Ambassador of Good Wheel
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- â€œ22 km/literâ€ he said. About 49 mpg, a very impressive performance feature for any 4 wheeler, much more for a piece of machine skipped by evolution. Wait ! The gas tank proudly features â€œdieselâ€ in curly red English script. â€œHow much is 1 liter of diesel fuel?â€ I asked. Rs. 40+, which means, compared with Rs. 76 gasoline rate this mobile fossil is yet an extra 40% in efficiency. Around 70 mpg !! on a cost based scale. It does drop, but only by 5mpg, once you enjoy the comfort of the OEM A/C.
So where's the catch, you ask. It's the beauty sleeping under he hood, a 'made in Japan' Isuzu engine. The factory engine was made by an Indian licensee of Isuzu but in 1996, for an extra Rs. 40,000 it was replaced with an imported reconditioned Isuzu power unit manufactured in Japan.
Speaking about cost, Rs.3.7 lakh (370,000 or $8200 if you exchange these Rupees for dollars today) was the price tag on the HM as it dropped off the production line. 7 years later it changed hands for Rs. 70,000.
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