ROXOR Is Ready: Cruising, Crawling, or Hauling—The ROXOR Does it AllPosted in Features on June 11, 2018
The ROXOR stands unique within the side-by-side world. At first glance, it will call to mind ideas of its military heritage. Back in 1947, Mahindra began producing officially licensed versions of the Willys MB, and more recently, the Jeep CJ-3B from 1954 to 2010. Mahindra drew upon this legacy in creating the ROXOR, which has more in common with the OD green troop carriers of way back than with its modern side-by-side counterparts.
Starting with the grille, which, though it is not seven-slotted, will remind you of an old Jeep, but not quite. The ROXOR has a steel body built on a boxed steel frame, with a hood and tailgate that swing with familiarity on real steel hinges. Under that hood is Mahindra’s direct-injection turbodiesel m2DiCR 2.5L four-cylinder powerplant, which cranks out 62 hp and 144 lb-ft of load-hauling low-end torque. Pilots of the ROXOR are treated to the almost comforting experience of rowing through the NGT520 transmission’s five gears and shifting the transfer case (reminiscent of a Dana 18) into true 4-Lo.
We tested the ROXOR Texas-style and cruised through a cattle ranch to get a feel for how it performs on the trail. The front and rear solid axles are styled after the Dana 44, contain 3.73:1 gears, and are held under the ROXOR by leaf springs and hydraulic shocks. Ride quality is what you’d expect from a vehicle with leaf springs—we found it refreshing to actually feel the trail as we steered through the hills and turns. We were also pleased to find that the ROXOR comes standard with 235/70R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires and 16-inch wheels that give the machine 9 inches of ground clearance.
From the contoured bucket seat, the driver’s view over the hood is unobstructed and the gauge cluster will tell you how close you are to the vehicle’s top speed of 45 mph. Optional upgrades from Mahindra include a winch, LED off-road lights, and more.
What’s Next?Mahindra tells us plans are underway for a full fabric enclosure and heat for the ROXOR, good news for those in snowier areas. Engineers are working on PTO implements for the ROXOR’s transfer case, ball and pintle hitches for the rear, as well as a locker, additional gear ratios, and manual hub disconnects for the axles. As far as the aftermarket is concerned, Mahindra described the ROXOR as a “blank canvas,” and the company is excited to see how off-road enthusiasts will customize their ROXORs. For now, the ROXOR is seriously fun to drive off-road and mixes a heavy-duty work ethic with the gear-shifting selectability between crusing and crawling.
Pilots of the ROXOR sit in contoured bucket seats and have easy access to the transfer case and transmission shifters, dash-mounted switches, and floor-mounted cupholders.
SpecsVehicle: Mahindra ROXOR
Base price: $15,549
Engine: 2.5L 4-cyl direct-injected turbodiesel
Transmission: NGT520 5-spd manual
Transfer case: Mahindra T-18 2-spd
Low range ratio: 2.46:1
Crawl ratio: 36.7:1
Steering: Hydraulic power
Front axle/differential: Solid Dana 44-style 3.73 gears/open
Rear axle/differential: Solid Dana 44-style 3.73 gears/open
Brakes (f/r): 9-in disc/11-in drum
Wheels: 16-in steel
Tires: 235/70R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
Overall length (in): 148
Overall width (in): 62
Overall height (in): 75
Overall weight (lb): 3,035 (curb)
Wheelbase (in): 96
Ground clearance (in): 9
Fuel capacity (gal): 12
Payload (lb): 349
Towing capacity (lb): 3,490