“We are working on a lot of models. There will be a pick up on a completely new platform,” said Arun Malhotra, senior vice-president (sales and customer care, Mahindra & Mahindra). “We plan to bring it in the second of 2011. It will be positioned near the top-end of our commercial vehicle pickup range, with a payload capability of above 1 tonne.”
Livemint.com confirms that Mahindra plans to launch an new 1.2 ton capacity pickup truck in the second quarter of 2011 for the Indian domestic market. The description of the new pickup leads Mahindra Planet to believe that this is the pickup version of the much rumored second generation Scorpio SUV.
The latest information confirms that this is indeed a separate model and launch from the anticipated W201 'World SUV'. The load capacity of the new truck is nearly identical to that of the current generation Scorpio-based Getaway/TR20/TR40 pickups whose launch has been delayed in the United States several times over the last 2 years.
While it is still unclear how or when Mahindra will resolve it's ongoing dispute with it's US import and distribution partner, Global Vehicles USA, it is clear that they have an all new pickup nearly ready for production. One can assume that Mahindra's global sales aspirations have led them to develop the new pickup for multiple markets including the US.
As details of the new pickup emerge, Mahindra Planet will get it posted up as we get it.