Polaris Delivers Utility in India’s Newest Pickup Truck
To its US customers, Polaris Industries is best known for its off-road side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and Indian motorcycles. But across the ocean, Indian customers may see Polaris in a different light – as an emerging star in India’s light pickup truck market. The US-based manufacturer entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Indian automaker Eicher Motors to produce a low-cost utility vehicle, and this is that final product, the Multix. The mini pickup truck is billed as a 3-in-1 solution for Indian small business owners with multiple needs, and at a starting price of $3,657 – it could certainly hit its mark. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the 2015 Eicher Polaris Multix Pickup Truck
Why 3-in-1? Like many of today’s pickup trucks, these utes are dual purpose load haulers and people carriers. The Multix has been designed to accommodate a family of five with its two rows of seating, yet also arrives with fold-flat rear benches to allow for 67 cubic feet of load space. Models will be available in open air AX+ configurations as well as a higher specification enclosed cockpit MX trim with an available rear cap to cover the truck bed.
The interesting third Multix feature comes in the form of its "X-Port" generator, which can deliver 3kW of electric power – allowing users to power lighting, run businesses, and use external industrial equipment. At its core, the Multix is not too dissimilar to a conventional off-road side-by-side vehicle. It sports a 511cc diesel single-cylinder engine good for nine horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque, a four-speed manual transmission, space frame chassis, and rugged independent suspension. But don’t expect this mini truck to find its way to American dealerships anytime soon.
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Eicher Polaris has stated that the Multix will be built at in the city of Jaipur at a new factory that can produce between 60,000 and 120,000 pickup trucks annually. Customer deliveries will officially begin later this summer in August.
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