Mahindra is readying a facelifted Genio for the Indian market based on the Quanto. Our friends at Motoroids have snapped the pick-up just before the launch. This sure looks like the best ick-up truck in the country by a mile.
Changes to the front fascia are significant and include a new grille, headlamps, bonnet and bumper. The grille is particularly unique to every manufacturer which resonates in each car. Mahindra has gone a completely different direction with the grille on this one but somehow identifies itself as being from Mahindra without too much effort. It has got rectangular elements with silver finish spread across the length of the grille which are mounted on the black mesh giving it a bold look. The headlamps have been smoked out if we go by the spy shots.
The Mahindra Genio could be used as a cue to the design philosophy for the upcoming Quanto/Xylo facelifts considering Genio’s front has been designed more like a SUV-car which could easily flow and blend into the other SUV’s design.
The Genio is a derivative of the Xylo, and is available in both single- and dual-cab configurations, with a 2.5-litre mDICRDe diesel engine, good for 75 HP and 220 Nm of torque. It has a payload of 1100 Kg. The ones for export market are lot powerful with the numbers standing at the pickup gets the modern 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine delivering 120 bhp and 280 Nm of torque. The dual-cab VX variants also offer amenities such as air-conditioning and a 2-DIN music system. Markets abroad also receive a 4×4 variant of the Genio, whereas in India, Mahindra sells the pickup with 2WD only.
Talking about price, the existing Mahindra Genio range starts from INR 5.98 lakh for the single cab to INR 6.26 lakh for the double cab. We expect the pricing to remain largely unchanged when the facelift variants are launched.