Currently, Ashok Leyland is one of the most trusted truck brands for all segments: tractors, multi axles, tippers, and intermediate commercial vehicles as well. It has significantly grown over the last 70 years. It has come a long way from being a company assembling 350 comet trucks in 1951, to a company registering sales of more than a lakh medium as well as heavy domestic trucks in the market last year.
Ashok Leyland has successfully established itself among the key players in the mini-truck market with the innovative range of small commercial vehicle ‘Ashok Leyland Dost’ offered by them. It was the first light commercial vehicle which had been launched under the joint venture of the Hinduja group’s flagship company Ashok Leyland trucks together with the Japanese automaker Nissan Motors.
‘Dost’ had been introduced as a solution to the rapidly growing demand in the segment. The company won several awards since the rapidly increasing sale of its mini truck range early in this decade. To continue with the ‘Dost’ philosophy, the company also introduced another mini truck Ashok Leyland Dost +. This model offers more of everything in the same framework.
The Ashok Leyland Dost offers many attractive features such as its best-in-class mileage, excellent pickup, extra space, higher payload capacity, bigger tires and higher warranty over others. This mini truck proves to offer high value from each trip. A 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine empowers the truck. With 42 HP of power and a rather commendable 105 NM of torque at 3300 rpm, there are only a few vehicles for the price that can go head to head with this little beast. Equipped with mobile charging ports, rear, dual-tone interiors as well as inspired looks, the DOST is full of impressive and persuasive features.
Dost was initially introduced with a unique transverse leaf spring. Later, it was replaced by a rigid axle with parabolic leaf springs. These trucks are retailed through an entirely different set of LCV dealerships.
Users appreciate the stylish looks of Dost and find it beautiful. The main features include black front bumper, single tone as well as dual-tone instrument panel dashboard and dual-tone PVC fabric seat cover material. It is available in diesel as well as CNG variants. The CNG version produces a power of 42 HP while the diesel version produces 58 HP of power. The beautiful mini truck comes with a single wheelbase of 2.35 meters.
It is highly suitable for the transportation of food items, crates, FMCG, sacks, and construction material as well. This is because it has a GVW of 2460 kg and a payload capacity of 1250 kg. The comfort of its customers has been the key focus of the company. Therefore, they designed the Dost mini truck in a way that it provides maximum comfort to all its users. Features like hydraulic brakes, windshield washer, valve with boost brake, load sensing proportioning, manual and power steering, front impact absorption bar, and tubeless tire ensure the safety of the driver and co-driver during every ride.
Dost has a superb on-road performance record and has the ability to steer in and out of the city as well as hilly terrain too. The best part about this truck is that you get all these amazing features in a very economic i.e. affordable rate.