We really do think that a small, fuel efficient and comparatively inexpensive pickup truck powered by a modern diesel engine is a good thing for the American market... it's just too bad that it has to come in such an ungainly package. While the standard-fare pickup from Mahindra isn't exactly a looker in its base form, the American-spec TR40 seen in these spy shots is arguably even less attractive after its updates.
Up front is a front bumper guard that PickupTrucks.com says will be standard here in the States. At the back is a new stamped-steel rear bumper. Both of these updates are reportedly required to meet U.S. regulations. Inside, while the furnishings aren't up to luxury car standards and panel gaps seem rather large, the look isn't necessarily unattractive and this is probably a pre-production model.

Under the hood will be a 2.2-liter diesel engine that should put out somewhere in the neighborhood of 120 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission option is expected to be a six-speed automatic. We're hearing that this powertrain combination should offer 30 mpg, 1.3-tons of payload and 5,000 pounds of towing ability. If those numbers prove accurate and Mahindra is able to come in with an attractive base price, perhaps the styling won't matter. We'll see.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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