IMPROVED styling (by previous standards) and greater value for the Australian ute buyer are the order of the day for the 2016 version of the Mahindra Genio, aimed squarely at working tradies with a singe cab, dual cab and cab chassis version.
Powered by the 2.2 litre four cylinder turbocharged mHAWK diesel engine with a five-speed manual gearbox, the Genio offers one of the most spacious cabins in its class, with impressive head, shoulder and leg room.
With its compact frontal design and minimal overhang the Genio takes full advantage of being able to minimise engine intrusion into the passenger compartment, increasing available space in the cabin. Also significant are the large, uninterrupted door openings for front and rear seat access that makes entry and exit much easier than many other popular ute designs.
Available in single cab and dual cab variants and in 4×2 and 4×4, the four cylinder diesel with variable geometry turbocharger produces 88kW with torque of 280Nm, with a fuel tank capacity of 75 litres.
The Genio offers a full 1260kg load capacity for the single cab in 4×2 form and 1100kg for the dual cab, dropping 100kg for each model if the 4×4 drive-line is selected. The tow weight capacity for a braked trailer is restricted to a maximum of 1800kg.
The cab/chassis versions come with a high quality alloy tray from Queensland manufacturer Triple MMM, with tray dimensions of 2700 x 1777mm for the single cab and 1950mm length x 1777mm in width for the double cab. The removable drop-sides and tailgate are 250mm in height.
The single cab, base model 4×2 cab chassis, including base heavy duty aluminium tray has a drive-away price of $19,990, with the 4×4 driveline adding a further $3,500. The drive-away price structure for the 4×2 dual cab chassis and ute models is identical at $24,990, plus the $3500 upgrade to 4×4.