Do you remember the Mahindra TR20 and TR 40 pickups? The compact, diesel powered workhorses we last told you about at the start of the year? I’ve finally got some good news – the EPA has granted certification to sell the pickups in the U.S., so it looks like a 2011 launch will be likely.
EPA certification was the biggest hurdle to overcome, but Mahindra & Mahindra, the manufacturer, still has other problems to deal with. Their US distributor, Global Vehicles USA, filed suit against the manufacturer back in June, citing repeated delays and a growing anger among appointed dealerships. I’m just guessing here, but I’ll bet the suit goes away once product starts filling the pipeline.
In any case, the Mahindtra pickups, available in regular and crew cab configurations, should offer buyers a serious option for a small work truck. Pricing should start around $22k, and the 2.2 liter four cylinder diesel is said to be good for up to 30 mpg while offering a 2,600 pound payload capacity.
Source: Pickup Trucks