When we hear the name Hindustan Motors, cars such as the Ambassador and Contessa are the ones that come to our mind. However, Hindustan Motors also used to manufacture a SUV/MUV (depending on the way you see it that used spare parts from Ambassador sedan. The creation was called Trekker and is an example of a vehicle that is totally utilitarian. It was one of the ugliest looking models manufactured by Hindustan Motors and that reflected in the sales as well. This vehicle is now a very rare sight on our roads and here we have a video that shows one such well maintained Hindustan Trekker.
The video has been uploaded by Dajish P on his youtube channel. The vlogger simply shows us this well maintained example of Hindustan Trekker in the video. He starts by showing the exterior and as mentioned above, it share lot of parts with Hindustan Motors’ iconic Ambassador sedan. The headlights, pilot lamps lamps and turn indicators are all borrowed from an Ambassador. In order give it a Jeep type look, HM had given Trekker boxy design.
This is a 2000 model HM Trekker and the owner has made minor changes to the car like reinforced the roof, new front bumper, a new tail light and so on. One of the thing about HM Trekker was that it did not had any door at all and was available in soft top versions only. It got 15 inch wheels with Ambassador like wheel caps on it. The suspension was also borrowed from Ambassador.
The Vlogger also speaks to the owner of the vehicle and he says that he has not faced any major problems with the vehicle so far and he relies on second hand spare market in case he needs any parts. Owner has not done anything major about the interior of the car as well. He has re-positioned the ignition lock as the older one under the steering was not working anymore. It gets bench seats both at the first and second row and side facing seats for the third row passenger.
Just like many other parts, the engine of the HM Trekker is also borrowed from Ambassador. It is powered by a 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that generates 34 Bhp of peak power and 80 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed Isuzu gearbox driving the rear wheels. The owner has beautifully maintained the vehicle, making it one of the rarest Trekkers in India.