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Old 31st December 2008, 12:09   #151
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You know the real funny part? Tata Motors already has a product that exactly matches all our needs in the name Tata TL Single Cab 4x4.

Tata Motors 4x4 - TL - Technical Specifications

http://gotruck.tatamotors.com/images/brochure.pdf

The AC/PS, powerful engine, rear LSD, disk brakes, 5-speed, auto hub locks and IFS. This can do offroad and provide protection from elements in long travels. That means family transport + offroading. Only gotcha is the wheelbase, it is almost couple of feet longer than I like. Now, what price does that retail at? That should give Mahindra a hint about how to price their product.
Xenon is even better...!

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We are not going off-track, we are only considering possibilities. If protection from elements, cruisability and offroad prowess can be achieved in modded 650 and stock Tata TL in decent price, then it shouldn't be a stretch to provide them in MM540.
Actually M&M does not think a 4x4 vehicle should be comfortable. No mHawk 4x4 in the market. And the jeeps are .. well .. agricultural.
Currently a M&M jeep is more of a short hawl cruiser. You cannot expect to ride on a long trip in the mountains. Your body will give up due to the elements
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Old 31st December 2008, 14:53   #152
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You know the real funny part? Tata Motors already has a product that exactly matches all our needs in the name Tata TL Single Cab 4x4.

Tata Motors 4x4 - TL - Technical Specifications

http://gotruck.tatamotors.com/images/brochure.pdf

The AC/PS, powerful engine, rear LSD, disk brakes, 5-speed, auto hub locks and IFS. This can do offroad and provide protection from elements in long travels. That means family transport + offroading. Only gotcha is the wheelbase, it is almost couple of feet longer than I like.
Spot on! This was the 1st 4x4 vehicle I came across even before getting hold of the jeep domain of TBHP. I guess I read somewhere about the test drive someone had in Mumbai. Yeah, its way too long and may not be that easy to manage in congested city conditions. Also the pricing is a big big letdown, I guess in the range of 8.5L+. Offcourse Xenon is even better, but I think its only for export.

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Old 1st January 2009, 12:13   #153
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Just get us the Mahindra Thar. We will be a happy.

Its gets launched all around the world and we have to twiddle our thumbs.

With a FRP canopy and AC we are good.
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More so, if you intend this vehicle to compete against TATA offerings, it has to be insulated against the elements. My personal experience is that even villagers do not like to sit in Mahindra soft top vehicles, if confronted with a choice to travel in a Sumo/Spacio.

The reason is simple, During the winters, in the north of the country try and travel in a soft top equipped vehicle, the wind chill makes it a pain to travel.
Mahindra does have fully enclosed vehicles to save villagers from the elements. Bolero DI for the wealthy villager and Marshall *Royale* for the not so wealthy villager. BTW the name Marshal *Royale* was made with french collaboration.

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Is Mr. B.Dhabar working with M&M for Jeep projects!
Anyways I don't see much hope with M&M, they seem to be content with their projected upmarket image now!
Manufacturers will focus on were the money is. The market for soft top 4x4 vehicles are extremely limited and hence they don't spend much effort on developing them.
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Manufacturers will focus on were the money is. The market for soft top 4x4 vehicles are extremely limited and hence they don't spend much effort on developing them.
Mahindra need not to put any extra effort, they just have to add MM550XD in the list their dealer offer/price list. If any crazy customer comes to a dealer, they can offer this vehicle to the customer if booked in advance. Mahindra is anyhow producing these vehicles for Army which do not abide Mahindra to sell in the civil market. My perception here is that Mahindra can sell the same Army MM550XD in the market with perhaps different colour. I do not see any extra cost involvement or any additional commercial thing. It is just a marketing idea in my mind and if Mahindra opt it they owe me some percentage of their profit from the civil MM550XD (hope anybody from Mahindra will read this).

Happy new year to all off you anyways....
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My perception here is that Mahindra can sell the same Army MM550XD in the market with perhaps different colour. .... It is just a marketing idea in my mind and if Mahindra opt it they owe me some percentage of their profit from the civil MM550XD...
Yup! My thoughts, too. I have wondered about why M&M does not do this. Do you suppose the bureaucratic "red tape" that the Indian and state governments throw at an auto manufacturer for release of a new model is just too daunting?

When Mahindra starts paying royalties on this idea then you will have to share them with a few others who have expressed the same thing you have. Including me! I expect my first check from M&M right about the same time they discover pink pigs on Pluto.

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my wish list for a jeep is:

1. MM540/550 body and chassis
2. bolero/scorpio engine
3. bolero/scorpio axels
4. 15" rims
5. decently done roll bar, seats and tyres.

OR

MM Thar! ( i have sent equiry to portugal mm dealer to see if i can import a MM made in india LHD)

and you have a hardcore 4x4 swb vehicle, which wont be your everyday vehicle, but only for OTRs!

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Manufacturers will focus on were the money is. The market for soft top 4x4 vehicles are extremely limited and hence they don't spend much effort on developing them.
"Extremely limited", well I would disagree here, its a completely unexplored market, lacuna is huge. India never got a worthy jeep, give one & takers would be aplenty!
Manufactures have to think out of the box & not just keep glutting those small hatches, Indians are increasingly becoming adventurous, feed their enthusiasm!

Btw, I talked to an executive at local Mahindra dealership, he said that company might launch a jeep around Feb.
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my wish list for a jeep is:

1. MM540/550 body and chassis
2. bolero/scorpio engine
3. bolero/scorpio axels
4. 15" rims
5. decently done roll bar, seats and tyres.
That's all fine, the latest question is how much would you pay for it?
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That's all fine, the latest question is how much would you pay for it?
when you cant buy it....build it!

i think it can be built under 3 lakh rupees after buying an ex army jeep and sourcing rest of the parts from bolero and scorpio!

what say?
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when you cant buy it....build it!........
what say?
Maybe you ought to look up Harjeev's cousin. He has a shop not far from you. See his thread on his mm550.

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hi
here is my wish list

97bhp crde (new) (as water proof as possible)
NGT 530 & t.case (new)
NGCS (from army scrap)
dana 60 front/rear Axles with LSD & disc brakes (for 35+ inch tyres) (imported)
Wider/longer more arched Leaf Springs with long shackle & GAS shocks (urethane (not rubber) bushings)
stamped steel wheels 17x8

Winch/compressor - 12,500-Pound Capacity
Hella Rally 4000 Xenon HID (pencil beam)(4)
led tail lights
tow hook
skid plates
roll cage
seat belts for all seats
Power Steering
soft top

price 4 to 7 lack (depending on imported goods or if i use them at all)


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& all mm540/50/xdb fans

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about 5/6 months back i came across an article o web about mahindra future plans , which if i remember correctly was interview of mahindra executive telling that mahindra has started to swap jeep platform (or front end of vehicle) with home designed bolero & scorpio platform.

mahindra is keen to discard jeep look by 2010. the main reason is to stop paying royalty to jeep usa & to prove mahindra as an individual Independent brand with vehicles designed & manufactured by their own.

so if it is true which (unfortunately) i think it is , then new 550 not happening.
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@Jeepster: I dont care about the looks or the name.

Just give us a factory backed product which we can drive offroad and not worry about service and other stuff.

Change the Jeep grill to whatever they want, if it can match what a Jeep can do. I am not complaining.

Mahindra still pays royalty? I wasnt aware of that. I thought all that ended in 1997 or earlier i am not sure of the dates.

PS: Dont make it butt ugly though, my wife has a say in the money being spend.
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hi

if you dont mind changed grill then invader or striker is good option for all of us.
because the difference between 550 & invader is mostly its front end design.

the bolero or invader platform will be the basic model in mahindra line up in near future.

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jeepster,
the information you have provided is bound to dishearten many people who has a liking for the classic CJ front design. And I also thought that Mahindra doesn't pay the royalties any more as it has already stopped putting the 'JEEP' plate as seen in some of the 540's/550's.
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