Mahindra launched the Roxor ATV exclusively in the USA market. The small ATV, which is not even road legal in many states in the USA has become quite a hit among the enthusiasts. There are quite a few videos of the Mahindra Roxor from various terrains. Here is a new video of the capable ATV in fresh snow.
The Mahindra Roxor can be seen drifting and driving at high speeds on the snow. There are no signs of struggles and it never fails to find grip in the deep snow. The Roxor also climbs the steep road banking, which is also covered in snow without any problem. The Mahindra Roxor is based on the Mahindra Thar but has been modified to make it even more off-road friendly. The All Terrain Vehicle takes on the likes of Polaris RZR and cannot be driven legally on the roads.
The Roxor is assembled in Michigan and costs around $ 15,000, which is around Rs. 9 lakhs in India. The Roxor is powered by the 2.5-litre turbocharged direct injection diesel engine that is also available with the Mahindra Thar in India. It produces a maximum of 62 Bhp and a peak torque of 180 Nm. The engine gets a five-speed manual transmission and the 4WD can be engaged through a manual level. It also gets a low-range transfer case, similar to the Mahindra Thar.
Mahindra Roxor offers quite a long list of features including the BF Goodrich KO2 Radial Offroad tyres, 40-inch HiLites Light Bar, Warner winch, Bestop Bikini soft top, MTX Bluetooth sound bar, 3-spoke steering wheel, 12V power socket and an under seat storage box with a lock. Mechanically, the Roxor is equally good and gets full-floating axle at the front and leaf springs in both the axles. At the rear, the Roxor gets the semi-floating axle. This makes the Roxor very dependable while doing off-roading. Roxor is also quite lightweight, which makes it very capable in tricky situations. The Roxor is rear wheel driven in the 2WD mode, which makes it even more fun on the slippery surfaces like snow and mud.
It gets front disc brakes and drum brakes at the rear. The top speed has been restricted at 72 km/h due to the safety reasons and to meet the US Transport Department guidelines. The Roxor is available in a wide range of bright colours to attract the buyers. In India, the Thar DI is the closest to the Roxor. It is mostly sold to the fleet car owners and is known for being extremely rugged. Even though it has become a popular product in the American market, there are no plans of Roxor getting launched in the Indian market anytime soon.
Currently, Mahindra is locked in a legal battle with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in the United States. FCA wants the US Trade Commission to ban Roxor imports. FCA claims that the Roxor’s design infringes on Jeep copyrights. However, Mahindra has denied this charge. Recently, some media reports announced that the US Trade Commission ruled in Mahindra’s favour but this was denied by FCA, which maintains that the case is still under investigation.