• Aug 22, 2010

Mahindra Pik-Up - Click above for high-res image gallery

At long last, Mahindra can get in the business of actually selling its Pik-Ups instead of waiting for the EPA and fighting with its dealers. PickupTrucks.com reports that the little Indian truck has finally received EPA certification, meaning that retail sales of the TR20 and TR40 diesel pickups can begin next year.

Global Vehicles (Mahindra's U.S. distributor) put on a happy face, saying, "Our dealers are excited as well. This is great news," but it's unclear how this development will affect the ongoing litigation between the two entities. Global Vehicles recently sued Mahindra for missing three deadlines to have its trucks ready for sale, claiming that GV and its dealer body spent $95 million getting everything prepared. Our guess is that they'll find some timely way to kiss and make up so that you can get your $22,000 Pik-Up as soon as possible.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not their target market, but I think this will actually do really well here.

      There hasn't been a basic compact pickup on the road here since the early 80s, and the diesel will make it all the more attractive for many (I still see the old Nissan diesel p/u's running around my neck of the woods).

      I predict it will do well enough to accomplish two things: 1) Mahindra will upgrade this truck for North American tastes within 3 years and 2) Ford will look long and hard at this market and see if it's worth bringing their current "global" Ranger here at long last.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally we can blow up a car in movies no one will care about!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What will the odds be greater for, seeing a manhindra pickup or a bugatti veryon here in the US in person?
      I'd say the bugatti.
      Because nobody is going to buy this thing.
      Not a very well thought out plan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, I've seen TWO Mahindra pickups out doing road tests, and that was without actually trying.

        So far, I have seen zero Veyrons.

      • 4 Years Ago
      alexacoon
      4:53PM (8/22/2010)
      WHAT small trucks? The Ranger used to be one of the larger compact trucks when it replaced the Mazda, now its the smallest. If there are no small trucks how can you say no one will buy them?
      I'd love a 1970's sized true mini pickup with a little four cylinder that gets mid twenties, so many of these new trucks have huge four door cabs and tiny beds its obvious people don't use them to haul much anyway.
      As for the styling if your that concerned your not really buying a truck to be useful are you?


      Last time I checked, the Ranger is a small truck. Any smaller and you will have a smart car. How can I say no one will buy them? Look at compact sales today. Even Midsize. Full size sales is where it is at. I am glad you have dreams of a smaller truck, but the market is what it is. I would love a 2 door full size Bronco, but do you see one? Does it mean anyone else would buy one or the general public for that matter? No. Automakers are in it to make money, and small trucks are not it. As for styling. There is nothing wrong with looking good and workin at the same time. And quit trying to analyze me. My 2004 F150 has 126k miles, has moved me to another state, back, back again, and back home. Has traveled to many states, has hauled equipment, has helped others move, etc and still looks good doing it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sales Plan: Patel, Patel, Patel, Patel,.................
      • 4 Years Ago
      the ranger doesn't come with a turbo diesel. When was the last time you see a diesel sell cheaper than petro motors?
      • 4 Years Ago
      No thanks. I can get a brand new Ranger 4-cylinder, 5-speed for $15k out the door. And it's American, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's see, a mahindra diesel 4 wheel drive work truck getting about 30 mpg for around $22,000.
      Any other small truck available in the USA with 4 wheel drive getting 20 to 25 mpg and no available diesel for $30,000 +. Please help me with this decision..........
        • 4 Years Ago
        $22k is a base price, I don't think you'll see a 4wd version for $22k.

        As far as the price of diesel over regular unleaded(RUG), it's far less than 20% in most places. The national average for RUG as of 8/16/2010 is $2.745 while the national average for diesel is $2.979, that's a difference of $0.234 which is 8.5% higher than the price for RUG, not 20%. Nationally, the price for diesel is just slightly lower than the price for Premium Unleaded.

        Sure, in some places the difference might be much greater, but it's misleading to use the high end and claim that it's true across the board. Using the national average removes the localized differences and give us better figures to go off of, especially since we don't all live in the same vicinity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A new base Ranger (granted it is not 4x4) starts at $18K and gets 27 mpg highway. Considering that diesel costs at least 20% more than regular, you'll NEVER even come close to breaking even with a Mahindra.

        Of course, a diesel engine also costs more to maintain (been there, done that).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if I can swap its diesel into a Ranger's body. Give is a manual transmission and it would be everything I could dream of in a small pick-up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eww no thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that's what they said about the Hyundai H100 long time ago here in europe, man ..... just awefull.

        jet it sold well to companies that don't care, as long as it serve the needs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The main thing wrong with this truck is the price: it should be closer to $15K than 22K.

      What the market needs is a modernized version of the 80's Hilux. Not the Tacoma we have now, but the old Hilux. I don't care if it can survive being washed out to sea. I want a cheap, reliable, rugged, pickup I can toss around and get dirty and scratched and generally abuse in the line of duty, because that's what a utility pickup ought to be in my mind.

      Not a leather-trimmed office on wheels. Not with a moon roof. Not with a fridge in the glovebox.

      A small truck suitable for carrying bricks and concrete and fence poles without worrying about getting the seat messy or whether bumping that tree just took $5 grand off the resale value.

      Right now in the US market, there is little that fits that niche unless it's a used something that's probably worn out junk. Even used Hilux-era trucks demand a lot of cash because those who own them are not stupid. The Ranger sort of fits but being the only new option has left it with no reason to do better.

      So I wish Mahindra luck. Maybe this will spur some development at the lower end of pickups.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Who needs a compact pickup with hauling capability closer to F-150/Tundra than Ranger/Tacoma? Who needs a pickup that can deliver est. 30MPG?
      If this kind of product were already in the market, then I would agree with many of the comments. But no one offers this combination of payload and fuel economy, and I know many who believe Mahindra has a chance to succeed becuase it delivers something the old school players have failed to deliver on. Sounds like we should be beating up Ford and Toyota for failure to deliver a compact diesel, and we should hope Mahindra succeeds as it is good for the everyday trucker. And by the way, who cares about looks when it delivers 30MPG?
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