Team ICB’s roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, has spotted the Ashok Leyland Dost CNG mini pick up truck testing on the outskirts of Pune. The Dost CNG is slated for a launch in the coming months and is in the final stages of testing. The CNG powered Dost is aimed at the bigger cities of India, where CNG dispensing stations are dime a dozen. Mainly positioned as a mini pick up truck aimed at urban markets, the Dost CNG comes with twin CNG fuel tanks, each with a holding capacity of 60 liters each. This translated to a CNG storage capacity of 24 kilograms. On the whole, the Dost CNG should be capable of delivering about 300 kilometers of range per tank of CNG.
The CNG powered engine of the Dost will be BS-4 compliant as the mini pick up truck is aimed mainly at the bigger cities of the country. A key difference in the Dost CNG is that the payload of the mini pick up truck is diminished by 100 kilograms when compared to that of the diesel powered variant of the Dost. Apart from this crucial change, the Dost CNG is expected to retain all the features that the diesel powered model offers and this includes the power steering, adjustable seat for the driver and air conditioning on the top end variant. The Dost CNG will compete with the Tata Super Ace in the mini pick up truck market in India, a segment that is a bastion of growth in the commercial vehicle space in the country.
Visually, the main changes between the diesel powered Dost and the CNG powered model are the sticker and decals on the former, indicating the pick up truck’s capacity to run on CNG power. The CNG tanks will be situated at the flanks of the Dost, just below the loading area. While the test mule shows off the CNG tank under the loading area, the production variants of the mini pick up truck will come with a shroud that covers the CNG tank. The Dost is currently available with a 1.5 Liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel engine. This mini pick up truck has been a resounding success for the Ashok Leyland-Nissan combine, two manufacturers who have come together to launch this mini pick up truck in India.