Colin-on-Cars – Mahindra’s little loader

Mahindra South Africa is moving ahead with its business and fleet offerings with the release of the KUV100-derived small panel van.

The #XPREZ is available from R174 999 and is based on a Mahindra KUV100 NXT K2+, and is converted at Mahindra’s Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng to panel van specifications. The conversion process includes the addition of a flat load area in the place of a rear bench seat and two cargo nets as standard.

Mahindra also adds a safety barrier from laser-cut steel mesh between the load area and the two front occupants and a fire extinguisher as standard. The #XPREZ further retains the KUV100’s safety features, which include dual front crash bags and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).

“In recent years, we have seen a rapid growth in online retailing and general delivery services. This has only accelerated during the lockdown, as we have become more comfortable with our new online lives and the option of ordering in,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

In its standard form, the #XPREZ can load 350 kg of packages, with access to the cargo through the side doors and wide rear hatch door. It can swallow 1 350 litres of cargo, making it possible to transport odd-shaped objects and standard delivery boxes alike.

The side and rear windows are blocked out to discourage any prying eyes, with additional metal barriers fitted to the inside of these windows.

It features comfort features such as power steering and air-conditioning as standard. To this, Mahindra has added a radio and central locking to the #XPREZ, creating a comfortable and convenient vehicle for all-day drivers.

The #XPREZ is fitted with Mahindra’s 1,2-litre mFalcon petrol engine. The engine delivers 61 kW and 115 Nm and has a rated fuel consumption of 5,9 l/100 km in a combined cycle.

“The KUV100 NXT has proven to be the ideal vehicle for our new, locally developed #XPREZ. Its SUV design and 170 mm ground clearance mean that it can comfortably transport a large volume of packages, while not being restricted to any type of road condition,” says Gupta.

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