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Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. will shake up the U.S. truck market next year when it introduces a new midsize pickup called the Appalachian sporting a 2.2L four-cylinder diesel engine producing around 150 horsepower and 300 pound feet of torque. Speaking with Mike Levine from Pickuptruck.com, John Perez, the CEO of Atlanta-based importer Global Vehicles U.S.A. that's aiding Mahindra's entry into the U.S. market, revealed that the truck will deliver 30 to 35 miles per gallon and cost in the mid-$20,000 range. It will be paired with a six-speed automatic that's controlled via a floor-mounted shifter or paddle shifters(!), have a class-leading payload of 2,600 lbs. and feature a 60,000-mile, four year bumper-to-bumper warranty.

If that's not enough to strike fear in domestic and import truck makers alike, Mahindra has also revealed plans to sell a diesel hybrid version of its pickup by 2010. If it happens, the diesel hybrid Appalachian will be, as far as we know, the only diesel hybrid on sale in the U.S. market and achieve fuel economy figures even higher than its diesel-only counterpart. Imagine a midsize pickup in the low-$30,000 price range capable of 40+ mpg.

The Appalachian has yet to go through U.S. certification for emissions and safety, but the company is spending $80 million to ensure its truck passes with no issues. After that, production will begin in India on March 15, 2009, but the trucks will finish assembly at a plant in Ohio to avoid high import taxes. After that, customers can visit a 300-strong dealer network with 24 standalone dealerships, one of which is already under construction.

[Source: Pickuptruck.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know why the author is putting a midsize label on it when it's a compact p/u. I saw this truck last year with the dimensions and it is a mini-truck, something the U.S. had a variety of years ago. For me a mini/compact truck would be more than enough and hopefully other makers will start to go small again instead of the build it bigger mentality which has brought some midsize to near fullsize.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you are dillusional. Asian quality has gone down the tubes. parts prices have gone thru the roof because they have duped people like you into buying their products.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Mahindra Pickup is not so bad. It is quiet powerful and fast. I just advise people not to go into corners too fast. :)

      I am not sure about the features list but I also think it is pricey but not too sure about that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Best truck (for me) I ever had was an 86 Nissan Hardbody, 1/4 ton, 4 cyl, 3 spd auto, extended cab. If Ford, Chevy, Dodge or Jeep sold a small pickup similar to that I would buy it tomorrow.
      • 7 Years Ago
      More then 50% of all cars and probably a great deal more then that for trucks in Europe are diesels. The 4.5L from GM is a great thing, but really even now how many people need the towing capacity of a full size pickup. The current 1/2 ton range can tow over 8000 lbs. Your average boat, snowmobile trailer weighs it at way less then 3500. What are these people doing with these huge trucks?
      • 7 Years Ago
      @caddy dave
      I'm going to the Chicago Auto SHow later this week. I'll have to check out the Tundra exhibit and see if I can get escorted out as well! That was a good laugh, thanks for sharing the story!

      My 22' fishing boat tips the scales at 4100lbs. I've tried towing with less than a full-size truck, but it never feels right. I used an S10 blazer to do it and my buddies V6 Tacoma. Neither moved it as effortlessly as my Suburban. Plus nothing can match a full-size's interior room. I ALWAYS drive simply becaue I have the most comfortable vehicle for 5-6 guys to ride in for long trips (plus I can fit the gear with ease). There isn't a smaller vehicle that can match Suburban's capability. That's why people buy them.

      @jgp, Please explain how nationalism is like racism. The philosophy is loyalty to your country and to your fellow countrymen regardless of faith, race, etc. Its really not that much different than loyalty to your family. If I buy an Indian vehicle I just took money out of the US economy and placed it into India's economy, something I find reprehensible. Every job in the India office is one that isn't in the American office, which is removing a job from the economy. So everything is still on Earth? Well guess what you aren't a citizen of earth, you are a citizen of the United States. There is no global economy, there is only national economies competing for resources. Why would you take resources from your economy and place them into a competitor's economy willingly. That's like giving your enemies guns and tanks during war. Would you live in India? Would you give up your life in America to live there?

      And best product? Well it so happens that American trucks are better than this POS regardless

      @RIFRAF, I'm fully aware that newer diesels are not the crude engines of the old days. But they still suffer NVH issues versus a gasoline engine and Americans won't go for it. When they think of diesel they picture a Ram 2500 hauling a trailer of horses, not a VW. Far from not liking diesels, I will buy a 4.5L diesel instead of a gasoline V8 in my next Chevy (if they decide to offer it in Suburban) if the NVH isn't too bad, though I'd prefer an E85 Hybrid. My point was that Americans for some reason don't like diesels (compare Jetta gasoline sales to diesel sales).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hahahaha, Cross Lander was the first thing that popped into my mind after reading the claims that this thing would go on sale here next year, and I didn't even know beforehand that there was a connection.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think the Aztec was near the ugliest vehicle. There were dozens of others to chose from including the AMC Matador, Gremlin, Pacer, Jeep CJ/Wrangler, etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If its as high "quality" as their tech "support" it won't last long. Who's going to pay for a "vehicle" built by children anyways? I'll take my Janesville-built Chevy any day.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Way to go frylocke! Racist much? Since your reading comprehension is so good, I guess those "children" building this truck must be American since the truck is going to be built in Ohio.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While there some people that have blinding patriotism all I can say is more power to them. I however am going to spend my money on what I want, especially if a company CAN meet my needs. I am not going to torture myself in joining the "buy american to save the economy" club when none of the american companies have ever met my needs for many years, more like have disappointed me time after time again. Until I do see the needed improvement and meeting customer demands as well as having much better customer satisfaction and quality I will continue to happily spend my hard earned money on foreign products. That also goes for electronics and entertainment too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think You are right. But I think this truck meets the needs of many small farms and for use on site at small properties where there might not be a need for a larger/more luxurious truck. On most small farms and properties these trucks are driven only about a mile at a time so all the "nice" options don't matter. Just check out landscapers and gardeners and farms. Their truck are usually small utility trucks. This is more like a small ranger I think. To compete Toyota/Ford etc have to develop a truck smaller than even the ranger.
      Plus for that segment of the market price is very important. These trucks are driven hard and residual values are close to zero so low upfront price is very important. This is destined to be a work horse truck I doubt if anyone will really buy this truck as a Primary vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isuzu and Mitsubishi in the US are not good trucks.

      First off the only Mitsubishi truck available is technically a Dodge Dakota. I honestly wish Mitsubishi would sell their own trucks here because they are great performers, much like my all time personal favorite the Mitsubishi Triton.

      Second Isuzu lately is just another badge for god awful GM, also not technically their own trucks either.
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