Mahindra and Mahindra is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the country. We’re pretty sure that most of you would have grown up watching Mahindra cars plying on our city streets. Mahindra has launched plenty of models in the last few decades of their existence. However, there are at least a handful of Mahindra vehicles that no one remembers. Today, we take a look at 11 such models.
The Mahindra Legend is basically the spiritual predecessor of the Mahindra Thar. The Legend was based on the Mahindra MM 540/550 and was a two-door lifestyle offering. The Legend used the chassis of the Willys Jeep, which made it really capable off the road. Powering the Legend was a 2.5-litre diesel engine that produced a maximum power of 58 bhp.
Mahindra Armada Grand
The Mahindra Armada Grand was a slightly more premium edition of the Armada. The Armada Grand had a classier grille and round headlamps to differentiate it from the regular version. The Armada Grand offered a 4×4 option. It had a sufficiently comfortable cabin and offered a pretty good ride quality. The Armada series was basically the predecessor of the Bolero.
We bet you don’t remember this one! The Voyager was an MUV that Mahindra launched in the late 90s. It was basically a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi LS300. Unfortunately, the market wasn’t ready for an expensive van and the Voyager turned out to be a dud seller. Powering the Voyager was a 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that was sourced from Peugeot.
The Mahindra Commander was launched in 1991 and was available in many variants. The SUV had a soft top and offered multiple seating layouts. There was also a long-wheelbase variant. The Commander was quite popular in the rural and semi-urban markets due to its high seating capacity, low maintenance and high ruggedness. The Commander was available in two engine variants – 650 DI and 750 DP. The DI variant was powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that offered 50 bhp and 147 Nm. It was available in both 2WD and 4WD formats. The DP variant was powered by a 2.1-litre engine that offered 62 bhp of maximum power.
The Mahindra Bolero Invader was a short wheelbase, 3-door version of the Bolero MUV we all know of. The Bolero Invader had a partial soft roof and side-facing rear seats. The Bolero Invader was targeted at the lifestyle SUV buyers who were looking for a sufficiently capable diesel-powered vehicle. Powering the Invader was a 2.5-litre diesel engine that offered 63 bhp and 117 Nm. While the Bolero MUV soldiers on with a gazillion updates, the Invader was discontinued owing to low demand.
The Mahindra aXE was a vehicle that was developed for the armed forces. The aXE was basically a derivative of an Israeli vehicle. It was dubbed as the Indian Hummer due to its bold and intimidating looks. Powering the aXE was a 2.7-litre diesel engine that produced a maximum power of 173 bhp along with a peak torque of 346 Nm. There was also a 4.0-litre petrol engine on offer.
Believe it or not, Mahindra and Mahindra has even produced many boats! The company has also sold yachts to the rich clientele. The boats that Mahindra makes are mostly supplied to the Indian defence forces.
Mahindra and Mahindra also makes many all-terrain vehicles that are sold through a sub-brand called mPACT. These ATVs are only sold in the US market right now. mPACT has a wide range of ATVs that cater to different segments of customers. Mahindra is known to sell almost a dozen ATVs through mPACT every month.
Mahindra is quite active in the world of motorsports. The Indian auto major has a Moto3 motorcycle that it supplies to various racing teams. The Mahindra Moto3 motorcycle made its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. It’s powered by a near-250cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that outputs a maximum power of roughly 50 bhp. This motorcycle was developed at the company’s racing headquarters in Italy.
Formula E race car
Mahindra also participates in the Formula E (Electric) championship and they have developed their own powertrain for the race car. The complete car has been built with the help of other Mahindra entities. Mahindra became the first Indian team to complete the FIM championship and is quite well known in the world of Formula E.
The GenZe is a US-based subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra that produces and sells electric two-wheelers. The flagship product in their range is an electric scooter that has a top speed of 50 kmph and has a range of 50 kms. It takes the battery 2.5 hours to charge completely. The GenZe 2.0 can exchange data with AT&T products like Global SIM and Control Centre to build what Mahindra calls “the GenZe Mobile Rider Solution”. The Genze 2.0 has been spotted testing in India. Rumours abound that its India launch is likely to take place very soon.