Indian automotive giant, Mahindra, has launched a new practical panel van in South Africa. Meet the KUV #XPrez!
This KUV panel van is based on the KUV100 NXT K2+, which performed relatively well in our most recent Budget Car Comparison and will appeal to buyers looking for an affordable and practical goods-mover. The KUV #XPrez, as it’s called, is converted to panel van spec at Mahindra’s fitment centre in Gauteng, where a flat load bay is fitted to replace the rear seats and comes with 2 cargo nets. Mahindra has also fitted a steel mesh barrier that divides the driver’s cabin from the load bay. The KUV #XPrez joins the recently-launched Kia Picanto Runner in the budget delivery vehicle market.
“In recent years, we have seen a rapid growth in online retailing and general delivery services. This has only accelerated during the lockdown, as we have become more comfortable with our new online lives and the option of ordering in. We have also seen many people start small businesses and side-hustles to replace or supplement their pre-COVID careers, with many of these entrepreneurs looking for a reliable, affordable and spacious delivery vehicle,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
The rear seats have been removed to create a usable load bay. Ideal for small businesses!
The KUV #XPrez panel van offers 1 350 litres of cargo space with a payload of 350 kg. Mahindra has blocked out the rear windows and added additional metal barries in an effort to improve security.
Standard features include power steering, air conditioning, radio and central locking. In terms of safety, a fire extinguisher is included as well as dual front airbags and ABS with EBD.
The KUV #XPrez is powered by the familiar 1.2-litre petrol engine with 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque and makes use of a 5-speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.9 L/100km. Ground clearance is at 170 mm.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT #XPrez - Price in SA
KUV100 NXT #XPrez - R174 999
A 3-year/100 000km vehicle warranty and a 5-year/150 000km powertrain warranty. A service plan is optional.