Atlanta: Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has unveiled a line of sport utility vehicles and trucks that it plans to start selling in the United States in 2009.
The roughly 50,000 vehicles are expected to be manufactured in India and will be sold in the US States. But Mahindra and its US importer, Global Vehicles USA Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia, say the Mahindra vehicles will be set apart by their sleek design, affordability and fuel efficiency.
“The consumers are really looking for something like this, particularly with the prices at the pump,” William Goetze, president of Global Vehicles, said at a gathering at an Atlanta airport hotel to display the Mahindra line.
Final pricing has not been determined, but Mahindra’s 2-door single-cab pickup truck will be offered in the low $20,000 range and its 4-door truck and 5-door SUV, which seats seven, will be in the mid $20,000 range. A high-end version of the 4-door truck will be in the high $20,000 range, Goetze said.
All US vehicles will feature common rail diesel engines, six-speed automatic transmissions with two or four wheel drive depending on the model and 4-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranties.
Each is expected to get between 28 miles per gallon to 35 miles per gallon, officials said. Model names for the trucks are still being determined, but the SUV that will be sold in the US is Mahindra’s popular Scorpio model.