Mahindra launches Gio pickup truck

Mahindra has launched its Gio commercial vehicle. Calling it “India’s first compact truck”, the Gio is priced at Rs. 1.65 lakh.

Mahindra Gio uses a two-cylinder, 441cc, diesel engine that produces 9.1 bhp and 2.2 kgm of peak torque. The engine is developed by Kohler and is made at Kohler’s facilities in India, while the transmission is a 4-speed manual, developed by Mahindra. The engine is mated to a 4 speed gearbox and is claimed to give a mileage of 27 kmpl.

The Gio has a payload of 0.5 tonne, with a GVW of a little over 1.1 tonne. Unlike other mini-trucks, it uses front independent suspension rather than leaf springs.

The Gio will be sold in two phases. The first phase will involve the North, East and Western parts of India and the vehicle will be available right away. The second phase will see the vehicle being launched in the south, which should happen by January 2010. Mahindra will retail the vehicle through 500 points and 150 dealerships.

Gio’s USP lies with features such as better mileage and load optimization, safety and ‘car like’ feel at a very competitive price. The Gio comes with five color options – Golden Yellow, Sporty Green, Royal Red, Peacock Blue and Diamond White.

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