You couldn’t have a CJ3 with a bluetooth rollbar and face-melting LEDs in the 40s. That’s not so with today’s Mahindra ROXOR modernized Willys Jeep.
Gear Junkie wrote about it recently, describing how the “original Willys DNA” remains, but with a 21st-century upgrade. They advise the vehicle, a version of the much-evolved Indian Mahindra Thar, runs on a diesel engine and is available only with a manual five-speed transmission.
Says Gear Junkie,
“ROXOR offers a diesel engine, boxed steel frame, steel body, solid axles, proper 4WD transfer case, and an old-school five-speed manual transmission…Under the hood, a small but reliable 2.5L inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel puts out 62 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque.”
Here’s a look at the manufacturer’s video.
Not too long ago OFFROAD.com gave audiences a first look at it, as you can see here.
This is likely not the good news some of us would want it to be here in the US, as making the vehicle street-legal would be problematic (and ridiculously expensive). Writer Bryon Dorr explains,
“…as fun as it is, the ROXOR is still nearly a $20,000 vehicle you can’t drive on the road. It’s speed-limited to 45 mph and has a really poor turning radius of 20 feet. And the solid axles and leaf springs don’t add up to comfortable off-roading at speed.”
Maybe so, but it would still make for one interesting side-by-side ATV if you have the resources for it.
Read more in the article OFFROAD ONLY 4×4 Reinvents the Classic.
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