Mahindra USA announced Monday it is teaming up with Intimidator Inc. to manufacturer an all-new line of utility vehicles, the Mahindra mPACT XTV. The mPACT XTV rollout will begin with six models available through Mahindra’s dealer network beginning in early 2015. Mahindra dealers were given a sneak preview of the new utility vehicles at Mahindra’s regional dealer meetings in October.
Pictured above (l-r): Matt Foster, Intimidator product development manager; Russell Branscum, Intimidator CFO; Becky Foster, Intimidator owner; Robert Foster, Intimidator owner; Chris Epperson, Intimidator plant manager; Mani Iyer, president, Mahindra North America; Cleo Franklin, vice president of marketing and strategic planning, Mahindra North America; Chris Karibo, Sr. business manager utility vehicles, Mahindra North America.
“Our partnership with Intimidator brings together two companies with shared vision, an innovative approach to product design and a passionate commitment to quality. Mahindra is dedicated to investing in the future through new product development to provide our dealers and customers with products that continue our tradition of delivering the unmatched value they have come to expect from Mahindra,” said Mani Iyer, president, Mahindra USA.
The Mahindra mPACT XTV are all designed to provide superior performance and deliver impressive work and transport capabilities. This XTV lineup offers category-leading cargo box and towing capacity. Each model offers spacious, comfortable seating for driver and passengers and is loaded with standard features such as true 4WD, 12-inch ground clearance, power cargo box lift, front and rear receiver hitches - all backed by an industry-leading three-year powertrain and one- year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The gas and diesel versions will be available in three styles in early 2015:
- Standard: three-passenger with cargo
- Crew: six-passenger with cargo
- Longbed: three-passenger with extra cargo that folds to a flatbed
“We are looking forward to a long-term and productive relationship with Mahindra to bring the mPACT XTV’s, that are built with pride from the ground up in Batesville, AR, to its strong and growing North American dealer distribution network. We will boost UTV production significantly in the coming years as we expand the rollout to all markets to meet demand,” said Robert Foster, Owner, Intimidator, Inc.
Intimidator has immediate plans to add 7,600 sq. ft. to its 122,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Batesville, Ark., and is working closely with the Independence County Economic Development Board on plans for a major facility expansion in the area’s new industrial park within three years. In addition, the expected demand for the Mahindra mPACT XTV’s will add 150 new jobs at the Intimidator manufacturing facility, which currently employs more than 50 people, as production is ramped up to meet this demand.
“The Mahindra mPACT XTV stole the show at our North American regional dealer meetings in October as our dealers responded with overwhelming support for this new product line. Pre-orders at the regional dealer meetings exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to getting these top-of-the-line utility vehicles in the hands of our customers in 2015,” said Cleo Franklin, Mahindra USA’s vice president of marketing and strategic Ppanning. “The utility vehicle segment is a natural extension to our growing line of tractors and will add fuel to Mahindra’s rapid growth in North America.”
The new Mahindra XTV’s will begin to roll out in early 2015 to select markets and expand through the United States and Canada through the remainder of the year. For more details and weekly updates on the Mahindra mPACT XTV series, visit mahindraxtv.com.