Mahindra South Africa has added four self-shifting variants to its Pik Up range, offering the new S11-badged double-cab models with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Interestingly, South Africa is the first country in the world to receive the new automatic versions of the bakkie.
The local arm of the Indian firm has mated its new six-speed automatic gearbox to the familiar 2,2-litre mHawk turbodiesel unit, which churns out 103 kW and 320 N.m. The new gearbox is offered on 4x2 and 4x4 variants, either in S11 guise or flagship S11 Karoo form.
The S11 is a new trim level that slots in at the very top of the range, above the existing S6 and S10 models. All S11-badged bakkies feature a fresh grille design, tweaked headlamps and updated foglamps. In addition to the design changes up front, the S11 Pik Up features colour-coded side mirrors (with integrated indicators) and a reversing camera (a first for the range), along with a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with navigation) and automatic climate control.
Karoo models furthermore gain special decals, a black nudge bar, a black styling bar, "off-road-ready" alloys and a roller-deck system covering the rubberised load bay.
“South Africa is the first country in the world to officially launch the all-new Pik Up automatic, which is only fitting, since it was the test bed for this model. There has been an overwhelming demand for an automatic transmission in our bakkie range, and we believe we have the perfect answer with the S11 and S11 Karoo AT,” said Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
A four-year/120 000 km warranty is included on all new variants, along with a five-year/90 000 km service plan.
Mahindra Pik Up DC S11 2,2D 4x2 AT: R384 999
Mahindra Pik Up DC S11 2,2D 4x4 AT: R414 999
Mahindra Pik Up DC S11 Karoo 2,2D 4x2 AT: R399 999
Mahindra Pik Up DC S11 Karoo 2,2D 4x4 AT: R429 999
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