Australian Mahindra pickup “looks very close” to American version

Posted by Mike Levine | July 24, 2009

Mahindra Automotive Australia today presented an updated version of its Mahindra Pik-up with a refreshed front end and interior that perhaps predict what American buyers can expect.

On the outside, Mahindra has beefed up the look of the front bumper and given its company logo a more prominent place on the grille. The headlights are also a little more elegant.

Updated interior of the Australian Mahindra van

Inside, the Australian pickup receives new driver and front passenger airbags, wider seats, power mirrors, a new AM / FM / CD / MP3 audio system with USB and SD card ports and four cup holders – something from Mahindra’s American distributor, Global Vehicles USA Inc., had promised would be a high priority.

Besides the right-hand drive steering wheel and manual transmission (the US version will be a six-speed automatic), is what the exterior and interior of the Mahindra pickup will look like when it goes on sale here at the? end of this year?

“The Australian truck looks very close to ours,” GV USA spokesperson Mike Geylin told PickupTrucks.com this afternoon.

The American pickup, likely to be referred to as the TR20 or TR40, depending on the two- or four-door cab type, will use a slightly modified version of Mahindra’s 2.2-liter “mHawk” inline-four clean diesel engine. instead of the 2.5-liter CRD four-cylinder turbodiesel in the Australian Pik-up.

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[Source: Mahindra & Mahindra via ZigWheels]

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