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Mahindra revamps its double-cab Pik Up as a cheap-but-reliable alternative to premium contenders...

Back in October 2006 when we tested the first-generation Mahindra Scorpio Pik-up double cab, we came away suitably impressed. Despite the fact that it preferred cruising at 100 km/h rather than 120 km/h, and possessed refinement levels that were relatively low, what counter-balanced this was impressive interior space, ruggedness, fuel economy and an easy-going nature. Now, 14 years after Mahindra and Mahindra began trading in South Africa, the second generation has been launched in this country, and the Scorpio moniker has been dropped; the vehicle is now known simply as the Mahindra Pik Up.

To call it an all-new vehicle would be stretching things a little. Based on the same platform as the previous generation, the exterior changes constitute more of a substantial facelift than brand-new elements. The rear of the vehicle is much the same as its predecessor’s, whereas the front receives a new nose treatment that features a more modern, expressive grille, along with projector headlamps, LED running lights and cornering lamps.

With the modern double cab often employed as a family or leisure vehicle, such a vehicle’s interior treatment has become an important consideration. With that in mind, the Scorpio’s light cockpit colour scheme has been swapped for more sophisticated dark charcoal/black upholstery and facia trim. The instrumentation is much improved, too, with white-on-black numerals illuminated by blue lighting and a centrally sited trip-computer screen. In this flagship S10 derivative, there’s also a touchscreen on the facia that includes sat-nav and Bluetooth, although we found it difficult to read in bright sunlight. A few testers also noted that they often had to execute a double-finger push to get the screen to react.

Standard-fitment items on this model include auto lighting and wipers and, curiously, you can deactivate these functions with facia-mounted buttons. Headlamps are adjustable for height and so is the steering column, but unfortunately there is no reach adjustment. Passenger safety has also been improved and the rear bench gets triple three-point seatbelts, along with Isofix anchor points on the outer seats. Whereas the previous model had no airbags, dual items are now fitted, as is ABS with EBD.

Because they sit on bulky ladder-frame chassis, many double cabs have a high floor, which necessitates dropping the seats in order to provide passengers with sufficient headroom. This bum-on-the-floor, legs-stretched-out position might be good for performance cars, but it’s not ideal in a bakkie with no additional room to put your feet or to enjoy the comfort of sufficient under-thigh support. Not so with the Pik Up. There is even some space under the seats to stow goods. Initial impressions were that there wasn’t sufficient kneeroom for rear passengers, but the rear cushions are quite long, so the space is there.

There are a few niggles, though. The rear seats are sited too high, so taller folk have visibility out of the vehicle obstructed by the roof line, and the backrest is uncomfortably upright. Although the roof is high, the body is a little on the narrow side, so the doors are close to your arms and there is insufficient space for water bottle holders in the small door pockets. Lastly, given the Pik Up’s size, we would have liked some rear parking sensors to help manoeuvre this large bakkie in and out of parking spaces.

The most significant upgrade to the Pik Up rests under the bonnet. This new-generation double cab gets Mahindra’s excellent 2,2-litre mHawk engine and a six-speed gearbox taken from the XUV500 SUV range (and that means we know this drivetrain well after running a XUV500 in our long-term fleet for most of 2017). Power leaps from 74 to 103 kW and the engine is much more refined than its predecessor.

This new 2,2-litre pulls cleanly from 1 600 r/min (and resists stalling right down to 1 000 r/min) and 120 km/h cruising is now easily achieved thanks to the increased power. Sprint acceleration is not the most important aspect in a bakkie, but overtaking grunt is useful, and even with the limited power, the torque gets you past most traffic quickly enough. The stop/start function is rather abrupt and we preferred to save the starter motor some heavy PT and keep the engine spinning.

Fortunately, no changes have been made to the steering, which displays well-considered weighting, while the gearlever has a clean, mechanical action through the six forward ratios. As is often the case with vehicles like this, the turning circle is particularly poor.

On tar, the ride quality is moderately composed, although it errs on the firm side. It did, however, improve when a fully packed load bay settled the rear suspension somewhat. We did some driving on mountain roads as well and found first gear is too tall to prevent stalling, with a switch to low range required. Large rocks were not a problem, though, thanks to the 210 mm ground clearance.

The load bay is definitely geared towards hard work. The vehicle has a payload of 995 kg and plenty of practical tie-down hooks welded to the top of the bay, providing multiple options for securing loads without having to get to low-mounted eyes that may be hidden after loading. The standard protector bars behind the cabin are useful as additional tie-down spots and supplement the multiple ears round the bay. We made good use of these to firmly keep in place a variety of goods, including chairs, a table, irrigation piping and boxes full of clothing. The Pik Up also makes a decent towing vehicle with a rating of 2 500 kg.

Towing and a packed load bay do naturally have an impact on fuel consumption, but travelling at the national speed limit with a load on board (during a strong Cape Southeaster, too), we registered an average fuel-consumption figure of just more than 10,0 L/100 km. That’s especially impressive given the Pik Up’s less-than-aerodynamic profile. Wind noise around the side mirrors and doors seals, however, is certainly noticeable.
Long-term test (Introduction): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 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

Long-term test (Update 1): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 S10
The Mahindra Pik Up is still doing its job without fuss or fanfare as it conveys goods and passengers in Cape Town and to the farm over weekends.

While I’ve been impressed with the array of tie-down hooks around the load bay, as well as the large lip which can be used for further connection points, unfortunately there are no tie-down eyes on the floor. This would be very handy to secure goods that are lower than the top of the bay.

The engine is easy-going, flexible, difficult to stall and can handle low revs, even idling along in sixth at around 50 km/h without the driver needing to use the throttle. Cruise control adds to the comfort as you rest your feet on the spacious floor with your elbows on the armrests; ideal for long journeys.

The gearbox has one of the best shift actions in a bakkie. The phrase used to be “knife through butter” but, these days, it’s more like “flicking a light switch” with a light, positive, mechanical feel. The Pik Up does have a rather large turning circle, though, which requires careful manoeuvring when parking.

The JK Elanzo tyres are not a brand well known in South Africa but they are coping well with the sharp rocks on my farm that have caused a number of punctures on various vehicles in the last few years. The low-fuel lamp comes on when there is still more than 100 km available before the tank runs dry and generally over 800 km on a tank is the norm.

Recently, a warning light has illuminated on the display screen indicating it’s time for a service. Intervals used to be 5 000 km but this has recently been extended to 10 000 km, so I’ll pop in at the local dealer to have the computer reset until the service is due in November.

After 4 months
Current Mileage:
4 809 km
Average fuel consumption:
8,96 L/100 km
We like:
 cornering lamps; high seating position
We don’t like:
 stop/start; large turning circle

Long-term test (Update 2): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 S10
The first thing I do after starting up the Mahindra is switch the start/stop off. I leave the auto wipers on, however, as well as the auto-lights button. The only problem with this function is that you cannot use high beam. Strangely, the auto lights must be deactivated in order to do this. That aside, it’s testament to how well equipped this Mahindra is. The Pik Up stands tall and has high-mounted seating, which gives great visibility. Allied to that, cruise control provides a relaxing drive, although there is slight hunting as the system maintains a steady speed.
If only parking the Pik Up was so easy … the lack of parking sensors or a camera means cautious manoeuvering is necessary.

After 5 months
Current Mileage:
6 135 km
Average fuel consumption:
8,92 L/100 km

Long-term test (Update 3): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 S10
I often stop at Agrimark in Rawsonville with an already fully loaded Mahindra for some purchases and there is always a farmer or two inspecting the Pik Up while I’m shopping.
On the latest trip, I had 600 kg of animal feed in the load bay, which had minimal effect on the steering and resulted in a more settled ride. I have also discovered an unusual benefit of the low-range function. When teaching a learner driver, it helps to eliminate stalling while making crawling-speed progress. This allowed my teenage daughter to get the hang of steering and shifting gears while driving slowly on the farm.

After 6 months
Current Mileage:
7 350 km
Average fuel consumption:
8,81 L/100 km

Long-term test (Update 4): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 S10
I recently had to load a fridge/freezer, gas stove and a 13 kg top-loader washing machine onto the back of the Mahindra and all these bulky items fitted in one go. Apart from the gas stove, these then had to be transported to the farm which is more than two hours from Cape Town. Because I had to load 500 kg of horse feed as well, I decided to add the old Venter trailer to help out. When towing a trailer (a caravan is a whole different story), I drive quite a bit slower so as not to push up the fuel consumption too much and, impressively, the load had very little impact on the Pik Up’s drinking habits. At 8,80 L/100 km, its fuel usage is impressive.

As if this was not enough for one day, we also added some wood and steel windows, and moved them to storage for use later when a house is built at the farm. I am grateful Mahindra SA coated the load bay with a polyurethane lining as there is not a scratch or blemish even with the many bulky items I have transported. It’s also worth getting this option to maintain the good looks of your bakkie.

There are many tie-down fixtures in the large load bay but all are located high up to the sides. If there were a few on the floor of the bay, this would allow the easy securing of smaller goods with straps.

The Pik Up (and the trailer) then had a break for a week or two while my back recovered from all the loading. It was soon business as usual, however, when I transported a set of heavy, deep-cycle batteries, a task which proved no challenge for the dependable Pik Up.

Then came a request to collect a dozen hay bales from a local farm. Again, the large and deep load bay took the bulk well and we proceeded to offload into the storage container while trying to keep the horses from tucking in for a free meal. They were allowed to devour the “crumbs”, however.

After 7 months
Current Mileage:
8 450 km
Average fuel consumption:
8,80 L/100 km

Long-term test (Update 5): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 S10
Compared with most bakkies, the Pik Up has two standout features. Aft passengers appreciate the ample legroom and high seating posi- tion, coupled with the large glass area affording a safari-like view of the countryside. What’s more, the low-down thrust of the turbo (from just above 1 000 r/min) provides a satisfying kick, which some of the Mahindra’s rivals don’t offer.

I’ve had one small mishap, however. During a tight parking manoeuvre, one of the plastic wheel-hub covers suffered a scratch. The Pik Up will soon have its 10 000 km service and, hopefully, get a replacement cover.
After 8 months
Current Mileage:
9 575 km
Average fuel consumption:
8,80 L/100 km

Long-term test (Update 6): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 S10

One of the biggest recent inclinations in Cape Town has been buying water tanks. Not a day goes by that you don’t see big canisters being transported to their new homes to wait patiently for the skies to release that most precious of gifts: rain. The Pik Up has done much more than its fair share for this noble cause. I have lost count, but at least eight tanks have been delivered to the homes of friends and colleagues, and to my own house.
The trick is to buy only up to 2 500-litre tanks, as these fit quite easily into the load bay. Any bigger would not work. Also, these tanks are light and manoeuvrable enough to be loaded by just two people. I even transported an open 1 000-litre tank to the farm to be used as a splash pool for the children. This I jokingly dubbed a “Bakkuzzi”, albeit an obviously empty one. I have some more backbreaking deliveries to organise including a dining room table and chairs, yet another bookcase and ... a piano. This is not going to be easy and I can see trailer hire will be required despite the Mahindra’s generous load bay.

With a bakkie always popular with colleagues needing the space, what I was warned might happen eventually did. The roof-mounted antenna is inflexible and, coupled with the Pik Up’s tall profile, means reversing in a covered parking lot is not advisable. While I did my best to watch out for this, I did not pass on sufficient warning to others on the team and it is now an ex-antenna. Surprisingly, the FM band still works just fine. It doesn’t help to completely flatten the antenna to just above the roof as turbulence causes it to knock the metal.

After 9 months
Current Mileage:
12 201 km
Average fuel consumption:
8,95 L/100 km
We like:
thoroughly enjoyable gearshift
We don’t like:
inflexible antenna
Long-term test (Update 7): Mahindra Pik Up DC 2,2 CRDE 4x4 S10

TEMPUS fugit (time flies) and my time with the Pik Up is drawing to a close. This has me pondering what I am going to miss most about the big double-cab bakkie from India.

Surprisingly, at the top of my list is the six-speed manual gear- box. I say this because automatic transmissions are all the rage and manual vehicles seem to be slowly heading for extinction. With the majority of my driving taking place in traffic as the roads become more congested, there is no doubt an automatic is the way to go. Yet, for various reasons, including an easily modulated clutch and smooth, fuss-free shift, I have not once wished the shift was automatic, even when doing a school run.

The one thing I always do when driving the big Mahindra is switch off the stop/start function, as it is quite abrupt in its action and, curiously (something we’ve noticed on other Mahindras, too), doesn’t always disengage immediately. Frequently firing up a sizeable diesel engine doesn’t seem like a good idea, either, not to mention the wear on the flywheel ring gear.

Another feature I often use is cruise control. Many of my weekend journeys are on quieter roads so I get to relax my right foot regularly, but Mahindra’s system is not perfect; it tends to hunt as it tries to maintain a constant speed.

Due to the extended overhang at the rear, the multi-pin towbar connector gets slightly knocked out of position every time I care- fully negotiate a particular dip on the farm but so far, the metal mounting plate to which the connector is attached is holding up perfectly well, testament to the vehicle’s overall quality.

Aside from these small gripes, life with the Pik Up has been a joy thus far. And the fuel consumption has remained steady below 9,0 L/100 km, which is impressive for a big pick-up resigned to spending most its life in an urban locale.

After 10 months
Current Mileage:
13 650 km
Average fuel consumption:
8,97 L/100 km
We like:
seat comfort; armrests
We don’t like:
hunting cruise control

Long-term test (Update 8): Mahindra Pik Up 2,2 CRDe DC 4x4 S10

The Pik Up’s remarkable outward visibility comes courtesy of a high seating position accompanied by a tall roof which allows for a large glass area. The only downside of the slab-sided design is the drag factor when driving at higher speeds into a strong southeaster. Slower trips around town actually result in better consumption than at cruising altitudes thanks to the diesel power not fighting bluff aerodynamics. 

After rain, water tends to collect in the load bay and the Pik Up has to be driven to force this water to the rear to drain, otherwise your next load is going to get wet. 

After 11 months
Current Mileage:
 14 275 km
Average fuel consumption:
 8,95 L/100 km


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Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Cloth upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 2
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front + rear
  • Central locking: remote
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Fuel range average: 988 km
  • Driven wheels: all
  • Driven wheels quantity: 4
  • All wheel drive: part-time
  • Gearratios quantity: 6
  • Lowrange: Standard
  • Gearshift: manual
  • Transmission type: manual
  • Diff lock: rear
  • Front tyres: 245/75 R16
  • Reartyres: 245/75 R16
  • Spare wheel size full: Standard
  • Length: 5175 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1820 mm
  • Height: 1942 mm
  • Wheel base: 3040 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 210 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 13.4 m
  • Approach angle: 34.0
  • Break over ramp angle: 18.0
  • Departure angle: 15.0
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 2150 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 995
  • Gross weight (GVM): 3150 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 750
  • Towing capacity - braked: 2500
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 80l
  • Fuel consumption average: 8.1 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 221g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: EU 2
  • Power maximum: 103 kW
  • Power maximum total: 103 kW
  • Power peak revs: 3750 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 41 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 320 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1500-2800 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 320 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 149 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: n/as
  • Maximum top speed: n/a km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 2179 cc
  • Engine size: 2.2l
  • enginedetailshort: 2.2TD
  • Engine + detail: 2.2 turbo diesel
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 4
  • Warranty distance (km): 120000 km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 5
  • Service plan time (distance): 90000 km
  • Roadside assistance time: 4
  • Service interval (distance): 20000 km
  • Brand: Mahindra
  • Status: c
  • Segment: LCV
  • MMcode: 41514116
  • MMVariant: PIK UP 2.2 mHAWK S10 4X4 P/U D/C
  • MMintrodat: 2017-10-03
  • Introdate: 2017-10-12
  • DuoportarecordID: MahiPikU2d2

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