Mahindra To Seek EPA Approval Soon, On-Sale Date Still Unknown

April 26, 2010

Delays, unseen hurdles and a hazy message from the home company have made Mahindra's U.S. distributor's job a tough one, and it's not getting any easier though the truck is apparently nearing U.S. sale. Mahindra is expected to formally request EPA approval for its diesel-powered small pickup "in the next few days," according to the latest report.

Securing EPA approval for the truck would clear one of the major remaining hurdles for sale in the U.S., but U.S. distributor Global Vehicles and its CEO John Perez are still in the dark on when that day may come. Already over 350 dealers, including at least 24 standalone stores, are signed up to sell the trucks when they finally do arrive, but the corporate offices aren't letting out the details.

That doesn't mean it's not going to happen, however. Perez says the plan is moving forward, but at the same time expresses his frustration over the lack of what he calls transparency within the company. Perez worries over credibility perceptions when the truck finally does come here.

Speaking of the truck, it's an interesting little pickup: a 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder rated at an expected 150 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, a starting price of $22,000 and a 2,600-pound payload, together with a 60,000-mile, four-year bumper to bumper warranty, according to previous statements by Perez. A diesel hybrid version is also in the works.

We'll keep our ears to the ground to bring you the latest news on this interesting Indian compact pickup, so stay tuned.

[Automotive News -- sub. req.]

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