Driving Diplomacy by Kirtan Bhana

Multifunctional Mahindra Pickup

30 November 2020

The new Mahindra’s 4x4 Pick Up has a go anywhere, workhorse like attitude, and is ideally suited for diplomatic humanitarian missions, especially for the African terrain. The mHwak 2.2litre turbo diesel 103kw power train that delivers 320Nm of torque effortlessly carries a 1000kg payload and has a 2500kg towing capacity. The practical double cab design and strong build quality will easily carry a crew for philanthropic activities of supply and food distribution, medical care and even cultural, sport and education missions.

The rugged, space age exterior look of the pick-up matches the functional features that include GPS navigation, Bluetooth, CD/DVD, USB/AUX support, all available via a touchscreen infotainment centre. Controls for phone, audio and cruise functions are at your fingertips, and are all found on the steering wheel, keeping your hands pointed in the direction of your destination.

Is it maybe also a sign of Mahindra’s future of autonomous vehicle technology?

Diplomats who were shown the vehicle were impressed by its fuel efficiency and it’s off road capabilities. The interest on pricing, vehicle maintenance, fleet offers and about Mahindra & Mahindra, the company, were among the enquiries that were made. The availability of both automatic and manual transmission was an added attraction and so were the air bags and side impact protection bars for all round safety.
 
Photos by Dilon Bhana
 

The Mahindra automotive brand is growing fast, especially in this southern corner of Africa. It was launched in 2004 in South Africa and has the most affordable selection of models across the range. The establishment of a Mahindra assembly plant at Dube Trade Port in KwaZulu Natal across the road from Durban’s international airport is an indication of the Indian origin in multi-national confidence in South Africa as an automotive hub.

One of the founders of Mahindra & Mahindra, along with brothers Harikrishnan, Jayakrishnan and Jagdish Chandra Mahindra, was Malik Ghulam Muhammad, who became Pakistan’s first Finance Minister in 1948. The company started out as a steel trading company in 1945 as Mahindra & Muhammad and was changed when Muhammad left Mumbai to settle in Lahore.

Today Mahindra & Mahindra is a multi-national conglomerate and has grown into one of the leading manufacturers of tractors and agricultural implements, construction vehicles, Information Technology among other services and products.

Photos by Dilon Bhana