Photos: Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company
We've waited almost two years to catch a glimpse of the U.S.-spec Mahindra TR40 crew cab pickup you see in these pictures. The Indian-built diesel pickup has several refinements that set it apart from the rest of the Mahindra's Scorpio-platform trucks sold overseas (including the version we drove last month). The U.S. truck adds a front bumper guard -- that's similar to an aftermarket guard -- as standard equipment and a stamped-steel rear bumper. Both enhancements are needed to pass low-speed crash tests, which call for the front and rear bumpers to survive 2.5 mph direct and 1.5 mph corner impacts without damage. The trucks have standard stability control and four-wheel disc brakes.
Inside the TR40, you can see the 6-speed automatic transmission shifter that manages the 2.2-liter four-cylinder mHawk diesel engine, and that it comes with a manual gear select setting. The interior trim is very similar to the Australian version of the Mahindra. The center console between the seats includes three cupholders, power window controls and the four-wheel drive switchgear.
The Mahindra TR40 and two-door TR20 pickups are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in February. Global Vehicles U.S.A., Mahindra's U.S. distributor, says it has signed up 345 dealers nationwide. The starting price is expected to be from $20,000 to $25,000.