Truck Yeah The trucks are good! So much of truck-bragging is done backwards, I think. Most truck owners, if inclined to brag, like to talk about how big their engines are, how many cylinders, and so on, as though the sheer size of the numbers they’re spewing makes them tough. I maintain the opposite is true; doing a job with as little as possible is what makes one really tough. That’s why I’m so taken with this one-cylinder Mahindra pickup truck that, in at least one very, very specific comparison, beats a Ford F-150 in terms of payload capacity. I’ve been a fan of tough little Indian cars for a long time, little Mahindra work vehicles especially. I love how they manage to get the job done with, to American eyes at least, what seems like woefully inadequate capabilities. But they do it. Every single day. In conditions far more demanding than most American trucks will ever see. This new-ish little Mahindra pickup, the Jeeto, hits all my work-vehicle fetishes: small, friendly-looking, rear-engined, plucky, and far more capable than its stats would suggest. The Jeeto comes with either an 11 horsepower or a truly bonkers 16 HP one-cylinder 625cc diesel engine. That may seem laughably small, but in configurations with the ravenous 16 HP engine, the payload capacity of the Jeeto is 1543 lbs. Now, if we really comb through all the F-150 configurations, we can actually find more than one setup where the tiny Jeeto actually can carry more… [Read full story]
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