Mahindra Pik-Up

Posted: September 26, 2010 in Being Green

Soon to be released in December 2010 in the US (likely 2011) is the Mahindra Pik-Up (2 door and 4 door).  It is about the same size as our compact pickup but most importantly it comes with a well proven 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine.  It is definitely the ugly duckling compact truck but its overall capabilities may overcome its looks:

  • Just cleared EPA testing (though there is a contract dispute with Global Vehicles – who was to be their sole dealer nationwide)
  • 7′ Bed in 2 door model (longest of any compact pickup and longer than all but the 8′ bed in full size pickups)
  • 30 MPG Highway (does not say city mpg) – I hope it comes with start/stop technology as this will significantly help city mpg and make it by far the most fuel efficient pickup sold in the US
  • 4 year – 60,000 mile  bumper to bumper warranty
  • 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine with 140 hp and 236ft lbs tq
  • 6 Speed Automatic w/ traction control, electronic stability and rollover mitigation
  • Tow Rating: 5,ooo lbs (that’s enough to pull a lightweight trailer and small racecar)
  • Haul Rating (in bed): 2,765 lbs (more than a standard 1/2 truck)

Though it maybe made in India, Mahindra makes some very rugged tractors and it also was one of the Willy’s Jeep manufacturers in WWII.  This maybe a promising alternative to a gas powered truck for towing purposes (open trailer only) or a very expensive 3/4 ton domestic truck.  I’ve always wondered why the Big 3 could never bring us a diesel powered 1/2 pickup.  That would be ideal for most racers – great mpg and lower cost than 3/4 ton truck.

Click here for more information: Spec Sheet

OEM Website: http://www.mahindrana.com/index.html

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