Mahindra has unveiled Jeeto Minivan to compete in the sub-one tonne people mover segment.
Story by: Ashish Bhatia
Two years after the Jeeto mini-truck was launched with an ability to spring eight variants and two power stages, Mahindra has unveiled the people mover version of the mini-truck. Aimed at the sub-one tonne small commercial vehicle segment that has the Tata Ace Magic Iris and a host of three wheelers, the Jeeto minivan measures 3341 mm in length, and 1485 mm in width. It can seat up to four people and is available in five trim levels. Identical in appearance to the mini-truck when viewed from the front, the minivan, available as a semi-hard top and a hard-top model, is powered by a 16 hp, 625 cc single-cylinder diesel engine. A CNG version is also offered. It is powered by a 20 hp, 625 cc single-cylinder engine. Expected to profit from the success of the mini-truck, which gained a market share of 22.1 per cent in two years, selling 50,000 units, the minivan is priced at Rs.3.45 ex-showroom, Mumbai.
Offered with a two-year 40,000 kms warranty, the minivan flaunts a 2250 mm wheelbase. Extending the platform’s ability to offer last mile transportation solutions according to Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra, the minivan has its engine located at the rear, and with the drive routed to the rear wheels through a four-speed transmission. Set to provide an efficient, safe and comfortable mode of travel to commuters in the rural and semi-rural areas, the minivan is claimed to offer a mileage of 26 kmpl. With emphasis on low total cost of ownership, the Jeeto minivan, according to Vijay Nakra, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Automotive Division, is engineered to provide a fatigue-free drive. Designed to be the most spacious in its segment, the vehicle is equipped with (ELR) seat belt systems, head restraints and bucket seats. The semi-forward cab design of the van has been suitably reinforced to protect the occupant in an unfortunate event of collision. Attaining a top speed of 60 kmph, the Jeeto minivan is the third people mover the company has introduced after
the Maxximo and the Supro vans.