Good things come in small packages

If a 62 horsepower, toy-sized off-roader that offers 900 colors and a bunch of accessories wasn’t enough for you, Mahindra has taken care of it with the Roxor Roxbox Concept. While the Roxor is a little off-roader for recreational fun, the Roxbox is for people who need a tiny work truck. Mahindra has offered a host of accessories on the Roxbox that make it a capable work truck. That doesn’t mean it’s not an off-roader anymore; it is even better because you can get the work done on weekdays and have fun on weekends. The biggest advantage the Roxbox holds over the other utes from Yamaha, John Deere, Polaris, etc is its versatility. Although we ruled the Roxor being a threat to the Jeep Gladiator, the Roxbox sure looks like it could be.

Exterior

  • Retro-looks upfront will please the purists
  • Steel bumper
  • Steel roof
  • LED light bar on the roof
  • Flat work deck instead of truck bed
  • Comes with foldable steel cage
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The highlight of the Mahindra Roxor Roxbox Concept is that the automaker has used bedliner-type material all over the body which it calls the Rox liner. Upfront, it carries a classic, old-school face that’s reminiscent to Jeep’s design philosophy.

The round headlights, the fenders sticking out in the front, and the bumper; all of it is signature Jeep truck.

That’s because Mahindra was awarded a contract to build Willys military Jeeps back in the 1940s. So, as an ode to that, Mahindra has been carrying this face for decades now on its Indian truck called the ’Thar’. The bumper protrudes out to house a winch kit with ease and to accommodate the wheels that jutter out a lot in the front.

The side profile looks kind of disproportionate, but we are not complaining. This niche truck has all the elements to be qualify as a funky vehicle and we are more than happy. The straight-up windshield is connected to a hard top steel roof and houses an LED light bar that is available as an option on the standard Roxor. This LED bar offers a 360-degree light array that throws light in all the directions. Looks like an enlightened vehicle from the far! Half side doors are present on the Roxbox and the rear view mirrors are placed quite high up.

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The rear is where it differentiates from the Roxor.

Instead of the small bed that comes standard on the back of the Roxor, Mahindra has installed a flat work deck surrounded by steel mesh cages on each side to keep your cargo from falling when traversing on rough terrains.

Kudos to the automaker for its attention-to-detail as each one of the cages can fold flat to increase the amount of workspace you have. Under the flat work deck, a large drawer has been installed for keeping tools secure when not in use. I’m very much impressed with this concept from Mahindra!

Interior

  • Features? What’s that?
  • Three-spoke steering wheel
  • Cup holders are present
  • Comes with half doors
  • Seats look basic, but nice with red fabric inserts
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’The most basic cabin ever!’ That is how you can describe the Roxbox’s cabin.

It literally has only seats, steering wheel, gear lever, and pedals.

The instrument cluster is basically a meter in the middle of... oh wait, there’s no dashboard either! In between the seats, Mahindra has provided a cupholder on either side of the handbrake. The red fabric on the seats break the black monotony and will not look very dirty either in the long run. There is a C-shaped section above the doors to keep the occupants in place, perhaps. The doors have small storage bags on the inside that will be helpful in carrying the small stuff.

Drivetrain

  • 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine
  • Produces 62 ponies
  • 144 Pound-feet of torque
  • Tops out at 55 mph
  • Towing capacity of 3,490 pounds
  • Payload capacity of 349 pounds
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The powertrain Mahindra uses is not awe-inspiring really, but it sure is fun as long as you keep it off-track. Since it’s based on the Roxor, the Roxbox also has a fully-boxed, ladder-construction, steel truck-style architecture that can take whatever is thrown at it. It is all the more challenging in the Roxbox since it will be used as a work truck as well apart from the off-roader.

It comes with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

The mill produces 62 ponies and 144 pound-feet of torque, and power is then sent to the wheels via a low-range transfer case. Like I mentioned earlier, these specs are not impressive on paper, but do remember this is not a city commuter at all.

The steering wheel is good for driving on trails and grades, but not for tarmac. The fact that it can go only up to 45 miles per hour adds to the misery. But for some reason, Mahindra has mentioned the top speed as 55 miles per hour on its website. Mahindra did not increase the towing and payload capacities on the Roxbox. It is same as the Roxor which can tow up to 3,490 pounds and comes with a payload capacity of 349 pounds.

Mahindra Roxor RoxBox Concept drivetrain specifications
Engine 2.5-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 62 horsepower
Torque 144 pound-feet
Top Speed 55 mph
Towing capacity 3,490 lbs
Payload capacity 349 lbs

Final Thoughts

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The Roxbox Concept has been designed for people who will want a little utility from their truck.

The Roxor is a mere off-roader and can’t be used for literally anything else. So, the Roxbox makes more sense that way. Mahindra plans to launch the production version as close to the concept. However, Mahindra has not mentioned anything about the accessories. I assume the accessories available on the standard Roxor will be available on this one as well. Mahindra did not announce the pricing for the Roxbox, but we speculate the production version to be priced around $17,000; marginally higher than the Roxor. Interestingly, Mahindra plans to roll out an electric Roxor in the future as well. However, don’t expect it to let out the grunts, roars, and, oohs and aahs, of the present diesel mill.

If you had the moolah, which one would you pick - Roxor, or the Roxbox? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

  • Leave it
    • It’s in an absolutely bare-bones form
    • People will spend a little more and get the Gladiator instead
    • Not a volume-selling vehicle. Will be hard to find spares if company decides to stop production

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Mahindra Roxor.

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