Mahindra ROXOR

The New Mahindra ROXOR is One Sweet-Looking UTV

The UTV market may feel a tad oversaturated these days, but in reality there's always room for more. And the new Mahindra ROXOR is a rather interesting addition to the market. Mahindra is better known for their tractors, but they decided to jump into the UTV market late last year.

The new ROXOR is available in an open cab base model and all-weather enclosed cab model to start. The 148-inch length, 75-inch height, and 96-inch wheel base are rather comparable to the other offerings currently on the market.

Mahindra gave these machines a liquid-cooled, 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine that's pumping out 62 ponies of power and 144-foot pounds of torque. The company says that engine gives the machines a towing capacity of 3,490 pounds and a top speed of 55 miles per hour. The transmission is a five-speed manual with both a 2WD and 4WD drive train.

The payload capacity of these machines is about 350 pounds. The vehicle has about nine inches of ground clearance sitting on Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT tires on 16-inch aluminum wheels. The suspension system is made up of leaf springs with shock absorbers in the rear and leaf spring with absorbers and a stabilizer bar in the front.

The body and chassis of these vehicles is made of steel, so it's probably safe to say they will be quite rugged. In fact, the ROXOR is the only side-by-side available right now with a steel body and boxed steel frame. The all-weather model includes a composite cab with a Polycarbonate windshield, wipers, and an HVAC system for some protection against the elements. This model also comes with a WARN winch and mounting plate on the high level bumper.

And no, we aren't ignoring the fact that the ROXOR closely resembles a well-known off-road-capable vehicle in the mainstream marketplace, but you don't have to look too close to recognize the similarities. You can make of that what you will.

Based on some of the specs and the construction of the machine (which is done in the U.S., by the way), we were expecting the price to be quite a bit higher. However, Mahindra has set the MSRP on the base model at $20,599, and the all-weather model at $28,739. It'll be interesting to see how the off-road UTV world and consumers respond to this sleek and sharp new offering to the market.

Check out the Mahindra website for more information on the ROXOR.

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