Mahindra had to redesign the Roxor after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) filed an objection as the design was almost identical to a Jeep. Hence, in response to the legal action, Mahindra has adapted an entirely fresh look for the off-roader.
Mahindra has stuck to the retro-styling theme for the updated Roxor and has removed almost all of the Jeep-like looks. The model now gets a much wider nose that allows more space between the headlamps that are now separated by a twin-horizontal slat grille, with honeycomb inserts finished in black. The wider bonnet, houses the wheels within its width and fenders are mostly integrated leaving the rest of the front end rather bare. The grille tapers down to the front bumper, giving a view of the exposed suspension and tyres.
The headlamps continue to be round and are expected to have LED elements within them. Apart from these changes, there aren’t any other styling tweaks visible.
The Roxor is Mahindra’s off-roader that falls under the ‘side-by-side’ category (recreational vehicles that are not road legal) in the North American market. It is built in Auburn Hills, Michigan by Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA), which is Mahindra’s subsidiary in the US. The off-roader is based on the now-discontinued, first-gen Mahindra Thar and shares almost all of its underpinnings and its running gear.
Mahindra is unlikely to make any mechanical changes to the Roxor. It could be offered with the same 2.5-litre, m2DiCR turbocharged diesel engine that produces 61 BHP @ 3,200 rpm and 195 Nm of torque @ 1,400-2,200 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic.