Mahindra is known for their rugged fleet of SUVs in India. The Indian brand has come a long way to entered many international markets and acquired an international brand. What are the almost-forgotten cars that Mahindra launched in its journey till date? Here are ten such cars.
The open top two-door SUV featured a soft-roof and looked very stylish. It was powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that produced a maximum of 63 Bhp – 177 Nm. Mahindra launched a lot of custom versions of the Invader and it was quite popular among the celebrities.
Mahindra Legend was another open top two-door SUV from Mahindra. However, it did not gain as much popularity as other Mahindra vehicles. The Legend was built on the MM-540/550 platform, which was based on the Willys Jeep chassis. The Legend can be termed as the spiritual predecessor of the Thar. The power came from a 2.5-litre diesel engine that produced 58 Bhp.
The Voyager was based on the Mitsubishi LS300 van which is quite famous in the international markets. The car was created in collaboration with Mitsubishi and was launched in 1997. It lived a short life of two years and was positioned as a luxury multi-purpose family van. The Voyager was launched targeting the Maruti Omni. It was priced at Rs. 5 lakh and was powered by 2.1-litre Peugeot engine.
The Mahindra Armada was quite a success in its time. Mahindra launched the SUV in two versions – regular and Grand. The rugged no-nonsense Armada became quite popular among the enthusiasts. The SUV came also with 4WD drive option.
Mahindra Classic was launched in the early 1990s and became an icon among the Jeep lovers. The rugged vehicle was powered by a 2.1-litre Peugeot diesel engine that generates 62 Bhp – 120 Nm. The car also featured a 4X4 transfer case as standard.
The Commander came as a soft top Jeep and was offered in multiple layouts, depending upon the number of seats opted for. The vehicle didn’t have any doors either. It was offered in multiple engine forms, from the 650 Di to the 750 Di. It was mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox and came with both 2wd and 4wd versions.
The Verito Vibe is the hatchback version of the Verito sedan. The Verio Vibe did not look very proportionate because of the missing boot. The car was powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produced a maximum of 65 Bhp – 160 Nm.
The little less known Savari was once a backbone of many rural areas of India. it was a double-cab pick-up version of the Armada and was very rugged. Many utilised the empty space of the flatbed to put an extra row of seats. It was powered by the same 2.5-litre DI engine that powered the Armada.
The Axe is based on an existing Mahindra vehicle platform but the automaker won’t reveal more about this. Under the hood, a 2.7 litre, 5 cylinder turbo diesel engine from Mercedes Benz puts out 172 Bhp and 340 Nm. A 5-speed manual gearbox and 4 wheel drive transfer case is offered. A 1.8-meter height, sub-2 ton weight and a 350 mm ground clearance mean that the Axe can go where even SUVs fear to tread.
Mahindra Forward Control was a rebadged version of the Jeep FC. Mahindra started assembling the CKD units of the Jeep FC in Mumbai in 1947 and later started the production in 1965. The Mahindra FC was available in various body styles like bus and pick-up trucks.