These images hint at the design of the 2021 or 2022 Mahindra Roxor.
We may get a 2021 or 2022 Mahindra Roxor in the United States after all. This is good news for Roxor fans who were worried that the “Stop Sale” lawsuit completely killed the side-by-side, UTV alternative. With the legal issues and COVID-19 complications, we don’t have an exact date for its return – yet.
Back in November 2019, Administrative law judge Cameron Elliot determined that the Roxor violates Jeep’s trade dress and recommended that the United States International Trade Commission step in and order a stop-sale on Roxors. That happened recently and we were left wondering when (or if) the fascinating little Roxor will return.
For those who didn’t know, Fiat Chrysler’s issue is with the design of the Roxor as it takes a lot of styling cues from the Jeep CJs of the past. To say that the exterior is close to a knock-off of a CJ5 wouldn’t be off base. Overseas, there are many automakers who copy a variety of vehicles, especially iconic ones.
Normally, it’s not that big of a deal if they sit in a market that the automaker doesn’t care about (or compete with). In this case, bringing the CJ-like Roxor here did not please Jeep/FCA.
Long story short, fans of the Roxor felt defeated when they did, indeed, stop the sale of their vehicle.
Recently, Mahindra posted a statement:
“Concerning the recent ITC ruling, we’ll let the legal process play out, but we remain confident in our position. We have plans in place to ensure ROXOR will continue to set a standard in the side-by-side segment for years to come.
The ITC’s ruling is lengthy, and we are still evaluating all of its contents. We are evaluating our options with respect to appeals of the finding which we continue to believe is in error. During the appeal process, we are moving forward with a planned redesign.”
What to expect from a redesign:
Unlike the rumored FJ design, this may look completely different. A few changes in the overall body design are expected, but the dimensions should remain about the same.
We expect the same diesel and the same six-speed manual and automatic transmissions that are in the current model. In fact, mechanically, there most likely will be very little change.
The 2021 or 2022 Mahindra Roxor may have a revised interior design with a few new bits of equipment as well.
Speaking of Mahindra, check out the redesigned Thar (take its design for what you will) below: