Mahindra brings the Genio to Australia, with solid payloads and a practical design.
Mahindra has released the 2016 Genio single cab, dual cab and cab/chassis utes in Australia and is targeting the tradie looking for a practical workhorse.
The Genio is powered by an mHAWK 2.2 litre, four-cylinder diesel with variable geometry turbocharger that produces 88kW and 280Nm. Cog swapping is taken care of by a 5-speed manual gearbox, there is no auto option. Each variant is available with either 4X2 or 4X4 drivetrains.
Design-wise the Genio boasts a compact frontal design and minimal engine intrusion into the passenger compartment, which means increased cabin space. The door openings are larger than other utes on the market making entry and exit easier.
Payloads are competitive, with the single cab offering 1260kg in 4×2 form and 1100kg for the dual cab. Choosing the 4X4 drivetrain drops those limits by 100kg respectively. The tow weight capacity for a braked trailer is 1800kg, which will be a sticking point for some tradies.
The cab/chassis versions come with an 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 and the GVM is 2980kg.
In line with other utes on the market, Genio uses a coil sprung double wishbone front suspension system, with semi-elliptical multi-leaf springs in the rear. Brakes are disc front and drum rear.
The use of 15-inch rims and tyres provides a low tray deck height of 910mm when unladen.
On the safety front there are SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, side intrusion beams in the doors, crash protection and crumple zones incorporated in the design, a collapsible steering column, and ABS braking.
Air conditioning, power steering, central locking, cruise control, power windows and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel are standard and the optional Bluetooth phone accessory operates through a push button control on the dashboard.
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 include a slide-out tray under the driver’s seat and storage space under the rear seat squab on dual cab variants to locate clothing, tools and other items
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.