Update #1 February-24-2010 02:52 PDT:
Global Vehicles USA spokesman Mike Geylin says it's still the plan to introduce the TR20 and TR40 pickups this Spring.
Mahindra's TR20 and TR40 diesel pickup trucks are supposed to go on sale this spring but the Indian automaker has yet to file paperwork with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proving that the trucks will meet federal emissions regulations.
"The EPA has had informal discussion with Mahindra but they haven't officially applied to have the truck certified," said Cathy Milbourn, EPA spokeswoman.
In December, John Perez, CEO of Mahindra’s distributor Global Vehicles USA, said Mahindra had completed all the testing needed to ensure the Indian-built pickups meet U.S. federal standards. GV USA expected that certification paperwork would be submitted for approval to the government in January and approved by February.
Mahindra TR Series pickups will be offered in two cab configurations: a two-door regular cab and a four-door crew cab. Both will use a slightly modified version of Mahindra's mHawk 2.2-liter inline-four-cylinder diesel engine that meets U.S. emissions regulations. It's expected to have fuel economy ratings as high as 30 mpg and 1.3-ton hauling capability. Pricing is expected to start around $22,000.