3 Reasons why Mahindra's Pik Up S6 Double Cab might be your automatic buying choice

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  • Mahindra's new range of Pik Up models represents the most affordable way to drive a new self-shifting double cab in SA.
  • Sub-10 litres per 100km fuel consumption and large fuel tank offer nearly 1000km between fill-ups. 
  • They are packed with comfort and safety features despite their budget-friendly asking price.
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The fuel price is giving most of us nightmares, undoubtedly. At R20 per litre, even if some of us can still afford it, filling up is becoming a grudge purchase. Mainly, if you own a bakkie, you know what we mean. If you daily your double cab, filling up every few days hurts the pocket and sours the whole motoring experience, right?

It might be the ideal time for you to consider a more fuel economical vehicle for 2022, and if you prefer double cabs with automatic gearboxes, Mahindra has just launched a range of bakkies in South Africa that could meet your lifestyle, family and (or) business requirements.

Here are three reasons why the new Mahindra S6 Pik Up Double Cab automatic is a respectable model to consider if you want a new vehicle for 2022:

Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up

1. It's the most affordable double cab auto on the market

With prices starting from R378 999 for the S6 Pik Up with a 2.2 mHawk (turbodiesel) Double Cab 4x2 automatic in Standard trim, there's hardly any competition out there. You might think it's bar-bones at this price, but it's surprisingly gracious in terms of standard features.

The Standard S6 Automatic model boasts air-conditioning, an audio system with a USB and auxiliary port, cruise control, central locking and electric windows and mirrors. All auto models also come with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard.

Mahindra has also added charging points to both the front and rear of the cabin, auto-locking doors, dual front airbags and ISOFIX seat anchors for the safe fitment of child seats. Other standard features across the S6 Automatic Double Cab range include an armrest for the driver and front passenger and height adjustment for the driver's seat.


Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up

2. It has the grunt to satisfy demanding South African drivers

The S6 Pik Up Double Cab range is powered by Mahindra's robust mHawk turbodiesel engine with common-rail injection. The engine is rated to deliver 103kW of power at 3750 rpm and a healthy 320Nm between 1500rpm and 2800rpm. Mahindra notes that the mHawk engine is well-known and much-loved in South Africa, both for its effortless power delivery and low fuel consumption. 

In these automatic models, the average fuel consumption has been rated at 9.3 litres per 100km in a combined cycle. The automatic gearbox was developed in partnership with automotive technology specialist Aisin, and it offers six forward speeds with a manual over-ride tip-shift function. They claim this gearbox has been mapped perfectly to the powerband for South African models to provide significant low-end pulling power and higher-speed long-distance cruising ability.

Adventure seekers and off-road enthusiasts will appreciate its self-locking rear differential, an 80-litre fuel tank (good enough for a near 1000km range if you are light-footed), a 210mm ground clearance and a maximum tow rating of 2500kg.


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Mahindra Pik Up (manual shown)
Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up

3. Premium 4x4 models still come in well under half a million rand

If you must have 4x4 capability in your bakkie, you'll be pleased to note that these automatic budget-friendly Mahindras come in part-time 4x4 flavour, and you can have it sprinkled with Karoo trimmings too.

Especially for buyers who would like a more head-turning and striking S6 Automatic with an even higher specification level, Mahindra has added two S6 Automatic Karoo models, with the same option between the 4x2 and the 4x4 drivetrains. Mahindra's design team has swapped the standard S6 steel wheels with hardened off-road-ready alloy rims with these Karoo models. Karoo models also receive a nudge bar, a rear styling bar, a bolted-on cab protector, and a load-bed cover. The Karoo models further feature colour-coded rear wheel arch mouldings and rain deflectors fitted to the doors.

The latest S6 automatic Double Cab range offers an impressive 1095kg payload for the 4x2 model (995kg for the 4x4) and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). Four-wheel drive models are also fitted with an easy-to-use knob-selector for a quick shift between 2H and 4H modes and low range.

The new range of Mahindra S6 Pik Up Double Cabs with automatic gearboxes couldn't have arrived at a better time as you look to make a mobility decision for next year. Do you keep your beloved, trustworthy bakkie, even though it's chowing fuel and getting a bit long in the tooth? Or do you go for it and jump into one of these affordable bakkies that also happen to come with good after-sales plans? Please let us know your thoughts on the S6 Double Cab auto in the comments below. Is it compelling enough for you to consider at this attractive price point?

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Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up (manual shown)
Mahindra Pik Up
Mahindra Pik Up

2021 Mahindra Pik Up S6 Double Cab Automatic pricing in South Africa

  • Mahindra Pik Up 2.2 mHawk DC 4x2 S6 AT Standard - R378 999
  • Mahindra Pik Up 2.2 mHawk DC 4x4 S6 AT Standard - R412 499
  • Mahindra Pik Up 2.2 mHawk DC 4x2 S6 AT Karoo Edition - R394 999
  • Mahindra Pik Up 2.2 mHawk DC 4x4 S6 AT Karoo Edition - R424 999

All models come with a four-year or 120 000km warranty and a five-year or 90 000km Service Plan.

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