Indian company Mahindra & Mahindra is set to export its 4X4s to the US, but the brand launch is delayed once again after an earlier postponement in August by Global Vehicles USA, its distributor. With this, M&M should launch its diesel-powered TR Series small trucks in April 2010.
Mahindra has completed all the testing needed to ensure the Indian-built pickups meet US federal standards, assured Global Vehicles USA. Certification paperwork will be submitted for approval to the government in January and approved by February.
Mahindra TR pickups will be offered in two-door regular form and as a four-door crew cab. Both will use Mahindra’s 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that’s modified to meet US emissions rules. To start from USD 22,000, it’s expected to have fuel economy ratings of 10.6 km/l and a 1.3-tonne hauling ability.
Remember the Mahindra Scorpio 4X4 sold by USF-Hicom? Looks like there are still some that lie around, as USF took up an ad in Tuesday’s The Star promoting the petrol version of the SUV with the headline “Let’s Talk Price!” and the RM55,000 figure. At that price, the Scorpio is surely Malaysia’s cheapest SUV/4X4.