The Mahindra Roxor is the latest in a swarm of new machines hitting the market in 2018. The Mahindra company is no stranger to the off-road world however, and the Roxor has many attributes that are welded deep in the history of the Willys Jeep family. We have all heard the top specifications that make the Roxor a pretty cool machine for off-road, but there are some things you may not know. Here are seven facts that will make you think about the Roxor just a bit differently from now on.
Mahindra originally started assembling post-WWII Willys jeeps for use on the toughest roads of India. Mahindra actually imported the American parts to assemble there before reaching an agreement with Willys-Overland Motors to build its own. Mahindra uses a diesel engine because it is less expensive in India.
Contrary to popular belief the Roxor does not use any plastic fenders, body, or bed. The all-steel construction is a testament to the toughness that Mahindra wanted to deliver to the off-road community. Some of these very parts are even interchangeable with the CJ-2A and CJ-3B Jeep family.
Fully boxed frame instead of C-channel steel. Doing this gives the Roxor much more strength and rigidity. Further adding to the toughness already engineered into the Roxor itself.
Most would never think to look for an item such as a PTO output built into the Roxor’s transfer case. If you look closely, you will see a cover over the PTO output on the rear of the transfer case. This is here by design and the transfer case itself is based on the Dana Spicer Model 18 used in the flatlander Jeeps. This traditionally twin-stick case has been adapted to a single control shifter for more modern use.
The gearing in the Roxor is 3.73 and can be changed out with over-the-counter parts from most automotive stores. With the correct shimming the Dana 44 locker will fit in the factory Roxor gear case.
Although the Roxor’s four-cylinder only shows a respectful 62 hp, do not let this fool you as this engine and turbo combination can produce much more with proper tuning. There is a 100-hp variant of this same engine in another Mahindra product.
The Roxor is based on a vehicle that Mahindra has produced in the past called the Mahindra Thar M2DICR. Launched in October 2010 the Mahindra Thar was built to replace the Mahindra MM540. The Thar has been voted to be one of the top 10 SUVs in India and has a seven-seat model. Thar is also street legal whereas Roxor remains off-road only.