Tech Mahindra might have just acquired a controlling stake in Pininfarina, and Mahindra’s new products have started to look better than before as well. Whether or not there’s some sort of an involvement from the said design studio which has been responsible for more Ferraris than you and I could count remains to be seen, but the improvement in design is pretty evident. Look at the KUV100 and the recently spied Mahindra Genio facelift, and you’ll understand the point.
The Genio facelift, a spy shot of which has been published on Indian Autos Blog, is yet to be made official by the company. However looking at the photo, the front-end – which was one of the least likeable among the current crop of vehicles sold in the country – appears to have become more modern, sportier, and classy indeed. Keep in mind this is a pick-up truck and is as far from being a lifestyle offering as the Quanto is from being a racecar.
The vehicle is likely to continue with what’s being offered at the moment – a 2.5-litre CRDe engine that makes 75 hp and 220 Nm. IAB says a Start-Stop system can also be included.
What remains to be seen is whether Mahindra can make the Genio compete against the more solid offerings like the Isuzu D-Max and the Tata Xenon.