Mahindra and Mahindra has a strong reputation in Indian markets for passenger cars and also as maker of mini trucks and utility vehicles for both personal and commercial use. These vehicles are exported overseas to markets like Australia, Africa along with North and South America. Though pick-ups are not very popular in India and hardly find buyers, these vehicles are the preferred mode of transport in far flung farm areas across Australia and America. Since it has a sizeable dealer-base in Australia, Mahindra has remodeled its Scorpio into open pickup vans with both single and double cabs to accommodate larger number of vehicles. Mahindra has presented the remodeled dual cab pickup van as a lifestyle vehicle for off road trips in India and has christened it as Scorpio Getaway.
Since the Scorpio Getaway was designed for overseas markets it is available in both 2WD and 4WD drive options and has latest safety and security features as per international standards. Besides this Mahindra has designed Bolero Camper with single cabin and high ground clearance ideal for off road adventures and is available with both AC and Non-AC versions. To keep up this momentum Mahindra is also working on developing a new pickup of global standards that will be sold only in western nations. The car will be fitted with high powered diesel engine capable of churning out power above 150 bhp ideal for highways and long cross country drives. This pick-up is likely to be made in collaboration with its research and development teams in Denver and India so that it meets international standards.
According to a recent statement by Mahindra’s senior executive in Australia the new Pik-Up will be based on Scorpio/Bolero platform and will adhere to international level 5 star rating to maintain its reputation among existing international models in these markets. Therefore it will have monocoque chassis with long body and both 2WD and 4WD driving options. Since no pictures are available about this proposed car we can be sure that in keeping with Mahindra’s reputation the Pik-up will have sporty exteriors with roof headlamps and strong railings on rear side. To help it manage rough roads and mountain terrain this pickup will be provided with strong suspension and powerful brakes along with loading deck to pack camping gear and necessary equipment.
As per information provided by Go-Auto, Mahindra will start exporting this Pik-up by 2016 to Australia and America. Since its current XUV500 model with manual transmission is witnessing subdued sales in Australia, Mahindra will be exporting the automatic transmission model by end of 2014 which is enjoying good demand in Algeria. The XUV 500 is a large sports utility vehicle capable of seating 7 – 8 passengers’ and has body colored bumpers with large frontal grille and 15 inch alloy wheels. To expand its sales network in Australia Mahindra will be increasing its dealer network from existing 30 to around 50 by 2016 which will particularly focus on markets in Southern and Western Australia. Along with Scorpio Getaway, Mahindra also sells Genio as a pickup for trading sector particular for mining and farming.