The Indian carmaker has confirmed it will build a new pickup based off the same platform as the current Scorpio SUV
The pickup is almost certainly to ride upon a modified version of the Scorpio SUV’s body-on-frame platform, where it’s also likely to gain the same powertrain option – a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with outputs of 129kW/400Nm.
It’s unclear what the mystery ute would be called, or if it would directly succeed the current ‘Pikup’ utility in Mahindra’s lineup.
Speaking with Chasing Cars, Mahindra’s president of automotive, Veejay Nakra, said that the ute and Scorpio would share the same DNA.
“The Scorpio is a very capable ladder frame SUV. So clearly, given that we make authentic ladder frame SUVs, the DNA would come from there,” Nakra said.
Mr Nakra also told Chasing Cars that the diesel power would be a high priority for the global pickup.
“We will consider multiple sorts of fuel application and powertrains. Bringing in a diesel product would be our first priority into the market, and that’s where the largest volume sits.”
Australia will play a significant part in the development of the future global pickup, says Mr Nakra.
“We would work with local channel partners and customers of Australia to bring all of those insights into creating the global pickup.
“We would make it for specific markets [like Australia],” he said.
When asked about whether Mahindra’s global pickup could compete with the likes of the Hilux and Ranger, Mr Nakra said the brand has its eyes on them.
“It would be a full scale lifestyle pickup, and the brands that you talked about would definitely be in the competing set”.
Although Mr Nakra did not go as far as confirming a complete ute lineup, he did say, “Once you talk about creating a global pickup, it would have single cab, double cab, it would take care of the larger segments”.
Although it’s still very early days, Chasing Cars got the chance to ask Mahindra’s president of automotive whether the future ute could be electrified.
“We will consider multiple sorts of fuel application and powertrains … At what point in time with the cost of battery and EV, the range that one gets with the load that you carry, charging infrastructure [etc.]: I think there are multiple pieces of the jigsaw that will need to fall into place”.
Even if it isn’t a clear confirmation, Mr Nakra did say, “Obviously [electrification] will be an important part of anyone’s global pickup strategy”.
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