Long-term test (Introduction): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4×4 S10
After a month without a bakkie, I am back on track with the latest version of Mahindra’s double cab. Formally called the Scorpio Pik Up – it is based on the Scorpio SUV – this S10 version comes with four-wheel drive and low range. Knowing the duties that lay in store, we requested a towbar and suggested rubberising the load bay for all the work envisaged. Side steps were added, too; not a bad feature due to the raised height of this bakkie.
I had returned from a launch on a public holiday and hopped right in, packed for a weekend up the West Coast and headed off after inserting a USB stick and a CD, plus pairing my phone. I punched in the destination and, at first, it said, “Not recognised.” Then I noticed I first had to tell the system in which country I was. Now that’s impressive. Perhaps a trip through Africa is on the cards?
Travelling at a true speed of about 110 km/h (the speedometer over-reads by 4%) into a northerly wind meant the fuel consumption wasn’t great but the trip back saw an improvement, again taking it easy. The engine is flexible – much quieter than the original Scorpio units – and the gearbox is precise with a short throw, notwithstanding a longish lever.
A narrow sand road not far from the beach was the ideal environment in which to conduct an initial test of the Pik Up’s capabilities. The sand became quite soft in places and I stopped to test the pull-away from standstill.
After stalling the engine because first gear is quite tall, I switched to low range and from there it was a breeze. Some of the sand was so soft that it felt as if the handbrake was still engaged and it required plenty of throttle in the first three gears to avoid getting stuck on an incline. This was with the tyres fully inflated, though, and it’s important to remember these JK Elanzo tyres are all-terrain biased.
One of the features that has come in handy is the ability to deactivate the auto lights and wipers if desired. I dislike auto wipers for false sweeps caused by sand but, as there is no intermittent setting, I’ve chosen to activate them when it rains lightly. This then performs the intermittent action automatically and effectively.
A farm trip has already been ticked off, with 500 kg of goods loaded and this smoothed the firm ride a little. I noticed there was minimal sagging in the rear suspension; a good sign as, no doubt, in the coming year the Mahindra will carry even heavier loads.
After 1 month
Current Mileage: 740 km
Average fuel consumption: 10,18 L/100 km
We like: positive-feeling gearbox
We don’t like: large turning circle