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TomberLawn
01-01-2009, 11:17 AM
I just found this. Mahindra is working on a diesel pickup for the US market. 2.2L variable geometry turbocharged diesel engine with approximately 150-180hp and 300lb-ft of torque, compared to the Ranger's 4 cyl with 143hp and 154lb-ft of torque. That would haul some stuff in the back. Payload is 2600lbs. Here's a link with some pictures: http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/11/mahindra-appalachian-diesel-pickup-arrives-in-us-next-year-dies/

punt66
01-01-2009, 11:36 AM
I just found this. Mahindra is working on a diesel pickup for the US market. 2.2L variable geometry turbocharged diesel engine with approximately 150-180hp and 300lb-ft of torque, compared to the Ranger's 4 cyl with 143hp and 154lb-ft of torque. That would haul some stuff in the back. Payload is 2600lbs. Here's a link with some pictures: http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/11/mahindra-appalachian-diesel-pickup-arrives-in-us-next-year-dies/

The ride must be stiff to have that payload capacity. Good concept. Too bad its not American! Buy American vehicles. Support our families.

DBFlawn
01-01-2009, 03:27 PM
The ride must be stiff to have that payload capacity. Good concept. Too bad its not American! Buy American vehicles. Support our families.

agreed 13252368777749587958988888889% !!! lol

PROCUT1
01-01-2009, 03:32 PM
Nice...Just in time to replace my ranger.

It looks pretty cool.

TomberLawn
01-01-2009, 04:08 PM
The ride must be stiff to have that payload capacity. Good concept. Too bad its not American! Buy American vehicles. Support our families.

According to the articles I found about it, the trucks will be assembled in Ohio to get around a 25% import tariff.

30-35mpg sounds pretty good, along with twice the torque of a 4 cyl. Ranger. I could see these trucks having dovetail beds on them and carrying walk behind mowers, maybe even a flatbed dump for hauling a ton of mulch, dirt, etc.

They could make it a little prettier, but for a work truck, it looks ok.

IA_James
01-01-2009, 04:10 PM
A little chrome on the front end would help it alot. I wish the Big 3 would build something like that.

PROCUT1
01-01-2009, 04:21 PM
A little chrome on the front end would help it alot. I wish the Big 3 would build something like that.

That would involve innovation and change.

Thats a "foreign" concept.

HenryB
01-01-2009, 04:24 PM
That would involve innovation and change.

Thats a "foreign" concept.

Sad but very true.

BrandonV
01-01-2009, 04:47 PM
so the tractor dealers are going to be selling trucks?

J&R Landscaping
01-01-2009, 05:44 PM
I wonder what the ride is going to feel like? I'd be bettin on switching out the rear springs and dropping a set of air bags in there. That way you can have your payload and a semi decent ride.
I'll be on the lookout for them if and when they make it over here!

SouthValleyLandscapeMaint
01-01-2009, 05:46 PM
Whats one of those things gonna sell for though?

Mickhippy
01-01-2009, 06:14 PM
http://www.caradvice.com.au/4701/2007-mahindra-pikup-4x4-road-test/

DLAWNS
01-01-2009, 06:48 PM
I have never even heard of that brand. I'll be curious if we see any of them around.

mybowtie
01-01-2009, 09:43 PM
The bed looks like it came off an old toyota or datsun pickup...Has the same tie down hooks they had.........Buy:usflag:

nosparkplugs
01-01-2009, 10:25 PM
Theirs still many EPA hoops for this truck to jump through to make it to our shores. it's also known as the "bulldog" I hope it makes it:clapping:

Most of these "euro diesels" have & will spank the toyota & Honda Hybrids without the batteries.:laugh:
Sadly where deprived of many of these Euro market diesels BMW, VW, MB, were arse backwards in European countries diesel is the preferred power choice, and gasoline is second. GM & Ford have been very profitable selling diesel engines in the euro market for years. It's at home their losing.

Where in a strangle hold buy the EPA, and the Big three. Are we going to clean up the whole plant, while going broke? It will be tough to get the world to follow on the emission issue vs real world demands. We have to fix many other problems at home? before we can cash in on our worldly emission credits

stuvecorp
01-01-2009, 11:03 PM
Theirs still many EPA hoops for this truck to jump through to make it to our shores. it's also known as the "bulldog" I hope it makes it:clapping:

Most of these "euro diesels" have & will spank the toyota & Honda Hybrids without the batteries.:laugh:
Sadly where deprived of many of these Euro market diesels BMW, VW, MB, were arse backwards in European countries diesel is the preferred power choice, and gasoline is second. GM & Ford have been very profitable selling diesel engines in the euro market for years. It's at home their losing.

Where in a strangle hold buy the EPA, and the Big three. Are we going to clean up the whole plant, while going broke? It will be tough to get the world to follow on the emission issue vs real world demands. We have to fix many other problems at home? before we can cash in on our worldly emission credits

It's a shame we didn't have a viable diesel small truck from the Big Three for the last twenty years. Why do the ecofreaks keep killing diesel? It will be interesting to see how this truck will do.

Ford had a retro Bronco(like Jeep size) concept with a small diesel a couple years ago and I was excited, it would be nice for running around and it was supposed to be fairly affordable but it never made it.

IA_James
01-01-2009, 11:06 PM
It's a shame we didn't have a viable diesel small truck from the Big Three for the last twenty years. Why do the ecofreaks keep killing diesel? It will be interesting to see how this truck will do.


It's about as much the oil companies as the tree huggers. They know good and well that having vehicles running around that get 40 and 50 mpg is going to cut into their profits.

stuvecorp
01-02-2009, 12:12 AM
It's about as much the oil companies as the tree huggers. They know good and well that having vehicles running around that get 40 and 50 mpg is going to cut into their profits.

Unfortunately, I agree with you. Also with just some small tweaks it could go Biodiesel and further hurt big oil.:hammerhead:

Lakewlc
01-02-2009, 10:48 AM
its a little pricey

ryry278
01-02-2009, 11:25 AM
I think it looks like a pretty cool little truck. Depending on price

genesis215
01-03-2009, 12:18 PM
I don't you if y'all know, but the S10, Ranger, Toyota, Nissan, and Isuzu pickups all used to have diesels back in the early to late 80's. The S10 and Isuzu had an Isuzu 2.2L diesel, and got 36-38 MPG. The Ranger had a Mazda 2.2L diesel from '83-'84, then a Mitsubishi 2.3L Turbodiesel from '85-'87, both around 33 MPG. The Toyota had a 2.4L, and Nissan had a 2.2L and 2.5L. All around 35 MPG, and 50-80 HP. I'm sure this new Mahindra diesel is quite a bit better than any of these, plus these are all quite rare now.

genesis215
01-03-2009, 12:19 PM
Mazda also had it's own diesel pickup as well.

shepoutside
01-03-2009, 12:37 PM
Hope these come to Canada someday!

Tim03
01-03-2009, 05:39 PM
Did you all read that review?

The truck has build quality issues, interior pieces breaking on first use, a disturbing smell and engine noise that drones out the stereo at normal listening levels. It did sound like it would make an okay work truck. It just wouldn't sell to truck buyers that just like to drive trucks.

IA_James
01-03-2009, 05:55 PM
Sounded like a good truck to buy for an employee to use. I can't imagine anybody actually wanting to buy more than one for themselves. Might be ok around town, that would be it.

PROCUT1
01-03-2009, 06:12 PM
Yeah...It sounded nice until i read the review

Mickhippy
01-03-2009, 06:23 PM
All of these have or are small diesel. I own a 06 Navara D22 Cab Chassis and think its under powered for towing a small 6x8 trailer with a SZ on it!

http://www.nissan.com.au/navarad22/
http://www.nissan.com.au/navarad40/
http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au/pages/vehicles/triton/home.aspx#/pages/vehicles/triton/models.aspx?id=4052
http://www.toyota.com.au/hilux
http://www.toyota.com.au/landcruiser-70-series/range
http://www.mazda.com.au/Models/Current%20models/bt-50.aspx
http://www.ford.com.au/servlet/ContentServer?cid=1163397392649&pagename=Page&site=FOA&c=DFYPage
http://www.holden.com.au/www-holden/action/modeloverview?modelid=9006

hosejockey2002
01-05-2009, 12:49 AM
The bed looks like it came off an old toyota or datsun pickup...Has the same tie down hooks they had.........Buy

Those tie down hooks may be ugly, but they are FUNCTIONAL. Function is something that has been missing in compact/midsize pickups for over 20 years. If American companies would build a compact pickup that was actually useful and economical, I would probably buy one for sure. Right now no one makes a small pickup that is worth a damn for doing any actual work. The small trucks that Chevy and Dodge make now are especially worthless, with tiny short beds and silky smooth suspensions that can't carry any weight. They are basically SUVs with open beds. Toyota and Nissan's offerings aren't much better.

The Ford Ranger was the last true compact that was of any use, now Ford is discontinuing it.

lawnboy dan
01-06-2009, 07:10 PM
i hope they have the sence to offer an 7 or 8 foot bed