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Old 11-30-2009, 07:18 PM
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Maybe some of you have seen a Mahindra up close or know something to help me out.
I was trying to size up what the TR40 would look like next to a truck I knew. So I got the specs and compared it to a Nissan Frontier, a Toyota tacoma, and a Chevy Colorado. Basicly it is about the same size as the other trucks but three things stood out.

It is 3 1/2 inches taller. Is that just the cab roof or would the hood and cargo bed be taller as well?

The curb weights are about the same but the gross weight is 935 LBS. more than the other trucks. Whats the difference between curb weight and gross weight?

And this I found very peculliar. The wheel base is 6 inches shorter than any of the other trucks, while the over all lengths are all about the same. Whats that all about?
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Curb weight is actual vehicle weight, unloaded (i.e. on a truck scale)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum total weight capacity the vehicle can handle (i.e. curb weight plus, passengers, plus load). Beyond this weight you are overloading the axles, tires, etc.
The Mahindra wheelbase is short because they are using a common chassis for the 2-door, 4-door, and the SUV. It's cheaper to make one common frame than multiple chassis for wheelbase variations. I suspect the short design was intended for tight Indian streets.
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I'm picturing that it is nearly the same as a first generation Isuzu Trooper (4dr) with the back cut off SUT style and a little more overhang
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So, the shorter wheel base is a good thing than, right? It seems that would make the truck more agile and manuverable! So, what is the down side of it??
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As a passenger I get more carsick in a really short wheelbase vehicle like those old Sportages. You can bounce around more.
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I would believe it would changed the center of gravity of a vehicle...
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I had an old dodge with a short wheelbase. A slight bump with a load of wet manure would get the front wheels off the road. The front end would hang there for a couple of seconds before gravity brought it down. It made for some interesting driving.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:20 PM
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Is the overall size going to be comparable to the last generation Tacoma?
Do you guys remember the crew cab 4 door version of that truck?
If this TR40 is smaller than that, it ain't gonna work for me.
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So, the shorter wheel base is a good thing than, right? It seems that would make the truck more agile and manuverable! So, what is the down side of it??
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Short wheelbase shortens the turn radius (Mahindra Planet's point) but makes the ride more jittery (g and TX's points), and could make the front-end weight too little (not good for steering) if you were delivering manure for OldJack...

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As for seeing one up close.. we get to enjoy the Aussie version of the truck vicariously through You Tube...

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