Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mahindra Pickups: Likely to Arrive in US with Improved Appearance

Late last week Mahindra unveiled the updated Mahindra PikUp for the Australian market. This “facelift” of the current model means the exterior styling remains unchanged with the exception of adding an updated hood, grill, bumper, and headlights from the recently unveiled and updated Indian Market Scorpio.

The front end restyle definitely adds a hint of modernization to the PikUp. According to Global Vehicles, USA spokesman, Mike Geylin, what we see here is very close to the face of Mahindra pickups that US customers will be seeing when the TR20 and TR40 are launched this fall.

MahindraPlanet is glad to see the more aggressive and slightly more angular look for the TR. The slots in the grill have been squared off at the corners and a pronounced Mahindra symbol sits atop a projected arch on the center slot. It’s noted that the TR retains seven vertical slots in the grill which we assume remains to pay homage to Mahindra’s long-time Jeep connection.

We’re not fans of goofy fake hood scoops, but we think the modern headlamps and more integrated looking bumper help to offset that minor styling faux pas.

The golden nugget of the facelift appears to be a very well done interior. Aside from the steering wheel on the wrong side (and manual transmission, unfortunately), we hope that the interior arrives in the US as seen in the photos.

The seats look reasonably shaped for proper comfort and support. The fit and finish look great (in the photo model at least) and the shapes, colors, and textures generally look as good as most trucks available in the US.

To read the full article, hit this link: Aussie PikUp Update

Photos: via

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mahindra & Mahindra: Cruising the Indian Cityscape in the Scorpio SUV

New York Times Editor, Nick Kurczewski, travled to Mumbai for a drive in the domestic version of the Mahindra Scorpio SUV. The article was posted on the Mahindra North America official website a few weeks ago, but it’s worth a look if you haven’t seen it before.

Kurczewski relays his experience on how the Scorpio worked around the streets of India’s densely populated capital city. He also speaks with Global Vehicles (the official US importer) John Perez and gets some insight into Mahindra’s thoughts on the US market and how they are positioning themselves with their unique vehicles to create a niche and prosper in a global economic downturn.

The article is light on an actual performance evaluation, but it’s a nice piece on Mahindra and the potential of the brand in the US. Obviously, MahindraPlanet thinks there is a place for a heavy duty small truck that gets 30mpg. We are eagerly awaiting our TR test drive on US soil!

NYT article link: Mahindra Says Wait and See

Photo: via New York Times

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mahindra Truck Dealers: New Listing of North American Mahindra Truck Dealerships on MahindraPlanet!

We’ve added a new list of known (or unconfirmed) dealers who will be carrying Mahindra pickups (TR20 and TR40) and SUV’s (Scorpio) in North America entitled, The MahindraPlanet Dealer Directory. You can find a permanent link to this list at the top right corner of the side bar.

DFW Mahindra has had a very strong web presence for quite a while now. They are the only dealer we’ve found that has a dedicated website so far. Acton does have a ‘Coming Soon’ button for their Mahindra enterprise.

If you know of a dealer who will be carrying Mahindra pickups and SUV’s when they become available this fall, please contact MahindraPlanet and send us a link to their website or comment on this post.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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