Available as a single-cab and dual-cab cab-chassis, the 4x4 Mahindra Genio starts at $23,490 for the 4x4 single-cab and $28,490 for the 4x4 dual-cab models.
All variants come with a five-speed manual and a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel that produces 88kW and 280Nm.
Mahindra Australia national sales manager Russell Thiele says the Genio’s appeal for tradies will be its affordability, “best-in-class” interior space and its standard equipment.
“The 2016 Genio really holds its own against competitors by setting out to provide functionality and practicality in a cost-affordable overall package,” Russell says.
Features include SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, side intrusion beams in the door, crash protection and crumple zones, a collapsible steering column, and ABS braking. There’s also air-conditioning, power steering, central locking, cruise control, power windows and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. Bluetooth is optional and operates through a push-button control on the dashboard.
As far as work credentials go, the Genio 4x4 single-cab has a payload of 1160kg while the dual-cab 4x4 has a 1000kg payload. At the front the Genio has a double-wishbone, independent coil-spring set-up. At the rear there are leaf springs. Brakes are disc at the front and drum at the rear, and its maximum tow-weight capacity is 1800kg for a braked trailer. It’s also available as a 4x2.
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This article was originally published in 4x4 Australia April 2016.