Going from a company assembling 350 Comet trucks in the year 1951, to a company that has registered sales of more than 1,00,000 medium and heavy domestic trucks in the domestic market during last year, Ashok Leyland has grown significantly over the last 70 years. Today, they are one of the preferred truck brands for all segments, be it tractors, tippers, multi axles, or intermediate commercial vehicles.
Ashok Leyland has established itself among the key players in the mini-truck market with its innovating range of small commercial vehicle ‘Ashok Leyland Dost’. This was the first light commercial vehicle which was launched under the joint venture of Hinduja group’s flagship company Ashok Leyland along with the Japanese automaker Nissan Motors.
‘Dost’ was introduced as an answer to the rapidly growing demand in the segment. The company has won several awards since their mini truck range went on sale early in this decade. Continuing with the ‘Dost’ philosophy, the company has introduced another mini truck Ashok Leyland Dost+ which offers more of everything in the same framework.
The Ashok Leyland Dost offers best-in-class mileage, extra space, excellent pickup, higher capacity of payload, bigger tires and way more warranty over others. It translates into a mini truck that offers high value from each trip.
This mini truck is powered by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. It packs a really impressive punch. Turning out 42 HP of power and a rather commendable 105 NM of torque at 3300 rpm, there is only a limited range of vehicles for the price that can go head to head with the little beast. Well equipped with mobile charging ports, rear fender, dual-tone interiors, and inspired looks, DOST is full of impressive and attractive features.
Initially, Dost Ashok Leyland mini truck was introduced with a unique, one of its kind transverse leaf spring. However, this was later replaced by a rigid axle with parabolic leaf springs. These mini trucks are retailed through a completely different set of LCV dealerships.
Ashok Leyland Dost users appreciate its stylish look and find it really beautiful. Its main features include black front bumper, single tone, and dual-tone instrument panel dashboard and PVC fabric seat cover material dual-tone. It comes in both diesel and CNG variants. The diesel version produces a power of 58 HP as compared to the 42 HP given by the CNG version.
The beautiful beast comes in a single wheelbase of 2.35 meters.
It covers five different variants:-
- ASHOK LEYLAND LS/CNG,
- ASHOK LEYLAND LE/CNG,
- ASHOK LEYLAND LX,
- ASHOK LEYLAND LS
- ASHOK LEYLAND LE.
This mini truck has a GVW of 2460 kg and a payload capacity of 1250 kg. It is highly suitable/idle for the transportation of crates, food items, FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), sacks, and construction material. In addition, the average mileage of 17.6 liters is like a cherry on the cake for the consumers.
The company’s main focus has been the comfort of its customers. So they have designed the Dost mini truck in such a way that it provides maximum comfort to all users. Special features such as hydraulic brakes, valve with boost brake, windshield washer, manual and power steering, load sensing proportioning, front impact absorption bar, ELR seat belts for driver, and tubeless tire provide safety to the driver as well as the co-driver during every ride.
This mini truck has a superb on-road performance track. It has the ability to steer in and out of city and hilly terrain too. The best part about the Ashok Leyland Dost is that you get all these features in a very economic/ affordable rate starting from ₹ 5.68 lakhs.
Ashok Leyland tops the commercial vehicles category at the dealer points and has moved on from being a single model manufacturing company to an organization which offers more than 500 truck variants, catering to almost every segment/application. Ashok Leyland truck saw continuous growth in their market share over the last few years. This is a testimony of their products’ reliability, performance and customer preference.