• Dec 23rd 2009 at 4:00PM
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Mahindra Pik-Up - Click above for high-res image gallery

Starting to wonder if the Mahindra TR20 (two-door) and TR40 (four-door) small pickups will ever come to market here in the States? You're not alone. Though our Magic 8 Ball still tells us it's likely that the compact trucks will indeed make an appearance at some unknown point in the future, news comes by way of PickupTrucks.com that the Indian haulers have been delayed yet again until sometime in the spring of 2010.

Sound familiar? It should – this isn't Mahindra's first delay. As a matter of fact, it's not its second delay, either, not that the extra time is completely unexpected. After all, it's not easy to launch an entirely new brand in the United States with as-yet untested products.

In any case, Global Vehicles USA, the chosen distributor for Mahindra's wares here in the States, is saying that the TR20 and TR40 have now passed U.S. federal safety and emissions standards and the final paperwork will be completed by February. We shall see.

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[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm all about compact pickups, but this is just downright silly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that this truck looks a bit silly but it is spartan and simple, both good virtues in a compact truck. Diesel torque and fuel efficiency, probably pretty good off-road, it may not look too nice but I'll bet it will be a very useful and practical truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually like it... but yeah I don't see anyone buying an economy pickup truck for $22 grand, especially one made in India. Whatever happened to the initial reports saying this thing was going to be like 13k?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only if it comes with a year supply of chicken tikka and garlic naan. I have to know that when I get home after a long commute with the special Mahindra curry fresh interior that I can at least feast after being teased for 40 miles

      It will only play Bhangra music out of the 8 track tape deck and the atari sat nav will point out every 7Eleven on your route home or switch over to allow your buddies to enjoy a heated game of pong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To everyone saying this will be an awful vehicle with no sales. Keep in mind that the same thing was said about early Japanese vehicles and now we've just seen Korean vehicles make the jump to mass market. As long as they can offer equal or better quality and at a lower price point than the mainstays, they should do just fine. If they cannot do that, they'll be voted out by consumer dollars.
      Ed Myers
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, its amazing how many dumb rednecks actually know how to use computers, I'll give em' that!

      All this "Buy American" crap is nonsense. I bet most of those commenting consider themselves Repuublecans (pronounced with hick-ass southern draw). They claim to love capitalism but say you are "unpatriotic" for purchasing a foreign made vehicle. Well, I hate to break it to you guys, but that Chevy/Ford/Dodge you are driving is built of parts assembled and sourced from all over the world. Not to mention shareholders of said companies live all over the world. We are in a globalized economy. There is no such thing as an American car.

      Actually, buying a diesel Mahindra is much more American/Patriotic than purchasing anything American made (except Ford, as Chrysler and GM were bailed out with YOUR tax dollars, that's called a controlled economy, aka, socialism). Capitalism is all about providing the consumer with a product they desire/need at a price they can afford. It's not about supporting a particular geographical local or brand or jobs. These Mahindras may be ugly and untested, but they will serve a void in the small/midsize truck segment. As for me, I'm confident in my mainly-hood, I don't need a huge 4-door overkill, lifted, gas-guzzling V8 pickup to get the job done. Please, grow a brain and learn how to speak English (opposed to redneck, seriously, its quite annoying and just lazy).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in the Corpus Christi TX area. For some reason this area is used for testing new cars. I have seen these pick up trucks on the road around here lately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      It might be compact and efficient, but I don't see it gain traction in the US........its styling looks very outdated.
      Greg Dunn
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will stay with my Chevy Truck. They are the best truck on the road. I had a Dodge D50 and although it was a very reliable truck it was just to small. When I replaced it with the Chevy I said never again will I buy a import. And then I bought a Mazda Protege...... Good car and 35+ mpg but when the oil pump went out and it cost $440.00 to replace it That did me for good on imports. I can replace the Chevy oil pump labor and all for $80.00. As for me and my house it's a Chevy Product thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If US citizens do not stop buying foreign owned, foreign made products...continue to see more job losses here!

      Not even "green" jobs are safe, one US company has already laid off their employees, and shipped the jobs to China.....just as England did!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is no different than GM prancing the Volt around for years on end or the Toyoburu...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's VERY different, Luis.

        Mahindra's trucks were not designed for this market. And they've announced a launch date. Then delayed it. 3 or 4 times now.

        GM has announced a launch date - November 2010 - for the Volt. And everything we've seen since about it says that that program is running on time or ahead of schedule.

        It'll be designed for regulatory compliance from the get-go, with an established dealer network to distribute the vehicles to customers.

        No promises have been broken with the Volt or Toyota/Subaru coupes.

        They have been for the pickups.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm just saying the anticipation. It's tired already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis, you are always easy to find on this forum. Just follow the trail of 1/2 star comments....
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