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Our Mahindra Roxor

Tech Editor Simons bought a used Roxor.

Love it or hate it, the Mahindra Roxor is here and still for sale, despite legal challenges.

Here is an article where we lay out our opinion of the controversy: Take it or leave it. The truth is, we are in a position to form an opinion on the Roxor as a 4-wheel drive UTV, an opinion that might be biased.

After all, we are human but also used to being accused of bias. If the pattern holds, within the same breath some would accuse us of being overly biased toward one manufacturer, while others accuse us of being traitors for even considering something other than their favorite brand. It's a lose-lose situation. Still, since the Roxor has been available in the United States, we've been here paying attention to it and wondering if this vehicle would stand up to our real-world use, abuse, and modification.

One way or another, the Roxors that have been sold in the U.S. probably aren't going to disappear any time soon, and we'd guess that opening this segment of the UTV/side-by-side market isn't going to slam shut in the next few months or years despite the "differentness" of a Roxor.

Roxors are relatively inexpensive when compared to other UTVs or road-legal vehicles. You can get a new Roxor for under $20,000 out the door. Some would point out that you can get a used, older 4x4 for a lot less than that and then make it your own, but that requires know-how and time, both of which, sadly, not everyone has. You can make payments on a Roxor or buy a $2,000 old 4x4 and spend $18,000 making it work the way you want. We don't fault anyone for building an old 4x4; that's why we're here, and it's what we've done countless times. Still, we'd like to see how the Roxor compares to other 4x4s intended for the trail

So what's the plan, man?

Our plan for this Roxor is to wheel it until it breaks or won't go any farther up the trail. Sure, we will compare it to other 4x4s in the stable and see how it does and hold it to some sort of standard of 4x4 normalcy. From there, we will fix it and modify it, upgrading what doesn't work, and modifying it to make it more and more capable. We'll add bigger tires, better safety equipment, more body and drivetrain armor, much like we would any 4x4. If it fights us the whole way, we will let you know; if it exceeds our expectations in some way or another, we will let you know. With any luck, our past experience and ability to learn about the Roxor going forward will help you decide if one of these things is right for you—or not. We'd like to use our Roxor as an all-around off-road rig, but its looks lend it to successful performance as a "Old-School Rock Crawler" of sorts. So we will modify it to that end, show you what worked, and what didn't, and let the thing flow more or less organically as it gets used, grows, and changes. Think gears, tires, lockers, skid plates, and so on.

So what did we get?

This Roxor came from Roxor. It was a demo Roxor mainly used by the marketing department. We talked them into letting us buy it and build it as we see fit. It's a 2018 Mahindra Roxor LE. New in 2018, this vehicle would have sold for $18,899 plus tax and all the extra dealer setup costs. It also has the optional Warn winch, heavy duty bumper, spare tire, bikini top, and light bar. Like all 2018 and 2019 Roxors, ours has 3.73:1 axle gears, a 5-speed transmission, a 2.5L Turbo Diesel engine, and a two-speed transfer case (with a manual shift lever!).

The used market for Roxors seems to be pretty hot, in that they don't seem to be for sale for long. We are guestimating that a similar used Roxor would have a value at between $14,500 and $18,000. Some used Roxors might be cheaper based on use and or lack of options. And since dust never collects on a rolling stone, we've already seen a bunch of Roxors modified for off-road use, including Jesse Haines' race Roxor, Ned Bacon's race Roxor, Greg Henderson's SEMA show Roxor, the Roxor built by our friends at Offroad Power Products, Spud, (https://offroadpowerproducts.com/2018-mahindra-roxor-build) and more.

What about a New Roxor?

You can go get a bare bones new Roxor for $16,599 plus tax. There are many options, including an automatic transmission, available for newer Roxors. There is also an offer on the website www.roxor.com for a free winch or enclosure. There is also a Veterans and First responders program, as well as an available lease with payments under $190 per month. New options for the 2020 Roxor are the new grille, 5.38:1 axle gears (earlier Roxors have 3.73:1 axle gears), and a four-seater version of the Roxor with a back seat and more of a "family style" roll bar. There is also a ton of aftermarket support from the likes of On The Rox Fabrication (https://ontheroxfab.com/), Diesel Freak (https://dieselfreak.com), Dirt Legal (https://www.dirtlegal.com), and more.