California Autos Examiner

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Want to test drive a Mahindra diesel pickup?

2009 Mahindra four-door truck

Pickups and diesel engines go together like donuts and coffee. Sure you can enjoy them separately, but aren't they better together? In the U.S., your diesel pickup options have been limited to full-size trucks with full-size price tags.

Indian manufacturer Mahindra wants to shake things up with a small, diesel powered pickup that will be as easy on your wallet as it is easy on fuel.

Now you can get a sneak peak by signing up for Mahindra's cross country tour. Before you even ask, the website does not list where the tour stops will be. Also, and perhaps more troubling, there is no privacy statement on the site, so all bets are off when it comes to your information. One would hope that they'll do the right thing and not spam you to death, but to be safe I'd recommend caution. Note that all they require is your name, e-mail and zip, so don't give them more than they demand. More than likely they will use early hand raisers to plan the tour route, so it does make sense to sign up.

While the exterior might look funky, the interior is supposedly being reworked to suit American tastes. The pickup is supposed to be available in the U.S. by the end of the year and the diesel WILL be 50 state legal.

For more info: Thanks to Truck Trend and for the heads up.
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Ihor said...

I signed up six months ago and have not received any spam or other information for that matter. Hope the test drive of my next truck will be up to my expectations. A basic no frills truck is my preference, because American taste is really off. Rather than catering to the suburban, soccer mom, jewel box crowd, Mahindra ought to make a basic vehicle and allow the option list fill the fluff crowd's needs. Skip the power windows, AC, automatic transmission and carpet, I work my trucks hard.

Michael Sheena said...

i've heard from a couple of other people who signed up but have not heard. i can tell that things seem to be progressing. hopefully we'll hear more from the distributor soon. as an update, here's an article from the detroit free press that gives hope that the trucks will be here sooner rather than later!

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