INDIAN-BASED multinational Mahindra has stepped up its assault on the Australian tradie market, with a sharply priced cab-chassis offering in its updated Genio.

Available as a single-cab and dual-cab cab-chassis, the 4x4 Genio starts at $23,490 for the 4x4 single-cab and $28,490 for the 4x4 dualcab models.

All variants come with a five-speed manual and a 2.2-litre, fourcylinder diesel that produces 88kW and 280Nm.

Mahindra Australia national sales manager Russell Thiele says the Genio’s appeal for tradies will be its affordability, “best-in-class” interior space and its standard equipment.

“The 2016 Genio really holds its own against competitors by setting out to provide functionality and practicality in a cost-affordable overall package,” Russell says.

Features include SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, side intrusion beams in the door, crash protection and crumple zones, a collapsible steering column, and ABS braking. There’s also airconditioning, power steering, central locking, cruise control, power windows and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. Bluetooth is optional and operates through a push-button control on the dashboard.

As far as work credentials go, the Genio 4x4 single-cab has a payload of 1160kg while the dual-cab 4x4 has a 1000kg payload. At the front the Genio has a double-wishbone, independent coil-spring set-up. At the rear there are leaf springs. Brakes are disc at the front and drum at the rear, and its maximum tow-weight capacity is 1800kg for a braked trailer. It’s also available as a 4x2.