Our friends over at ICB have managed to get their hands on a bunch of spy shots of a CNG powered Hindustan Winner. The test mule spotted did not carry much camouflage except for the rear section of the mini-Truck, making it easy to spot the CNG branding right above the door handles.
The Hindustan Winner mini-Truck is the result of a collaboration between Chinese utility vehicle and tractor maker, Shandong Shifeng and Hindustan Motors. The Winner, though not a major sales puller, has been a turning point for Hindustan Motors in India allowing the car maker to gain a foothold in high growth areas like the commercial mini pick up truck segment.
Powering the Hindustan mini-Truck is a 1,800cc Isuzu engine that also happens to power Hindustan Motors’ bread and butter in India, the Ambassador. The 1.8 Liter CNG engine on the Winner produces 35.5 Bhp of peak power and 73 Nm of peak torque.
At the launch of the Winger way back in 2008, Hindustan Motors had announced that they would be introducing the CNG powered version of the Winner by March, 2009 and the long period of inactivity of more than 2 years by Hindustan Motors had forced many a people to the conclusion that the plans for the CNG variant had been dropped.
The company sources the knocked-down version of the Winner from Shandong Shifeng of China and assembles it at its plant in Uttarpara. Stay tuned for more updates.
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