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Thami Masemola
Date published: 24/11/2020
Category: Reviews
Tags: Mahindra; 6000 series; 7500 series; 6060 model; 7590; Mahindra South Africa
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Mahindra Tractors

Those who are familiar with the Mahindra brand will know that it not only operates in the passenger and light commercial automotive sector, but it is also very present in the agricultural industry as well. Not only do they produce a range of farm implements, but they also sell tractors, the subject of this article.

While the tractors discussed here are not brand new, having been launched in South Africa early in 2019, they are still highly relevant, given the industry’s slow uptake on new product and general lack of regular product updates. In other words, it could be a while still until we see new tractors from the brand. Also, farm implements are supposed to last for years, and as such there is no urgent need for constant updates.

The range consists of three models in the 6000 series and two in the 7500 series. The 6060 model for example, produces 40kW from its 3.5-litre 4-cylinder, direct injection, turbo diesel engine. It has a 15 forward synchromesh transmission. The 7590 at the other end of the spectrum carries the same motor but power is up significantly at 70kW, while the transmission is a dual clutch type. It also features hydrostatic power steering, lift capacity of 2 500kg, 2-speed independent power take-off systems (PTO) and the option of 2WD and 4WD.

Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa said: “Mahindra is the world’s largest tractor manufacturer by volume and many of our models are designed for markets that demand tough and efficient solutions which are also effortless to operate in harsh conditions. Our initial market study shows that these attributes are in high demand in South Africa as well and we trust that it will find favour with our customers. The South African farmers have been supportive to us, they have been using our bakkies on various applications and this has motivated us to widen our product offering to the farming community.”