/Stop system is also available.

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In terms of safety, the South-African spec Scorpio pickup is equipped with dual airbags and ABS with EBD. The steering column is collapsible, while crumple zones at key points absorb most of the impact in case of a collision, says Mahindra. The pricing of the single-cab Pik Up starts at R 1,87,995 (INR 9.10 Lakhs), while the double-cab variant costs around R 3,24,995 (INR 15.74 Lakhs) in South Africa. The pickups will be locally manufactured at the African nation from next year, with semi-knocked down kits (SKDs) sourced from India.

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Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Dhiyanesh is equally crazy about driving cars and writing about them. This guy loves everything with a steering wheel, so, at someday if self-driving cars take up all driving, he is sure to go nuts! He likes sedans of 90s era, esp W140 S-Class and R34 Skyline GT. Apart from usual motoring stuffs, he maintains a strong appetite for sociological perspectives on cars, their historical and cultural footprints. He owns a 1999 Fiat Siena passionately, and drives a Ford Fiesta.