• Jun 14th 2008 at 5:22PM
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While it might not be the prettiest girl at the prom, we're still extremely intrigued by Mahindra's upcoming diesel pickup for the American market. Up until today, we've been referring to the new truck as the Appalachian, though reports now indicate that it will drop that moniker. Apparently, the Indian company wants to highlight its own name in an effort to build some much-needed brand recognition in a market it has never played in before. For that reason, some sort of nondescript name made from numbers and/or letters is to be expected.
Mahindra's newly un-named truck will feature a new four-cylinder diesel engine produced just for the States with help from Bosch and AVL. Power output should hover around 150 horses, though torque is expected to be a massive 300 lb-ft. Coupled with what should be reasonable fuel economy from just 2.2 liters of displacement, we think that Mahindra's new pickup could re-ignite the compact pickup market in no time at all. At least one domestic brand might be thinking the same thing, as this spy shot indicates that one of Detroit's finest brought one over for testing.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      There's currently a several year supply of barely used trucks on the market that they can't give away. Autotrader is swimming in 2 year old F-150s and Chevys for under 12 grand.

      This isn't what you want to be competing with to sell me a first year vehicle with an untried diesel at a starting price well over 20.

      I'm all for a tough little small truck, but this is the wrong product at the wrong time.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Here in South Africa we've had Mahindra on the market for a few years, and while they do make some respectable agricultural vehicles, the vehicle in question (here called the Scorpio) is really, really awful. It tops out at about 130km/h, where it feels disturbingly unstable. Handling is soggy, the interior is very dated and it looks simply awful. If you live in a remote region of the countryside and plan to never take it on-road then yeah, maybe. But otherwise a motorised wheelbarrow would make a better daily drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I want is a 1/2 ton American made diesel pickup that gets great fuel mileage and is durable. I have a RAM 1500 quad-cab 5.7 that is a great truck, but does not get very good gas mileage when carrying any size of load on my trailer. It seems to me a 4.5 L diesel would be just the ticket for my needs. Ford was going to build a small diesel a few years back then pulled out from offering that. Trust me, the market is huge for such a vehicle. I also think it will take a foreign competitor with a little moxy to get the big-three off their behinds. I hope VW brings over their Amarok diesel pickup and Mahindra theirs. It also seems like Fiat could easily source a diesel for Dodge 1500's. What are you afraid of Big Three from Detroit?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Depending on how it rides and how big(small?) that bed really is. I'd love this...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it because -looking the way it does- people won't buy it to look cool, they'll buy it because they need a truck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds great. A lot of automakers have indeed pretty much abandoned the small pickup market.

      It should be making a come back as people slowly realize that they don't need something the size of Texas and 4-wheel drive to haul around a small toolbox.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe they could call it UGLY-1. Although it is kinda cute. It looks like something out of the 70's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's It!
        The Mahindra Bastardito!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Let's admit it - not many compact pickups are very attractive to begin with. It is sort of a "bastard child" category - heh.
      • 7 Years Ago

      If you are buying a truck to use it as work vehicle, do looks really matter?
      • 7 Years Ago
      the indians are no Japanese.

      comparisons to toyota are ridiculous.

      this thing will be as bad as a yugo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha, the Koreans are not the Japanese either, chief.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In India, a Corolla/Civic is a luxury car (costs close to $30k). 90% of the cars sold in India cost less than $15k which is less than half of a Corolla/Civic.

        So the quality of existing indian vehicles is pretty bad.

        But they are fast learners and are in it for the long haul. Mahindra has been making jeeps for 60 years. Tata has been making trucks for the past 60 years and before that they used to make diesel locomotives. They have been in the "car" business only for the past decade or so and have done pretty well for the time frame.

        And remember, Tata owns Jaguar-Land Rover while Mahindra is allegedly in the running for Hummer when GM does divest.
        • 7 Years Ago

        so are you comparing hyundai to this POS? Hyundai has been doing very well for the last 5 years. if they beat hyundai in quality, then ill stop talking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      two words: rabbit pickup
      • 7 Years Ago
      That seven slot grill might be to close to Jeep and Hummer. The warranty sounds good but what are thier dealership plans? Seems like they should already be building dealerships if they are going to start selling this next summer. Kind of sad if this is the hope of the compact truck market. If Ford could rework the current Ranger to have similar engine,warranty,and price this Mahindra XABC-123 would have a slim chance of surviving.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Long live the Mighty Max!

      Down with the Chicken Tax!
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