Late in 2018, Mahindra South Africa added a “Karoo Edition” S6 derivative to its Pik Up range. And now the SA arm of the Indian automaker has rolled out a second locally built “Karoo Edition” double-cab variant, this time based on the flagship S10 trim level.
Of course, the S10 specification level already includes items such as satellite navigation, cruise control and a multi-function steering wheel, while the limited-edition Karoo package adds blacked-out alloy wheels, a black nudge bar and a black roll bar.
Mahindra has also thrown in a tonneau cover, flared rear wheel arches (to complement those up front) and a wind deflector kit for the windows. The special edition model is offered in either white or silver.
The S10 Karoo Edition is priced at R337 999 in 4×2 guise and R368 999 in 4×4 form, representing increases of R5 000 over the standard S10 derivatives. A four-year/120 000 km warranty and five-year/90 000 km service plan are included in the price.
“The Mahindra Pik Up S10 Karoo Edition is an encore to the special S6 Karoo Edition, which was launched in December last year and which sold out very quickly. With the higher S10 specification level, this model is sure to sell out as fast,” said Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
“The special Karoo Edition of our S10 Pik Up will be available in limited numbers and will be immediately identifiable thanks to a larger decal set that stretches from edge to edge between the wheel arches.”
Interestingly, Mahindra SA says it will allow buyers to choose between the Karoo Edition cosmetic package and a colour-coded canopy. This effectively means you can opt for the S10 Karoo Edition or an S10 with a white or silver colour-coded Beekman canopy for the same price.
Gupta added the first batch of S10 Karoo Edition Pik Up model had already been “completely taken up by dealers”, revealing that the firm would assemble a second consignment at its new facility in KwaZulu-Natal.
“While we want to keep the numbers limited to add to the Karoo Edition’s appeal, we have listened to our dealers who report that the initial demand far outstrips supply.
“Even with the additional specifications, the S10 Pik Up Karoo Edition is still one of the most affordable quality double-cab bakkies on the market. And with our South African plant now fully operational, we can ensure that every Pik Up is perfectly suited to local market needs,” said Gupta.