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un­der the same reg­u­la­tions as farm-use side-by-side ATVS) and is not road le­gal.

Here in Aus­tralia Mahin­dra pre­vi­ously looked at in­tro­duc­ing the Roxor, but Aus­tralian De­sign Rules meant it could only be sold as a farm ve­hi­cle, a mar­ket al­ready cov­ered by the MPACT, a side-by-side ATV sold here by Mahin­dra. That’s the his­tory; the fu­ture is a new-gen­er­a­tion Roxor that will be road-le­gal in Aus­tralia and should ar­rive in the next two or three years.

At this stage it’s un­cer­tain what en­gine it will use, but it prob­a­bly won’t be the cur­rent Roxor 2.5-litre diesel, at least not in the cur­rent state of tune that lim­its it to 46kw and 195Nm due to reg­u­la­tions cov­er­ing farm ve­hi­cles in the USA.

What we do know is that the Roxor sold in Aus­tralia will re­tain the defin­ing el­e­ments of the cur­rent Roxor, in­clud­ing the Jeep-like styling. It will also be built on a sep­a­rate chas­sis, have leaf-sprung live axles at both ends, and em­ploy part-time four-wheel drive.

The wheel­base will be 2440mm, while the over­all weight will be down around a very handy 1400kg. Front and rear lock­ers, ex­cel­lent ground clear­ance, and steep ap­proach, ram­pover and de­par­ture an­gles should help make it an off-road weapon. The Roxor will most likely also come with fac­tory body and run­ning-gear op­tions, such as a lift kits and big­ger wheel/tyre pack­ages.

In other Mahin­dra news, the cur­rent Pik-up ute will be re­placed by a new-gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle around 2021. This will be part of a new global push by Mahin­dra, with a new plat­form de­signed to sat­isfy the lat­est safety and emis­sion stan­dards.

This new plat­form will also un­der­pin the Scor­pio 4x4 wagon, which is also slated for Aus­tralian re­lease around that time. The cur­rent Scor­pio sells in In­dia and else­where but not in Aus­tralia.

The Pik-up will also gain the op­tion of an au­to­matic gear­box next year, which will no doubt boost sales in a mar­ket where the pref­er­ence is now for au­to­mat­ics over man­u­als. The gear­box is an Aisin six-speed sim­i­lar to that used in Toy­ota Hilux, Prado and For­tuner, and the Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X.

Ex­pected op­tions for the SWB Thar/roxor in­clude lift kits and big­ger wheels and tyres.

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