Mahindra Thar-based Roxor off-roader: First proper drive reviews are here [Video]

Regulars here would know that we’ve been keenly following the developments related to the new Mahindra Roxor for the United States. The Roxor looks likely a slightly smaller Thar but is essentially a rival to the likes of the Polaris RZR. The Roxor is,  in essence, a derivative of the Thar as it shares more than just the design with it. It comes with the same engine and even shares plenty of components with the popular Indian vehicle. First drive reviews of the new Roxor has started surfacing on the Youtube. Going by these reviews, it looks like the company has nailed it with its recent offerings. The testers simply can’t stop marveling at the grunty diesel engine and also the off-roading capabilities of this machine. Let’s have a look at a couple of drive reviews.

The first review here goes on to talk about the Roxor’s resemblance to the original Jeep design. It also goes on to highlight the several features that this vehicle comes with. You get an electric winch, roof-mounted aux lamps, sporty steering wheel, and a lot more. There’s also a ‘Don’t do anything stupid’ sticker to remind you to keep the excitement levels in check. The reviewer seems particularly impressed with the Roxor’s diesel engine. He says it’s a ‘torquey little monster’ and loves how there’s ample grunt on offer. The new Mahindra Roxor is powered by the same 2.5-liter turbocharged Diesel engine that powers the Thar. For the Roxor, the 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. A 2-speed manual transfer case helps you select between 2WD and 4WD and High and Low ratios. The remaining part of the above video goes on to show the Roxor tackling some hurdles.

Even the video you see above is all about Roxor’s high off-roading capabilities. Both the videos highlight the ease with which the Roxor can handle various obstacles that one encounters while going off-road. The video shows the Roxor flying through the ‘Articulations’, which is actually a challenging off-road obstacle. The next hurdle tests the ground clearance of the Roxor. The Roxor offers a ground clearance of 228 mm, which is almost 30% higher than what the Thar offers. The high ground clearance enables the Roxor to simply glide over most of the obstacles you can throw at it. Next, the Roxor easily makes its way through a ‘log jam’, which puts the car’s traction to test. The Roxor also sails through the stability test on a side hill with flying colors. The Roxor deals with a hill climb in the last leg of the test. As seen in the video, the Roxor manages to climb to the top without the engine having to work too hard. In the words of the tester, this highlights the ‘massive torque’ on offer.

One thing that we’ve come to realize after watching all such videos is that the Indian UV giant seems to have got it really right with the Roxor. Most of the reviews of the Roxor look very positive. This should help Mahindra establish itself well in the off-road and recreational vehicle market of the United States.

Video credits – Exploring Elements, Bobby McCarty