Mahindra Genio Review
Mahindra Genio – Stylish Utility VehicleThursday, May 02, 2013
Overview of Mahindra Genio
Genio is the name of Mahindra’s new gen pick-up truck. This pick up will be sold along Mahindra Bolero Pick up and will target a new segment of buyers who look for comfort and powerful performance. Let’s check out this new Pick up in detail.
Mahindra Genio Exterior
Mahindra Genio shares its Ingenio platform with sibling MPV, Xylo and thus resembles a lot to it. The face of Genio is an exact copy of the new Xylo and Quanto. It has swept back clear lens headlights and its black colored front bumper comes with an integrated front grille. The high positioned bonnet and windscreen are similar to Xylo. The front face of this pick up looks futuristic and it seems to be the most stylish pick-up truck ever launched in India. Genio is available with single as well as double cab and shares its body panels with Xylo. Its full size doors and side windows make it look like any other MPV and you will also like its raised front fender featuring muscular wheel arches. The top variant comes with full size black colored ORVMs on both sides. The single cab variant comes with a long cargo box while the two cab variant has a wider cargo box. There is a split window at the back for better ventilation. Tail lights of Genio are placed at the bottom of the cargo box.
Mahindra Genio Interior
The interiors have been carried over from the Xylo. There is lot of usage of the grey material inside which certainly doesn’t look premium but Genio feels better than other pick-ups. The front seats are semi buckets which come with adjustable head rests. They offer nice under thigh and back support. The tall stance of Genio gives proper headroom to all passengers. The rear bench in the two cab variant can be occupied by three adults however it lacks proper under thigh and back support. Genio comes with fully carpeted floor which are easy to maintain and looks premium inside. The three spoke steering wheel, gear knob and door trims are similar to Xylo and helps Genio to look superior to other pick-up trucks.
Comfort and Convenience
Mahindra Genio is a very comfortable truck as it comes loaded with premium features like AC, adjustable power steering, power windows, and front reclining seats. Genio also has other vital features like central locking with keyless entry, internally adjustable ORVMs and door opening warning lamp.
Dashboard and Storage
The semi beige colored dashboard of Xylo makes its way to Genio. The characteristic AC vents and white colored instrument cluster of Xylo grabs your attention instantly. The plastic quality is not up to the mark but it’s quite acceptable. The dashboard comes with an integrated central console finished with dark brown color. There is storage option on the top of this dashboard while it also features a roomy glove box. Floor console of Genio comes with bottle holders, cup holders and mobile case. The door trims also features space for bottle, maps, magazines or other utilities. The two cab variant comes with a flatbed cargo box with 1100 kg payload capacity while the single cab variant comes with 1250 kg payload capacity.
Music System of Mahindra Genio
Surprisingly, Genio comes with a factory fitted 2-Din music system with CD changer, USB and FM. The music system is integrated in its central console. It also features a mobile charging point which is quite helpful in daily life.
Engine and Gearbox
Mahindra Genio is powered by the same 2.5L mDI CRDe diesel engine which was earlier used in Xylo D2. The engine specifications are slightly different though as now this engine produces 75 bhp at 4000 rpm which is 20 bhp less power before. The utmost torque production of this engine is of 220 Nm which start arriving as early as 1750 rpm. This engine is served with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Acceleration and Performance
It’s a very responsive engine which behaves like any other car. The smooth gear transitions and well-spaced gear ratios help you to drive this truck easily. There is minimal turbo lag in this engine below 2000rpm. It can reach the top speed of 120km/hr which makes it easy for you to cover long journeys in quick time. The NVH levels are low and you will be pleased by the refinement level of this engine.
Mahindra Genio Mileage
Thanks to its light weight, it can give you a mileage of around 12-14 km/ltr. Genio comes with safety features like vehicle immobilizer, ELR seat belts, high mount rear stop lamp and electronic headlamp levelling device.
Suspension and Braking System
The independent coil spring suspension at its front provides you comfortable journeys. Genio comes with disc brakes at its front and drum brakes at the back. The braking system ensures you safer braking by using LSPV technology which adjusts braking pressure according to the situation.
Mahindra Genio Ride and Handling
The light power steering with a minimum turning radius of 6.1m makes it easy for you to handle and park this pick up in city traffic. The front suspension system is also quite effective and digests potholes easily. The tubeless tyres of Genio give it superior hold of roads and make it quite stable around corners. The high ground clearance of Genio allows it to cross most of the obstructions easily on our Indian roads. The braking system also helps you to keep this loaded pick-up truck under control.
Shades, Variants and Warranty
Mahindra Genio is available in three variants out of which two are double cab variants. It’s available in three different colors and comes with a warranty of 1year/unlimited kilometres from Mahindra.
Mahindra Genio ranges from INR 5 lakhs – 6 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi which tries to give you maximum comfort and space. It’s a feature rich and durable truck which comes with an aggressive price tag. Undoubtedly, it’s a value for money truck and in the upcoming time with an additional CNG variant, it may also become the best in class vehicle.