With South Africa’s half-tonne bakkie segment limited to just Nissan’s NP200, more and more brands are offering a small panel van alternative. The latest is Mahindra, with its wordily named KUV100 Nxt K2+ #Xprez.
Based on the KUV100 NXT K2+ hatchback, the panel van is converted at Mahindra’s fitment centre in Gauteng. The process includes the addition of a “highly durable” flat load area in the place of the rear bench plus a pair of cargo nets.
Its load capacity is listed as 350 kg, with packing space measuring a claimed 1 350 litres. The side and rear windows have been blanked off, each also gaining metal barriers.
Mahindra SA says it has furthermore added a “safety barrier” fashioned from laser-cut steel mesh between the load area and front seats. A fire extinguisher is also standard, along with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and air conditioning. The company has also fitted a radio and central locking.
As with the standard hatch version, the KUV100 Nxt K2+ #Xprez draws its urge from the company's naturally aspirated 1,2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, which offers 61 kW and 115 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox.
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