The ongoing saga of Mahindra's venture into the U.S.--a story laced with lawsuits between manufacturer and distributor, delays, more delays, and one enticing little diesel truck--has just turned a corner. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today certified the Mahindra diesel pickups for U.S. sale.
Certification was the largest remaining hurdles to retail sale in America for the company. Mahindra pickups will be sold in the U.S. by exclusive distributor Global Vehicles through both standalone and existing Mahindra dealerships.
Two models are planned for the U.S., the TR20 and TR40, in both regular and crew cab configurations. Power comes from Mahindra's U.S.-spec mHawk 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel, expected to rate around 150 horsepower but a more credible 300 pound-feet of torque. The little diesel mill will enable the truck to shoulder a 2,600-pound payload.
Pricing is expected to start at around $22,000, and all Mahindra pickups will come with a four-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty according to Global Vehicles. Rumors of a diesel hybrid version in the works are still unsubstantiated.
Despite the EPA certification, there's still no firm on-sale date for the pickup. The ongoing struggle between Mahindra and Global Vehicles may further delay the little pickup's arrival, though the TR20 and TR40 could begin arriving at dealerships as early as late 2010.