Spied – Are you the Ashok Leyland Dost Express?

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013 - 12:23pm IST

Top Ashok Leyland executive Dr. V Sumantran had told the media that the passenger version of the Dost, tentatively named Ashok Leyland Dost Express, would be available on the market by October.

Ashok Leyland Dost Express front
Mr. Dhandapani who snapped these pictures, says the registration plates are from the Hosur RTO and the vehicle is not the work of a private body builder.

The Dost’s intentions are to compete with players like the Mahindra Maxximo Minivan and the Tata Ace Magic and Venture, last mile carriers that share the load of transporting people between stops with public transport buses.

Today we can share what are regarded to be the first spyshots of the vehicle. If this vehicle isn’t the work of a private body builder, then you are looking at the Dost Express, that would be Leyland’s second passenger van in the sub-10 lakh rupee price category, following the Stile. The images come from a Team-BHP.com forum member Mr. Dhandpani. K.

Ashok Leyland Dost Express rear
The passenger compartment is designed to seat 13 adults.

While Mahindra and Tata Motors seamlessly integrated the cabin and passenger compartment, Ashok Leyland have designed a wider and taller passenger compartment. Sources have told Indian Autos Blog that the passenger van could have seats for 13 people. We had also learned that mechanically, the vehicle would not have any changes, with power derived from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine that puts out 58bhp and 157.5Nm of torque. A CNG version of the light truck is also under development and the same could be used on other applications of the platform.

Ashok Leyland Dost passenger seating layout
Artist render of the seating layout of the Ashok Leyland Dost Express.

The Dost Express would offer more seating capacity at a nominal premium over the Ace Magic. If an October launch is on, then more details would emerge in the weeks ahead.

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7 thoughts on “Spied – Are you the Ashok Leyland Dost Express?

  1. sriram reddy says:

    If we go for Luggage carrier we can expect better sales then Passenger Carrier as its out look suits better for Goods Carrier

  2. ninja jock says:

    All of the street dogs went disperesed seeing this

  3. Anand says:

    In my childhood days, I have seen some of the tyre bullock-kart with some customized shades, to protect the rider from sun. It looks similar to that. Either way you see this product looks so ugly … Dost is a pretty good product, good looking too. What makes ALL to make it this ugly..!! why can’t they make a better looking people carrier to increase the sales volume.. There are so many good body builders in TN and they can do the prototype for ALL…

  4. Dhananjayan says:

    Yuck!! A horse shed on wheels!!

  5. Dr. Nayak says:

    What is wrong with these people? Where are they hiring their R&D and design guys? I hope not from the elderly day care facility of bankrupt Detroit.

  6. Chip Planter says:

    Hey that a hearse on wheels.

    1. Duston says:

      Even I was about to comment the same


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