The Mahindra Jeeto mini pick-up truck has a payload of 700 Kgs while the Ford 150 SuperDuty pick-up truck is rated to carry about 650 kilograms. And the Americans are stunned that such a small pick-up truck, with just a single cylinder engine can haul so much. No big deal we say, for there are many more such mini pick-up trucks in India that can shame the Ford F-150 when it comes to hauling heavy loads. There’s the Tata Ace, the Piaggio Porter, and many other such mini-pick up trucks in India that have even more load lugging capability. How does 750 kilos sound?
For the record, the Jeeto uses a 625 cc, single cylinder diesel engine with 11 Bhp of peak power generated at 3,000 rpm and 38 Nm of peak torque at 1,100 rpm. A 4 speed manual gearbox drives the rear wheels of this mini pick-up truck.
There’s a more powerful version of this engine that makes 16 Bhp at 3,600 rpm while the peak torque remains unchanged. Top speed? 70 Kph. Acceleration? Don’t ask. But the Jeeto is exactly what India needs, to transport goods in places where bigger trucks can’t go. And there are a lot of such places in India.
In contrast, the F-150 SuperDuty that can carry 650 kilos of load uses a 3.5 liter, twin turbo V6 petrol engine with 375 Bhp of peak power and 640 Nm of peak torque. A 10 speed automatic gearbox is standard on this big Ford. This is perhaps why the Americans feel that the Jeeto carrying more load than the Ford F150 SuperDuty is such a massive thing. Maybe they should just visit us here in India, and see how mini-pick trucks carry a lot more load than what’s in the spec-sheet.
A fair comparison? Well, it’s funny as hell but that’s about it. Apart from hauling 650 kilograms of luggage, the F-150 pick up truck can also be used as a family vehicle to seat 5 adults in comfort, across long distances. The pick up truck is large, airy and comfortable, and even has an advanced infotainment system, all stuff that you’ll want on a regular car or SUV. It can hit speeds in excess of 160 Kph, and get to 100 Kph in less than 6 seconds. It’s basically ‘the pick-up truck’ both farmers and city dudes want to be seen in. Any questions?