New bakkie concept showcased in South Africa

 ·16 Aug 2023

Mahindra unveiled its Global Pik Up concept at its Futurescape event in Cape Town on Tuesday (15 August), giving South Africans an idea of what its next-generation bakkie could look like.

The Global Pik Up, launched in response to South Africa ranking as Mahindra’s biggest export market outside of India, features a similar aesthetic to the new Scorpio-N SUV, including the same frontal design and updated Twin Peaks logo.

“The concept represents a well-considered approach to entering newer international markets while strengthening its presence in existing ones with a range of world-class products, beginning with the Global Pik Up,” said Mahindra.

“Based on the tough and versatile new-gen ladder frame platform, the Global Pik Up promises to be one of the market’s most versatile and capable pickups when it goes into production,” it added.

Currently only in concept form, little is known about the Global Pik Up aside from its appearance, with potential design changes possible before the full unveiling.

What to expect

According to the automaker, The new bakkie is built on the same ladder-frame chassis as the new Scorpio-N. It features new the same headlights but a redesigned bumper, grille, wheels, and a load bed instead of a boot.

Mahindra noted that the Global Pik Up is intended to be a “versatile, robust, and stylish vehicle, suitable for a wide range of applications”.

“Whether it’s transporting a boat to the lake, moving a horse trailer, or providing storage space for essential gear, the Global Pik Up stands as a reliable option,” said Mahindra. 

Mahindra added that The new high-rider will feature Mahindra’s proprietary intelligent 4Xplore four-wheel-drive system, as well as the all-new AdrenoX-powered infotainment and audio systems found in the Scorpio.

Safety is also a key focus for any new vehicle, and Mahindra noted that it aims to achieve a 5-star safety rating and feature Level 2 advanced driver assistance technologies to meet international standards.

“By adhering to the highest global and local safety standards, this pickup promises not only practicality but also peace of mind for drivers and passengers alike,” the company said.

The next-gen bakkie will initially launch in existing markets, including South Africa, Australia, the Middle East and North Africa, New Zealand, and South Central Asia. This marks the first step in strengthening and expanding Mahindra’s presence.

Showcased as a double cab, the Global Pick Up will also have a single cab version, while an extended cab is being studied. It won’t directly replace the Pik Up. However, It will be the flagship in Mahindra’s three-tier bakkie product range, which includes the mid-range Pik Up and the workhorse-focused Bolero.

Mahindra’s Global Pik Up is expected to start production in 2025, but it’s unclear whether it will be produced locally. More details are, however, only expected in 2024.

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