Seen here is a walkaround-video of the new Mahindra Roxor off-road vehicle that will soon go on sale in the United States. As you can see in the video we have here, the Roxor looks a lot like a slightly scaled-down version of the Thar. Basically, the Roxor is based on the Thar but comes with many changes that help it adapt to the off-road vehicle market in the States. Here, in this walkaround-video, you can have a good look at all the features of this Polaris RZR-rival.
The Roxor is not road-legal and is for off-road use and recreational purposes only. It will be assembled at Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Roxor has a towing capacity of more than 1,500 Kgs, which means the latest Mahindra offering can be even used on a farm to tow agriculture-related equipment. Priced at roughly USD 15,000 (approx Rs 9 lakh), the Roxor seems to be quite an expensive option, especially in the Indian context. However, Mahindra is trying to create a new segment of ‘Retro ATVs’ with the Roxor, which, if successful, can help Mahindra establish itself quite well in the US off-road and recreational vehicle market. The Roxor comes with a handful of features, such as – BF Goodrich KO2 Radial Offroad tires, 40″ KC HiLites Light Bar, Warn 8,000 lb. winch, heavy duty battery, Bestop Bikini soft top, MTX Bluetooth sound bar, 3-spoke sports steering wheel, 12V power socket, and under seat lockboxes.
The Roxor shares in plenty with the Thar DI 4WD. Powering the Roxor is the same 2.5-liter turbocharged Diesel engine that powers the Thar. For the Roxor, this motor outputs a maximum power of 62 bhp along with a peak torque of 180 Nm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. You also get 2WD and 4WD modes that can be selected through a 2-speed manual transfer case. The Roxor boasts of a full-floating axle at the front and leaf-springs for both the front and rear. You get a semi-floating axle at the rear. This suspension setup should make the Roxor appropriate for rough usage. Also, a simple construction should help buyers easily tune this off-road vehicle for heavy off-road usage. Braking is courtesy of disc brakes at the front and drum units at the rear. Top speed has been restricted to 70 kmph to meet the guidelines set by the US Transport Department.