Mahindra recently launched the Roxor off-road recreational vehicle in the American market. The Roxor is based on the Mahindra Thar and gets the same 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine. It is being sold in the States by Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA), who assemble the Roxor at the company’s facility in Detroit.
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The Roxor has been receiving many rave reviews from the American testers. However, it looks like someone thought Roxor SUV can be a bit more ‘American’ and hence, installed Mattracks’ snow/sand tracks on the Thar-based off-roader. The tank-like tracks on the Roxor you see in the image above are 48 inches long, 30 inches high and 15 inches wide.
The suspension and the wheel wells have been suitably modified to ensure proper fitment of these tracks. The engine has been left untouched, which means you get the same 2.5-liter diesel engine producing a max. power of 62 HP and a peak torque of 195 Nm. The motor 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.
Unlike Mahindra Thar, which is road-legal in India, the Roxor can’t be used on the public streets of the USA. Mahindra has even restricted the speed limit to 78 kmph to enable it to sell under the recreational vehicles category. The set of tank tracks that this Roxor possesses costs Rs 10 lakh in the US market. These tank-like tracks are also known as Continuous track or Caterpillar tracks.
Such tracks have gained a lot of popularity in many parts of the world. You can see them on industrial equipment and even on some off-road vehicles. Equipped with these tracks, this Mahindra Thar-based vehicle for the US market can truly go anywhere. These caterpillar tracks enhance the traction and help a vehicle tackle treacherous terrains. Mattracks sells these Caterpillar Tracks in as many as 100 countries. These tank-like tracks can be used on various kinds of terrains and in any climatic condition.