Mahindra’s Pik-Up shares more in common with Toyota’s venerable LC79 than you might think.
However, a massive difference between the two is the price discrepancy. The Pik-Up in this video comes with a drive-away price of just $32,990; the LC79 a whopping $74,290.
But it wouldn’t be fair to compare the two toe-to-toe; what with Toyota’s far greater reputation, dealer network and durability. Instead, this comparison is designed to find out whether the Toyota is really $40K better.
The Cruiser’s 4.5-litre 1VD-FTV generates enormous torque – 430Nm from 1200-3200rpm – and more potential power at 151kW. This is hamstrung by a very low-geared five-speed manual.
The Pik-Up’s modest AVL 2.2-litre four-pot common-rail turbo-diesel growls out 88kW and 280Nm. It might lack the Toyota’s considerable urge, but it can still tow up to 2.5-tonnes and haul a one-tonne payload on its back – not at the same time, of course.
Both sit on a ladder-frame chassis, but the Cruiser utilises a coil-sprung live front end; the Mahinda opts for torsion bars.
Watch the video to see how the budget-priced Indian off-roader fronts up to the all-time, crowd-pleasing Cruiser. We test them on highways, dirt and tricky off-road tracks. Plus we even strap a 400kg load to their backs.
Also, grab a copy of 4X4 Australia’s December issue – out November 11 – to read the full review.