Mahindra and Mahindra is one of the oldest car brands in India and has been operating under the same brand name since 1947. Mahindra has launched quite a few interesting models over the years and some of them became very popular in the market while the others did not gain as much recognition. Quite a lot of Mahindra vehicles have been forgotten over the years. Here are 11 such models that have been forgotten in the market over the years.
The Mahindra Legend can be termed as the spiritual predecessor of the modern-day Mahindra Thar. The Legend was a handsome-looking two-door lifestyle vehicle that was based on the chassis of the legendary Mahindra MM540/550. The MM540/550’s chassis was originally derived from Willy’s Jeep. The Mahindra Legend had immense off-road capabilities. It got powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that churned out a maximum of 58 Bhp.
Mahindra Armada Grand
Mahindra Armada was a legendary vehicle and became extremely popular in the Indian market. However, a more version based on the Mahindra Armada was launched as the Armada Grand, which is not so popular in the market. The Armada Grand has d different grille and round headlamps that made it look different from the regular version. The vehicle also offered a 4X4 drive system as an option.
The MUV segment in the 90s was still very young. Mahindra sold the Voyager in the late 90s. The MUV was a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi LS300 and carried a very expensive price in those days. However, the market was not yet ready for such a vehicle, which is why the Voyager never became very popular. It came with a Peugeot 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine.
The Mahindra Commander was first launched in 1991 and since then many different variants of the vehicle were launched in the market. It came with a soft top and with multiple seating options. Mahindra also launched an LWB variant of the Commander and it specifically became popular in the semi-urban markets for its extremely rugged body. The vehicle was available in 650 DI and 750 DP versions and both 2WD and 4WD options were available with the car.
Mahindra Bolero Invader
The Mahindra Bolero Invader was a derivative of the popular Bolero MUV. It was a 3-door version and offered a partial soft roof lining with side-facing rear seats. The Bolero Invader was aimed at young customers. It came powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 63 Bhp and peak torque of 117 Nm. However, the car was discontinued due to its low demand in the market.
Mahindra and Mahindra also supplies to the defence forces around the world. Earlier, the brand launched a brand-new vehicle called the AXE, which was dubbed as the Indian Hummer. The AXE was based on an Isreali vehicle and looks extremely intimidating. It came powered by a 2.7-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 173 Bhp and peak torque of 346 Nm. There was also a 4.-litre petrol engine on offer.
Mahindra launched a marine brand that manufactured luxury yachts. Yes, this is a very lesser known fact but Mahindra is India’s first organised boats manufacturer. It still offers quite a few numbers of boats of various sizes and functions in the Indian market. Mahindra even supplies boats to the defence forces around the world.
Mahindra operates mPACT sub-brand in the USA where it sells ATVs under the brand name. There is a wide range of ATVs under the mPACT brand available in the USA market. Interestingly, Mahindra also launched the Roxor ATV in the USA market under the Mahindra brand sometime back.
Mahindra is very active in the world of motorsports. Mahindra supplies the Motor3 segment racing bikes to various racing teams. It first made its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in India and is powered by a 250cc, single-cylinder engine. The liquid-cooled engine develops a maximum of around 50 Bhp.
Formula E 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 km/h and has a range of 50 km. 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.