Mahindra is back in the news again, this time about fuel efficiency. You’ve heard about the Indian automaker’s struggles with its U.S. distributor and now we’ve discovered the TR40 truck is EPA-rated at 19/21 city/highway mpg.
Good for a combined 20 mpg, the four-door TR40 is powered by a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is part of the package and the automaker claims the truck has a 5000-pound towing capacity and 2765-pound payload capacity.
With these fuel economy numbers falling far below the claimed 30 mpg on the highway, Mahindra’s success in the U.S. — if it ever arrives on our shores — will depend on price. For comparison, a 2011 Ford Ranger with a 4.0-liter V-6 and four-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic is rated 14/18 mpg city/highway. A four-wheel-drive 2011 Toyota Tacoma with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic gets 18/21 mpg, and a four-wheel-drive 2011 Chevrolet Colorado with a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic is rated 17/23 mpg.
With the Mahindra’s TR40’s 19-gallon fuel tank, the truck can travel about 361 miles in the city and 399 miles on the highway.
What do you think: With fuel economy at 19/21 mpg, do you think the diesel-powered Mahindra TR40 has a chance in the U.S.?