How did the concept of pick up trucks came to India? It was probably because of convenience reasons. Pick-up trucks are great for business and it has been in fact traditionally used from time immemorial by small and large entrepreneurs to aid their businesses, doing deliveries or carrying stuff from one place to the other.
For them, pick-up trucks are absolutely relevant and imperative for their livelihood and thus catering to that crowd, companies started formulating pick-up trucks that are inexpensive but provided with a sturdy engine.
They has to be extremely powerful for the heavy duty stuff they are subjected to and had to be extremely durable. But their prevalence in India these days are not just limited to the business owners but to usual families as well.
With increasing economy and the urge to own vehicles, people are now buying pick-up trucks more and more in India. With a car already in the garage like a sedan or a hatchback, people are tending towards buying personal pick-up trucks to be used on a regular basis. This trend was obviously more popular in the Western world but Indians too now have picked up the personal pick up concept and the automotive industry, as a result, is looking good. 4 new pickup trucks that have surfaced in India include –
- Mahindra Scorpio Getaway –This car is basically a revamped version of the beloved Mahindra Scorpio. It comes with the Mahindra Scorpio body minus the third row. There is an extended bed instead. The design is more or less similar to the old Scorpio. The car comes with a power train of a 2.6 L turbocharged Common Rail Diesel Engine that generates a maximum power output of 115 BHP @ 3800 rpm and a produces a peak torque of 277.5 Nm @ 1700 rpm.
It is essentially a two wheel drive that comes paired to a 5 speed MT. The car has the ability to go from 0 to 100 kmph in only 19.7 seconds. It is a strong and sturdy car that has a city mileage of 9 kmpl while the highway mileage for the car is 11 kmpl. The price of the car is around Rs. 9 lacs for the 4WD variant.
- TATA Xenon XT–Among the latest SUV pick upcars India surfacing, the TATA Xenon XT is probably the most good looking one. It can easily pass as one of the luxury pick up cars in India, looks wise. It is run by a 2.2 litre VTT DICOR (Variable Turbine Technology – Direct Injection Common Rail) diesel engine which generates a maximum power output of 139 bhp. The engine comes coupled to a 5 speed MT and an intelligent ECU (engine control unit). The car can produce a maximum speed of 160 kmph and mileages of 9 kmpl and 12 kmpl for city and highway respectively. The price of the car is around Rs.11 lacs.
- Mahindra Bolero Pick-Up – This car comes in 4 different variants, such as the FB, FB PS, FB CNG and the CBC 2WD. Apart from the FB CNG variant all produce a maximum power output of 63 bhp at 3000 rpm and all the four variants have the ability to produce a maximum speed of 110 kmph. It is priced around 8 lacs.
- Isuzu D Max V Cross – Tagged as India’s first Adventure Utility Vehicle, the vehicle promises to make each moment of the ride exciting and exhilarating. This is your perfect means to power away and get your way out of the Indian traffic with class, confidence and style.
The car has all the space in the world and comes with a 2.5-litre, turbocharged diesel engine that produces 134 hp and 320 Nm of torque. This along with a myriad of safety features help you get going strong on even the most challenging terrains. The car is priced a bit on the high end, around 13 lacs but it is worth every penny.
The problem with pick up trucks is that these are good for carrying things but not people. They cannot seat more than 5 people although there is space for more than 8 people i.e. if you wish to seat them on the extended bed at the back. Gradually modified SUV pick ups are seeing the light of the day and soon these will become more prevalent on the Indian roads than the sedans and the hatchbacks.