By on October 13, 2010

Mahindra may have screwed up its US distribution deal (OK, somebody screwed it up), but perhaps the problem was simply that the Indian firm hadn’t sufficiently motivated the American public. After all, we may love simple, rugged diesel-powered pickups here at TTAC, but third-world-chic isn’t exactly a mass-market trend in the US (yet…). No, what Mahindra needs to get its US-market plans back on track is this, the Mahindra Bolero Attitude, a “custom concept” that Mahindra has been teasing on Facebook. It’s got all the Eff-Off attitude of a Hummer (RIP), but Facebook users report between 30 MPG (13 km per liter in the city) and 35 MPG (15 kmpl) on diesel fuel. With numbers like that, America’s love affair with obnoxiously brash SUVs could just make a comeback…

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33 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Mahindra America’s Been Missing Edition...”


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    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…
    Well they made it uglier than the Hummer, that’s something, at least it is good on fuel economy.
    Did you notice how low the Cat and exhaust line goes?
    I wonder if that wouldn’t be an issue on real offroad applications…
    Otherwise, nice Tonka truck.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Wow. This looks like a toy! Is it real? I’d like to see one in person.

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    nathan thurber

    i belive Fisher Price already captured the “Power Wheels” Market. 

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      That settles it. You ride ON TOP of it, not in it! I thought the scale looked all wrong. I think the neighbor’s kid has one.

      Seriously, though, if they removed most of the tacked-on stuff and simplified the headlight clusters and cleaned up in general, this could be pretty cool looking, and maybe drive cool as well. Kind of reminds me of the Jeepster Commando C-101 I once owned. Or an early Ford Bronco. Or a Sidekick. Or…

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    Domestic Hearse

    Conceptually, this diesel trucklet could be a tremendous success.

    Overly contrieved, however.

    Just too many off-road wiz-bang ding-bats stuck to this. It’s as if a middle schooler took three model kits (say of a Wrangler, Defender, and an FJ), and cobbled his dream off-roader together.
    That’s not to say I don’t get the usefulness of having jerry cans, snorkel, pick/axe/shovel, auxilliary lighting, rescue hooks, roll bars and a winch (which I’m not sure if this thing has). It’s just that this concept — all bedecked — is a visual hot mess. By advertising its business so obviously, it’s slid down the slippery slope (despite its claimed capabilities) coming to rest in Poser Creek.

    Perhaps some mud covering the copper-orange paint du jour would help me reframe my opinion of the Bolero, because I’ve wanted (like so many Wrangler owners like me) a diesel powered, efficient, low grunt Wrangler powerplant for, I dunno, ever. And have drooled over websites outlining Wrangler diesel swaps. This little Mahindra has so much potential…
    Just de-douche it.

     
     

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    jeremie

    I do need, and would buy a small, inexpensive, and fuel efficient truck. Ideally it would look like the Jeep Gladiator, or Jeep Brute pick-up conversion. A lot of people say they would buy this or that if only someone would offer it, but I am completely serious. No problem whatsoever paying 20-25k for it.

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      Yep, if the finished product looks closer to the Gladiator, it may do quite well.
       
      And as I’ve stated before, I think the cure for Mahindra’s distro issues is to sell their trucks (initially) through their existing farm tractor network. It would be a pretty easy transition.
       
      If the sales justify it, only THEN should they consider 3rd party deals or dedicated dealerships.

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    OldandSlow

    Don’t worry.  For the US at least, this isn’t probably going to happen anytime soon.
     
    A 30K’ish Jeep Gladiator sans-diesel will probably show up sooner.

  • avatar
    dswilly

    Wow! I thought the Hummer looked like a cartoon car, this takes the cake.

  • avatar
    stryker1

    GAh! Kill it! Send it to hell!

  • avatar
    GrandCharles

    No one asked the real question: how many cup holder? Seriously, living in the north with real winter, a thing like that could have a use…always dreamed of going to work in a snowstorm in a Hummer H1…bring it white bitch!

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    So Mahindra’s new distribution channel is Tonka then?

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    7th Frog

    get all the tacked-on off road shit off of it and I love it!

  • avatar
    Tstag

    This is the way the rest of the world sees the American car industry. What does that say?

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    It’s a lot better looking than the Nissan Juke.

  • avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    This thing is f–king ridiculous, almost a parody of what an Indian car designer thinks of American offroaders.
    That said, I f–king LOVE IT.  WANT.
    But with skidplates and a decent lift, that dangly shit underneath does not compute.

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    Amendment X

    Pretty badass. This is what Jeep should be doing.

  • avatar
    LALoser

    Takes the cobbled-together look to new heights.

  • avatar
    newfdawg

    With all the gingerbread tacked on, it looks like a teenager’s wet dream..but it doesn’t look
    like it would take much to knock the exhaust system off this thing.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    I LOVE it.  But then the Jeep I’d most like to own is a Scrambler pickup.

  • avatar
    James2

    Is that an Oldsmobile logo (Aurora?) masquerading as the snorkel?

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    Lorenzo

    Jeep owns a trademark on its grille design. How does this one evade the trademark?

  • avatar
    bugo

    That thing is grotesque.  Way uglier than their pickup truck, which is ugly enough.

  • avatar
    mnm4ever

    All you naysayers are effin crazy.  This thing would sell like hotcakes, especially at the prices Mahindra is targeting.  If it had even close to Wrangler-esq off-road capabilities, combined with a efficient diesel powertrain and wanna-be H2 looks, it would kill.  Make it a 4-door and it would kill even more.  All the Wrangler buyers desperately waiting for a diesel would be happy, the people who wanted an H2 but couldnt stomach the price and/or the crappy gas mileage would be happy.  And no big name manufacturer would be competing, since no one else sells a small diesel truck.  Sure its a bit over the top, but its a concept car, its supposed to be.  Tone it down a bit for production, lose the Rubicon trail accessories and its really a very good design.  This is the kind of design that would work for a small company like Mahindra, it would put them on the map, and possibly jumpstart the big guys into offering something different for a change.


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