Colin-on-Cars – Mahindra goes mining

The Mahindra Pik Up is about to become a mineworker with the introduction of the locally designed Mining Specification variant.

The new Pik Up with Mining Specification package is available on the recently upgraded S6 manual double cab with 4×4 drivetrain and Mahindra’s patented MLD rear locking differential as standard.

Customers will be able to order the full Mining Specification from their fleet representative or Mahindra dealership. The model will be available at a very competitive R405 999 for the S6 model with the Mining Specification package.

The Mining Specification was designed by Mahindra in South Africa to meet the strict safety and signage regulations of open cast mining and large-scale construction operations. The local development was done by the team at Mahindra’s head office in Pretoria and supported by their Special Fitment Centre near Kempton Park and their assembly facility in Durban.

The Pik Up is fitted with heavy-duty external roll-over protection, the necessary red, white and yellow decals, a roof-mounted light bar and a reverse buzzer.

Other additions to this specification include a rubberised load bin with cargo net, stop blocks, wheel nut indicators and heavy-duty seat covers. Mahindra has also added a fire extinguisher, First Aid kit and COVID kit.

Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa says: “Any of Mahindra’s large fleet customers could buy the Pik Up for their mining or construction fleet, but then had to wait for a vehicle body builder to customise the model for use in a regulated mining or construction environment.

“By developing and fitting the regulated equipment directly, Mahindra not only saves the fleet buyers’ time, but ensures the fitment is perfect for the local environment. It also means that Mahindra can provide a full warranty on workmanship and equipment.”

Every Pik Up Double Cab model offers dual front crash bags, anti-lock brakes with EBD, side-impact protection and seatbelt reminders as standard.

The S6 specification level also offer luxuries such as cruise control and air-conditioning fitted as standard.

“By designing and fitting the Mining Specification kit at our Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng, we are able to fit all the necessary equipment, without limiting the mechanical warranty or changing the vehicle benefits, such as the high ground clearance and towing capacity,” says Gupta.

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