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Yes, at first glance it looks like a Willys, as it should since the Mahin­dra Group was in­volved in pro­duc­ing the Willys MB in 1947 and the Jeep CJ-3B from 1954 to 2010. No, it’s not road le­gal. Yes, it is a UTV, but it’s the kind of UTV that an off-road truck en­thu­si­ast would build.

Flat panel 12 gauge steel body, on a boxed frame con­struc­tion, with front and rear leaf spring sus­pen­sion, pow­ered by a 2.5L turbo diesel in­line four en­gine, trans­fer­ring low-end torque to front and rear solid axles via a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and two speed trans­fer case.

The 62 horse­power at 3400 rpm is not as­tound­ing, but it does gen­er­ate 144lb-ft of torque from 1400 to 2200 rpm to give you a max tow rat­ing of 1583 kg (3,490 lb - close to a 2017 Jeep Wran­gler) but with a rather mea­ger pay­load ca­pac­ity of 159 kg (349 lb). Roxor ex­plains this weak pay­load num­ber is be­cause “The EPA off-road recre­ational ve­hi­cle reg­u­la­tions un­der which the ROXOR is au­tho­rized to be man­u­fac­tured and sold im­pose re­stric­tions and lim­its on top­ics such as weights and ca­pac­i­ties.” Sounds like Roxor pay­load might be higher but they aren’t al­lowed to say so.

Al­though they haven’t an­nounced them yet, ap­proach and de­par­ture angles look good, and 23 cm (9 in) of ground clear­ance with a 2.44 m (96 in) wheel­base should pro­vide a de­cent breakover an­gle. Ac­cord­ing to Roxor it achieves 7.4 to 6.0 L/100km (32-34 mpg).

The ini­tial tar­get mar­ket is off-road en­thu­si­asts and out­doors­men, which is why the Lim­ited Edi­tion (LE) avail­able at launch will come with 235/70R16 BFGoodrich All-Ter­rain T/A KO2 tires, Bestop bikini soft top, a Warn winch rated to 8,000 pounds, and a 40-inch KC HiLites LED light­bar.

In the near fu­ture, a model more suited to­wards farm­ing, log­ging, and min­ing will have fea­tures like a dump box.

It’s not all sun­shine and rain­bows in Rox­or­land. It has a speed lim­iter, which stops the Roxor from do­ing more the 72 kph (45 mph), and the old­school leaf spring sus­pen­sion is a bit bouncy. Folks who are look­ing for the long travel of in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion and high-speed ca­pa­bil­ity of a more tra­di­tional UTV like a RZR (128 kph) will be dis­ap­pointed. Folks look­ing to en­joy Jeep-style trail rides, get some work done around the farm, tow a load in a ve­hi­cle that has fewer mov­ing parts and is easy to re­pair, will love it.

Mahin­dra Au­to­mo­tive North Amer­ica (MANA), a US sub­sidiary of the In­dian par­ent com­pany, will build the Roxor at a new plant in south­east Michi­gan. MSRP: $15,000 USD Rox­o­rof­ watch?v=-bAgh6MfOF8

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