• Jun 18, 2009
Are you holding out for a Mahindra trucks and wondering how they stack up against more established brands? Then you need to head on over to Mahindra's Web site and sign up for some seat time.

Mahindra importer Global Vehicles is all set for a fourth-quarter 2009 launch of their first offerings from India and is taking names for early test drives. From what we can gather from the company's U.S. Web site, they'll be parading around the country soon, giving interested pickup shoppers a spin around the block in its two- or four-door diesel-powered pickup trucks. On the site, there's a lot of bragging about the two-door's seven-foot bed (Toyota's Tacoma has a six-footer), four-year, 60k-mile warranty, six-speed automatic trans, and clean-burning, four-cylinder diesel engine.

No word yet on, well, a lot of things. Like what cities this national tour will be trucking through or even when it will begin. More importantly, the company has said it has 325 dealers lined up, but still hasn't brought up pricing, EPA fuel economy numbers, crash test ratings or an exact date that sales will begin. For now we'll have to make do with the vague "fourth quarter of 2009" and the promise of an early test drive.

[Source: All Cars All the Time]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure if I would want the truck itself. But, I am interested in getting my hands on that engine. It would be fun to see if I could swap it into a Wrangler Rubicon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That logo looks like an awful lot like the Oldsmobile logo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Tim, thx for clarifying. Guess it's has plastic wheel cover, so the steel wheel on the inside confused me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as Mike P. said above, it's good for people that need to use a truck for it's purpose (haul, tow) not the kind that you put 24" wheels on it and only take it to a club.
      Good to see that people that actually need a truck will have another option.
      4yrs/60K miles sounds odd, it's probably more realistic then the 10yr/100k miles anyways... I think most people drive more then 10k miles a year. I wonder why they wouldn't go 5yr/60k miles. Probably would be same result to the owners, but it looks like a larger number... sadly, perception is reality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A local Dealer, has added Mahindra to their new cars, although of course there aren't any Mahindras there.

      http://www.pugmire.com


      • 5 Years Ago
      I think anyone who drives this will get some fresh perspective on how far from basic even a new Ford Ranger is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm from Brazil and there a (very) few Mahindras here. They are built as a licensed product in a factory in Manaus. I saw one last year on São Paulo Auto Show and it seems to be a very robust product, with nothing more than necessary to work and off-road use. There's an 'wagon' version too. The 'purpose' of these vehicles is very similar to a Land Rover Defender in many ways.

      I'd buy one if I had money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would certainly buy this truck for the fact it utilizes a clean burning diesel engine. The only thing it lacks is a snorkel. Amazing product. I cannot wait!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ BloggerNo1
        the store manager from my job is Indian and drives a honda civic. another Indian worker drives a Jeep Cherokee. Is that an Indian stereotype? Looks like a good enogh truck to tow my jet ski!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BloggerNo1 A+ for making yourself look like an idiot. I'm in Knoxville, TN and come from European and Russian decent. I do look forward to this great vehicle hitting the streets of America though. I feel it's a very functional option compared to the other small trucks on the market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL! Promoting product from your country. Everyone knows that Indians buy only a camry, accord or a corolla.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dr Zoidberg?


      woop-woop-woop-woop-woop
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awww man, the photos show a stick. How we get shafted with automatic only?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree - a manual trans would be a the perfect option for this truck. So close...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It reminds me of the old late 1960's early 1970's Toyota pickups. I agree, that some people just need a truck to haul stuff around. I'm amazed that this pickup can have such a large payload capacity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was gonna say the same about the looks... which isnt a bad thing. I love the older toyotas especially the early 80's with 22r's. I also like the idea of basic truck with only the essentials
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was also going to say the same thing about this new line of trucks resembling the early Toyota 4WD pick-ups and range rovers. They were tough, dependable, and you didn't mind taking the thing off-road or pulling stumps or whatever with them because they were cheap and easy to repair and they weren't the best looking vehicles to begin with so a scratch or dent here and there just added to the character - the essence of a utilitarian truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm all for a a cheap, tractor like work truck, which is what pick-ups are supposed to be, but why does it have to be so dorky and ugly? Also, 'clean burning diesel' is almost as much of a misnomer as 'clean coal'. Yes, they can be made to burn more cleanly and their emissions cleaned up with sophisticated particulate filters, but ultimately it's still burning unrefined dino juice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        FYI clean-burning diesels emit 97 percent fewer sulfur emissions than old-school diesels and virtually no sooty particulates. They produce 30 percent fewer greenhouse gases per mile than gasoline engines – while getting 20 to 40 percent better fuel mileage. And they do it all while maintaining the traditional diesel advantages of more torque and greater durability.
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