The Mahindra TR20 Aruval Concept (click image for full size view) shows what the soon-to-be-released Mahindra pickup trucks might look like with some minor cosmetic changes and a bit of suspension tuning.
Okay, news of the Mahindra TR20 and TR40 US launch has been a very slow trickle lately. So we decided to do a quick and cheesy, pencil-whipping of the TR20 design to get an idea of how a potential Mahindra tuner might work-over the basic design.
About the TR20 Aruval Concept:
We’ve started with a standard 2-wheel drive TR20 and took the liberty of shaving the drip rail, and removing the tie down cleats from the bed sides to make the design a little more current. These are the only modifications done to the body. All standard body lines remain intact. A rear view was chosen for the sake of sketching simplicity…
The TR20 Aruval has been lowered significantly versus the stock TR20. The bland original equipment wheels have been replaced with a simple six-spoke design that gives the truck a more modern feel. The stock wheels have a massive positive offset, so additional rim width has been added inboard. The intention was to make the wheel appear as a stock replacement and not do anything too outrageous (like adding negative offset). To scale, this would be a 20 inch wheel with a 10 inch rim width.
Other changes include removal of the rear bumper and the addition of a diffuser-style roll pan. The bars in the cab side windows have been removed, and sportier side view mirrors have replaced the awkward stock ones.
Under the hood is a bit of a mystery. We’re hoping that diesel tuning companies like Banks or Bully Dog will take a risk and at least put out some ECU controllers, cold air intakes, and exhaust systems for these trucks.
As for the Aruval name, we wanted something that would sound aggressive and also pay respect to the truck’s Indian origin. An Aruval is an Indian blade that is used as more of a tool than a weapon. We thought this was appropriate for the Mahindra pickup as the truck is all about effective utility.
Yes, this is a quick sketch without a lot of detail. Maybe one of our readers with some PhotoShop or rendering expertise will step up and submit their idea of an Americanized Mahindra pickup. We will welcome any submissions and we will ensure that the artist is credited for his/her work. So take this as an open invitation to submit your own ideas (would be nice to see some off-road versions). Please comment and make suggestions or submissions.