Mahindra launches affordable Genio ute
Mahindra has released the 2016 Genio single and dual cab ute with improved styling and functionality in an "overall affordable package"
Powered by the 2.2 litre, four cylinder, turbocharged mHAWK diesel engine the latest Ute models from Mahindra boast a five-speed manual gearbox, and "one of the most spacious cabins in its class".
"The 2016 Genio offers impressive head, shoulder and leg room making it of particular appeal to Australian tradies," says Mahindra Automotive Australia National Sales Manager, Auto Russell Thiele
The intrusion of the engine into the passenger compartment is prevented by a compact design at the front with minimal overhang which effectively increases available space in the cabin.
Also significant are large, uninterrupted door openings for front and rear seat access that make entry and exit easier.
Mahindra has kept to the design parameter of a ute as a working vehicle.
"This ute has been designed with a strong focus on practicality," says Russell Thiele.
"The Genio offers sufficient power and performance with an impressive payload for buyers that want a comfortable work vehicle at a sensible and affordable price."
The Mahindra Genio is available in both single and dual cab variants and in either 4x2 or 4x4.
Each model is powered by the same 2.2 litre, four-cylinder diesel with variable geometry turbocharger that produces 88kW (120bhp) at 4,000 rpm.
Peak torque is 280Nm rated through from 1,800-2,800 rpm.
Gear selection comes only in the form of a five-speed manual transmission, it runs on 215/70R15 tyres on alloy rims (optional) and it offers a fuel tank capacity of 75 litres.
The Genio 4x2 single cab offers a full payload of 1260kg and the dual cab 1100kg. Payload drops100kg for each model if the 4x4 driveline is selected.
Tow weight capacity for a braked trailer is restricted to a maximum of 1800kg.
The cab/chassis versions come with an alloy tray from Queensland manufacturer Triple MMM.
It sports 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 and the GVM is 2980kg.
In line with normal conventional ute suspension systems, the Genio uses a double wishbone, front independent design with coil springs.
At the rear, the semi-elliptical multi-leaf springs provide a well-controlled ride through the variations of light load to fully laden operation. Brakes are disc front and drum rear.
The fitment of 15-inch rims and tyres means a low tray deck height of 910mm unladen, reducing the need to lift cargo higher than waist level.
This facilitates easy reach of the cargo from either side or the rear of the tray.
From a safety perspective there are SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, side intrusion beams in the door construction, crash protection and crumple zones incorporated in the design.
The on-board Digital Drive Assist System (DDAS), trip meter and data indicator (Dual Cab Only), covers a wide range of information displayed in a central binnacle on the dashboard.
Information highlighted includes interior and exterior ambient temperature, date and time, speed, fuel consumption and gear ratio selected.
Interior stowage areas are particularly useful, with a slide-out tray under the driver’s seat, plus storage space under the rear seat squab on dual cab variants to locate clothing, tools and other items.
"The 2016 Genio really holds its own against competitors by setting out to provide functionality and practicality in an affordable overall package," Russell Thiele says.
"With the best in class interior space and high-level of standard equipment the Genio looks set to become a firm favourite with Aussie tradies."
Other standard features of the 2016 Mahindra Genio
- Collapsible steering column,
- ABS braking.
- Air conditioning,
- Power steering,
- Central locking,
- Cruise control,
- Power windows and
- Audio controls mounted on the steering wheel are standard
- Optional Bluetooth phone accessory which operates through a push button control on the dashboard.
The Mahindra Genio single cab, base model 4x2 cab chassis, including heavy duty aluminium tray has a drive-away price of $19,990. Add $3500 for the4x4 driveline
The drive-away price structure for the 4x2 dual cab chassis and ute models is identical at $24,990 plus $3500 for the 4x4 upgrade.
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