JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – An all-new Mahindra Pik Up S11 six-speed auto is on the way from India to south Africa after extended durability testing on the Gerotek test tracks west of Pretoria.
It will be the current brand flagship.
Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra SA, told The Corner in a media release: ”South Africa will be first to launch the all-new Pik Up auto. There has been demand for an automatic transmission in our bakkie range so we have reacted with the imminent arrival of the S11 and S11 Karoo a/t.”
The auto is said to be a ”next-generation” being used for the first time on this model. It has sequential self-shifting and is mated, in 4×4 models, to a gradient-descent feature that uses engine and brakes for cruise-control managed slow descents.
Mahindra says the transmission will giver ”near-imperceptible” shifts and use the 320Nm of torque from the turbodiesel engine while engine-mapping has been tuned to work perfectly with cruise control.
For now the auto will only be available in double-cab Pik Ups and will come with a ”luxury”specification.
Rajesh Gupta added: “Our market research shows customers often prefer an auto box in a double-cab to be used as a ‘lifestyle’ vehicle so we combined the auto transmission with a very high level of equipment to take care of every customer’s preferences.”
The new S11 spec has, for instance, a new grille and bumpers, colour-matched external mirrors/indicators, and a previously unavailable reversing camera.
AIRCON ALL ROUND
New gear in the cabin includes a 19cm touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, entertainment, vehicle information screens, and satnav.
All S11 models will have aircon and a multi-function steering-wheel to control infotainment, phone, and cruise control two crash mitigation bags, 12V power points front and rear , traction control, power windows and auto locking.
All S11 units will have a four-cylinder, 2.2-litre, mHawk turbodiesel engine fed by common-rail injection to deliver 103kW at 3750rpm and 320Nm from 1500-2800rpm. Fuel consumption is listed as a possible 7.9 litres/100km.
Mahindra launched the Karoo Special Edition in late 2018 to celebrate the successful opening of its Durban plant.
Further features include door and side decals, a rubberised load bed, custom alloy wheel rims, 210mm ground clearance, approach angle of 34 degrees, departure angle 15 degrees and breakover angle of 18 degrees.
The suspension is listed as ”heavy duty” which allows the 4×2 double-cab to carry 1095kg, the 4×4 units 995kg. The load bed is double-walled – any load-created loadbed damage won’t be seen from the outside.
The Pik Up double-cab range is certified to tow a braked trailer of up to 2500kg and all double cab models are fitted with a mechanical differential lock developed with Eaton and having complete lock-up between the rear wheels when there is a loss of traction over challenging ground.
Also added are approach and recovery bumpers and optional rock-sliders can be fitted under warranty by any Mahindra dealer or at Mahindra’s new Special Fitments Centre in Gauteng.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Pik Up S6 4×4 – R312 499
Pik Up S6 4×2 – Karoo R322 499
Pik Up S6 4×4 – R342 499
Pik Up S6 4×4 – Karoo R352 499
Pik Up S10 4×2 – R347 499
Pik Up S10 4×2 – Karoo R352 499
Pik Up S10 4×4 – R377 499
Pik Up S10 4×4 – Karoo R382 499
Pik Up S11 a/t 4×2 – R384 999
Pik Up S11 4×2 Karoo a/t – R399 999
Pik Up S11 a/t 4×4 – R414 999
Pik Up S11 4×4 Karoo a/t – R429 999
The all-new S11 auto and S11 Karoo auto will be delivered with a four-year or 120 000km technical warranty (whichever comes first), free roadside assistance, and a five-year or 100 000km (wcf) service plan.
The first lubrication service will be at 10 000km, then every 20 000km.