Want a 4×4 or 4×2 turbo-diesel ute with plenty of bells and whistles for around 20k? Then take a look at the new Genio Diesel Ute from Mahindra.
The Genio marks the second 4×4 ute in Mahindra’s quiver, complimenting the ‘Pik-Up’, a ute which received positive reviews from WTW 4×4 reviewer Fraser Stronach in the December 2012 ute comparison.
Launched in July 2013, the Genio Tradie Ute is available in both a dual and single cab, in either 4×2 or 4×4. The single cab offers an impressive 2.7m tray and the dual cab, 1.95m, while they have an impressive 1.2 or 1.1 tonne payload respectively.
All models in the Genio range are powered by a turbo diesel engine mated with a five-speed manual gearbox. It punches out 88kW and 290Nm.
The Genio uses independent suspension up front with coil springs, while progressively rated multi leaf springs and double acting shock absorbers suspends the live rear axle.
All models have power steering, air conditioning, immobiliser, electric windows, two airbags, rear fog lamps, central locking, seat belt pre-tensioners, rear window demister and 74-litre fuel tanks.
The single cab model comes standard with an audio system with steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, electrically adjustable exterior rear view mirrors, ABS brakes, remote locking, digital information systems, seat belt and door ajar warning lights and front fog lamps.
The dual cab Genio also includes remote keyless entry and outside temperature sensor.
Pricing starts at $19,990 for the single cab 4×2 and $24,990 for the dual cab 4×2 derivative. 4×4 versions are $2,000 additional.
All Mahindra vehicles are backed by a 3-year/100,000km warranty and 3-year free roadside assistance in Australia. Mahindra is an Indian manufacturer that has been making vehicles for more than 60 years.
See WTW October 2013 for resident 4×4 reviewer, Fraser Stronach’s take on the Mahindra Genio 4×4.