LIFE FOR THE old Willys CJ-2A it ap­pears, has come full cir­cle. It all started years ago when Mahin­dra ac­quired the li­cence to build the Jeep for Asian mar­kets in 1945. Now, in 2018, the In­dian com­pany has un­veiled the Roxor, which looks like a reincarnation of the old Jeep, that it will ship to the US of A to cater to the grow­ing de­mand in the pop­u­lar sideby-side seg­ment.

The Roxor, which will be as­sem­bled in Detroit, isn’t sim­ply a case of the steer­ing wheel swap­ping sides on the Thar and then get­ting a new retro-style body kit. The Roxor is built around a box steel frame. Un­der its bon­net is the 2.5-litre 4-cylin­der turbo diesel en­gine from the Thar DI that makes 61.7 horses and 194.2Nm of max­i­mum twist. The en­gine is paired with a 5-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Sus­pen­sion du­ties are man­aged by leaf springs with sta­biliser bar at the front and hy­draulic shock ab­sorbers for the rear. The Roxor rolls on 16-inch steel wheels and they are shod with all ter­rain 235/70 R16 tyres. Bring­ing the Roxor to a halt are disc brakes at the front and a drum brake setup for the

Mahin­dra re­cently show­cased the Roxor in the US of A and it gets enough as­sets to turn on any off-road nut

rear. Alu­minium wheels are op­tional and come in 16-inch­ers as well.

The Roxor has no wind­screen, no doors, and an op­tional soft top to pro­tect from the sun and rains and seats only two. It’s stripped down to the es­sen­tials, quite like a bikini model. It’s as cool too, but it isn’t all show and no go. The Roxor has all the es­sen­tials that make a true blue off-roader, like an im­pres­sive 228.6mm of ground clear­ance, 4WD with low ra­tio trans­fer case and a rugged build.

The Limited Edi­tion good­ies in­clude the soft top, a winch with a tow­ing ca­pac­ity of over 1500kg, a 40-inch light bar mounted on the roof to pro­vide ex­tra il­lu­mi­na­tion, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, side and rear view mir­rors, grab han­dles and Goodrich off-road tyres. ⌧

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