THE NEW GEN ROXOR SHOULD ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA IN 2020/2021
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.