Utility with flair

MAHINDRA South Africa has introduced a new version of its Genio single-cab pick-up. The single-cab Genio Plus joins the existing line-up of single-cab and double-cab Genio models, but features an extended list of standard features to elevate its appeal even further.

The Genio Plus is based on the reliable and hardy Genio single cab that has already proven its workhorse credentials. As such, it retains the aerodynamic cab design, comfortable and well-equipped interior, and the large corrugated cargo box, with a carrying capacity in excess of 1 000 kg.

Adding further appeal to those talents is a package of extras that includes a front bull bar, rear bumper, side steps, a front cab-mounted roll bar and a rear, tailgate-side roll bar, all supplied by LA Sport. In addition, the cargo box is rubberised, while the Genio Plus rides on smart alloy wheels.

These additional features add further value and functionality to the standard Genio’s extensive talents, while highlighting that there’s more to this versatile vehicle than utility.

An independent, double-wishbone front suspension, coupled to a leaf-sprung rear suspension, delivers an optimum combination of car-like ride quality and cargo carrying capacity.

The spacious cabin is also more reminiscent of a car than a utility vehicle. The two, individual seats feature comfortable, durable cloth upholstery, while the stylish dashboard is home to a full complement of instruments.
The white-faced dials are ergonomically grouped together in a binnacle ahead of the driver, and clearly visible through the generously proportioned steering wheel. A centre console is fitted with dual cup holders, while a centrally mounted digital clock is located above the generous air vents.

The centre stack is occupied by a double-DIN audio system incorporating a FM Stereo receiver, CD player, SD card slot and USB flash drive socket. The system is also MP3 capable.

The Genio Plus boasts an extensive standard equipment list that includes electrically adjustable windows and exterior mirrors, fog lamps, air-conditioning, central locking and power steering. An ABS anti-lock braking system ensures safe emergency braking.

Powering the Genio Plus is Mahindra’s mHawk 2,2-litre common-rail turbodiesel engine. The four-cylinder unit has a maximum output of 88 kW at 4 000 r/min, linked to a torque peak of 290 Nm sustained between 1 800 and 2 600 r/min. Drive is to the rear wheels via a slick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox.

Combined-cycle fuel consumption is an impressive 7,9 litres/100 km, allowing an operating range in excess of 900 km from the 74-litre fuel tank. Consumption drops to just 7,1 litres/100 km during open-road cruising. The CO2 emissions rating 210 g/km.