Mahindra went big when it came to showcasing new designs and facts about its planned electric vehicles (EVs) during a recent event commemorating India’s Independence Day in 2023. Among the most recent debuts was a lifestyle pickup truck idea known as the ‘Global Pik Up.’
Mahindra introduced the Scorpio N-based pickup idea – the Global Pik Up – during the annual Independence Day spectacular, which was hosted this year in South Africa. Mahindra presently utilises the Pik Up nameplate as the model designation for their Scorpio Classic-based pickup truck in various overseas countries.
As we previously reported, the idea will be followed by a production pickup (codenamed Z121), which Mahindra claims will be supported by a ‘next-generation ladder-frame’ that will do well in Global NCAP and Euro NCAP testing.
The Pik Up was created at Mahindra India Design Studio (MIDS), and as a concept, it includes many wacky aesthetic aspects. However, its relationship to the Scorpio N is readily obvious from the front, with the headlamp, bonnet, fenders, and front doors being quite similar. The bumper is new, with a big bash-plate and tow hooks at the bottom, and a very aggressively designed popped-out grille atop the bash-plate. The idea also includes a snorkel for improved water-wading ability, as well as a roof rack with a broad LED light bar at the front.
The Scorpio N is also visible in profile, with the bottom edges of the doors covered, but they are more aggressive here. While Mahindra has yet to provide details, the wheelbase looks to have been increased to allow a reasonable sized load area. The wheelbase of the four-door Thar is expected to be 2850mm.
The LED headlamp clusters are the most evident design similarities with the Scorpio N, however even these have upgraded LED DRLs. Other changes include a new grille, a vertical LED strip for the fog lights, a reworked front bumper, and a new rear section for the cargo compartment. It also has a lot of ground clearance and what seems to be a winch in the new front bumper.
The truck retains the SUV’s door panels, ORVMs, and windowline kink. Mahindra has given it a high-snorkel on the driver side of the A-pillar, a roof rack with auxiliary LED lighting, sidesteps, and tough off-road-specific alloy wheels (with a pair stacked in the cargo area) in its reveal specification. Its back sports a cargo compartment opening gate with the ‘Mahindra’ trademark and vertically positioned LED taillights.
The pickup version will use the Scorpio N SUV’s diesel 4×4 powerplant with either a manual or automated gearbox. In India, the SUV’s powerplant has the following specifications:
Diesel 2.2 litre
Power 132PS/ 175PS
Torque 300Nm/ 400Nm
Transmission 6-speed manual/ 6-speed automatic
Scorpio N Pikup: Safety Features
It boasts all-around airbag protection and several advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) capabilities, such as driver fatigue detection. The Scorpio N’s platform received a 5-star rating in Global NCAP crash testing.