Monday, March 5, 2018
Mahindra Launches Budget Diesel-Powered Jeep Wrangler
Looking for a no-frills, no-nonsense off-roader? Forget the modern-day Mercedes-Benz G-Glass or even the newest Jeep Wrangler. Mahindra may have a solution for you in the Roxor.
Born out of a licensing agreement to build Jeeps, the Indian carmaker just revealed the diesel-powered Roxor. Built on a steel frame, it’s suspended on leaf springs on all four corners connected to solid front and rear axles.
Powering the Roxor is a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 62 (not a typo) horsepower and 155 Nm of torque. These numbers limit the top speed to just over 72 km/h but because of its 5-speed manual gearbox and low-speed four-wheel drive transfer case, it should still be fun to drive over rocks, trails, and dunes. Plus, it can actually tow close to 1,580 kilograms.
The Mahindra Roxor is actually the company’s first product to be assembled in Auburn Hills, Michigan in the US. The price is around USD 15,000 (~P 779,000). And while that’s not cheap, considering its abilities, it does sound reasonable enough. Plus, it’s still cheaper than the cheapest Jeep Wrangler than you can get which starts at a little below P 2,000,000.
Hopefully, Mahindra’s Philippine distributor, Asiabrands Motors Corporation would consider bringing in Roxor locally, especially since off-roading has become a very popular automotive pastime recently.