Indian automaker Mahindra has a new problem. If problems with its U.S. distributor weren't enough, now the 2011 Mahindra TR40 has been EPA-rated at 19/21 mpg, nowhere near the estimated 30 mpg claimed on the North American Web site.
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.?