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. ⌧