Does this look cool? This is the Mahindra Roxor and nope, this is not for India, but for the US market. The Roxor, based on the Thar, is a more hardcore beast with the sole agenda of being an off-roader’s dream.
The Thar and Roxor have their differences. The US market gets a more focused off-road ready version while our Thar is a bit more lenient with a few features thrown in. The biggest change is that you cannot drive the Roxor on US roads- it is not street legal unlike how the Thar is in India.
The Roxor can be driven on farm lands/ select off-road trails but not on roads hence no registration is required. It does not have a windscreen or doors or well, much of anything.
There are more changes too as the Roxor has a tweaked grille and is made of lighter materials than the Thar. The Thar is way more domesticated and tarmac/feature friendly than the Roxor. The Roxor is lighter, smaller and nimbler than the Thar. Additionally, Mahindra offers the Roxor in a whole range of colours/wraps while the Thar is limited to few options.
So who gets the better Mahindra, US or India? Well the Roxor is designed as an ATV rival and not a conventional car while the Thar can be used on roads. The Roxor is the more fun and the better off-roader for sure, but the Thar has its advantages which have been mentioned above. So while India will not get the Roxor, the Thar is not a bad compromise, no?