The Polaris Eicher Motors Multix is Incredibly Utilitarian


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The Polaris/Eicher Motors Multix Mini Truck is purpose built for consumers in India that need utility at a remarkably low price ($3,638). People in the North American truck market tend to take small, tiny pickup trucks for granted. A majority of the world needs small trucks for their overcrowded cities.

The Multix Mini Truck has a single-cylinder, 510cc diesel engine which makes about 10 horsepower while pumpping out about 20 lbs-feet of torque. The engine is mounted underneath the bed and it powers the rear wheels. Surprisingly, this is a five-passenger vehicle with a four-wheel independent suspension; and it can haul over 1,100 lbs.

The appears to be two versions of the Multix Mini Truck. There’s a four and five-seat version with the five-seater having a small center seat that can fold and open up for storage. There is a folding rear bulkhead allowing you to fold the rear seats for extra capacity. There’s a SUV-like rear covering that encloses the cargo area.

Details are thin, but it looks like the Multix Mini Truck is pretty barren inside and, to save money, it even omits air conditioning. With its light weight and fuel-sipping diesel, it will get 28.45Km to the liter, that (roughly) comes out to over 65 mpg.

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Here’s the nifty part: the Multix Mini Truck has a power take-off function that allows the vehicle to become a generator of sorts. The “X-Port” power take-off system produces 3 kW of power and can be used to power tools, a home or a campsite with power to spare. Cool idea.

Eicher Polaris Pvt Ltd, is a joint venture between Eicher Motors and Polaris Industries. Building in Jaipur, India, they hope to sell 60,000 units annually. The new plan can handle twice that number if consumer demand makes it necessary.

Sure, there are other Mini/Kei trucks in the market, but the Multix Mini Truck is packing a remarkably small size, real utility and that power take-off system. It’s got some real potential.

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No, there is not even a remote chance that the Multix Mini Truck will come to the United States. That’s a shame. I think that, if they made an all-wheel drive/ 4X4 variant, it would make an excellent agricultural vehicle.

THE JEEP SAFARI CONCEPT Driven at the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari

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As many Jeep fans are starved for details about the upcoming Jeep (JL) Wrangler, the Jeep Safari Concept may offer a few tantalizing clues. The grill and front bumper certainly look like they belong on the next Wrangler, but there’s a lot more to the Jeep Safari Concept than hints to the JL, it is a slick and absurd idea rolled into a great looking rig.

The roof is a translucent plastic-like material and it supports a faux drone that sits over the rear on its own launch pad.

The “windoors” are clear plastic vinyl laid over custom aluminium brackets. Zippers line the window section and the rear doors are rear-hinged (suicide-door-style) and give a great opening to the rear seats. By the way, the two rear seats are similar to the front seats, but they are canted slightly outward for better safari viewing pleasure.

Here’s some of what was added to the Jeep Safari Concept:

  • 35″ BFG Mud Terrain KM2 tires
  • Spray-in bed-liner on the floor
  • Jeep Performance 2″ lift and Fox shocks
  • Underhood air compressor
  • Custom cold intake and beefed up brakes
  • Front and rear Dana 44 axles
  • Front and rear (modified) bucket seats from a Fiat 500 Abarth
  • iPad center display/infotainment system

… and, by the way; the one thing that excited many journalists was the front windshield which is raked 3-degrees. We think this is off of the Jeep Wrangler JL. Still, like the steering wheel, which was sourced from a Fiat 500X, it may be something else.

This year’s TFL coverage of the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari is brought to you by Check out their web site for unique Jeep soft tops and other fun Jeep wheeling gear.

It’s a fun vehicle to drive, even if the future clues prove false!