Polaris Introduces Multix Mini Truck In India
Diesel-Powered Mini Utility Meets Needs of Emerging Market
In the U.S., the term “mini truck” brings to mind the last-generation Ford Ranger, the Nissan Hardbody, and the Toyota Pickup, known everywhere else as the Hilux. However, it takes on an altogether different context in emerging markets. In countries such as India, ruggedness, affordability, and utility are top priorities. To meet the needs of the growing Indian economy, Polaris, along with its local partner Eicher Motors, has come up with the Multix mini utility truck. Imagine a fully enclosed Ranger side-by-side utility and you’ll have the basic idea.
The Multix features an on-board electrical generator and power outlet, an important and useful feature in India where blackouts can be an almost daily occurrence. To increase cargo capacity, the Multix has a folding midgate, just like the Chevrolet Avalanche, and when not hauling, a passenger capacity of five on front and rear bench seats. With the midgate up, the Multix offers 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space and 67 cubic feet with the midgate folded.
For you fans of diesel power, the Multix features a 510cc naturally aspirated single-cylinder diesel, producing a raging 9.7hp and 20 lb-ft of torque. That power is directed to the wheels by a four-speed manual transmission with reverse. Brakes are drums at all four corners. To help deal with the rough Indian roads, ground clearance is a generous 8.86 inches. It may not be very powerful, but it does deliver fuel economy of 67 mpg. All this versatility is yours for 232,850 Indian Rupees. That sounds like a fortune until you figure out it translates to a modest $3,500 U.S. For that price, we wouldn’t mind playing with this little runabout in the neighborhood or on the farm. For now, Polaris has no plans on offering the Multix in the U.S.