For years now, our mainstream car companies (think Japanese, Korean, German) have been keeping a close eye on the Chinese manufacturers, convinced - as we all are - that a time is coming when they will be mixing it with the best in the business in terms of build quality, capability and price. 

But you hear almost nothing about India, do you? Yet all the while, Mahindra has been quietly plying its trade in Australia, flying under the radar for about the past decade with its PikUp ute.

It's yet to set the sales world on fire, sure, but Mahindra reckons this 2018 nip-and-tuck will give its rugged ute its best chance yet of competing with the big boys of the Aussie market.

So, are they right?