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First Drive: Mahindra Pik-Up

Indian maker hopes to curry interest of American truck buyers.

by on Aug.27, 2009

Indian automaker Mahinda plans to begin marketing two models in the U.S., including the Pik-Up.

Indian automaker Mahinda plans to begin marketing two models in the U.S., including two versions of the Pik-Up, and an SUV.

It’s been more than two years since we first heard Mahindra was bringing small diesel pickups to the U.S. During that time we’ve covered a steady stream of news about the Indian company and its American distributor Global Vehicles U.S.A., but we’ve most wanted to know: How will these trucks perform and can they live up to the high expectations of American truck buyers?

To find out we drove two foreign-market Mahindra trucks – a left-hand drive version of the recently updated Australian Pik-Up and a Scorpio SUV – down near Atlanta earlier this week.

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The two trucks aren’t identical to the rigs that will go on sale here – the two-door TR20 and four-door TR40 pickups (coming in February) and the SUV (due later in 2010) – but they’re close enough so that the single cab Pik-Up and “mHawk” diesel-powered Scorpio with a six-speed automatic give us a reasonable idea of what the stateside pickup’s powertrain will be like.

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