Mahindra has upgraded its S6 and S10 double cab Pik Up models, bringing their design in line with the new S11 Automatic Double Cab flagship and boosting their bakkie value offering.
The most visible change to these models is the larger seven-slat grille, large, chromed Mahindra logo, clear headlamps (now standard across the range) and round fog lights in a redesigned lower bumper.
After first launching the new front-end on the S11, Mahindra also introduced it on the upgraded Scorpio, which shares the same underpinnings. This bumper design, with its integrated round fog lights, was also recently added to the range-topping S6 single cab.
With this upgrade, all models, except the Pik Up Karoo, feature Mahindra’s redesigned bolt-on cab protector. The cab protector has been redesigned to be sturdier and allows for additional tie-down spots. The Karoo models retain their custom-designed styling and nudge bars with Karoo detailing.
“The Pik Up range is making new fans every month, and our South African assembly facility can barely keep up with the demand,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
Inside the cabin, all single- and double-cab models from the S6 specification level upwards now feature cruise control and electrically adjustable outside rear-view mirrors as standard.
The S10 Double Cab received the same 7” infotainment system with capacitive touch screen and integrated reverse camera that is available on the S11 model. This system has been upgraded to the most recent set of navigation maps and language pack for South Africa.
The drivetrain options stay. the same with the 103 kW mHawk turbodiesel engine.
Competitors include more entry-level models from the established brands like Toyota, Mazda, Isuzu and Ford and especially Nissan’s NP300 and newcomers from Chinese brands like JAC, JMC and GWM.
Pricing (October 2020):
S4 4x2 SC (R212 499), S4 4x2 SC (R219 499), S4 4x2 SC Dropside (R224 499), S4 4x2 SC Dropside (R231 499), S4 4x4 SC (R251 499), S6 4x2 SC (R266 499) and the S6 4x4 SC (R311 499).
S6 4x2 DC (R322 499), S6 4x2 DC Karoo (R336 499), S6 4x4 DC (R354 499), S10 4x2 DC (R356 499), S6 4x4 DC Karoo (R366 499), S10 4x2 DC Karoo (R364 499), S10 4x4 DC (R388 499), S10 4x4 DC Karoo (R394 499), S11 4x2 DC (R384 999), S11 4x2 DC Karoo (R399 999), S11 4x4 DC (R414 999) and the S11 4x4 DC Karoo (R429 999).
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