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Top 3 Brilliant Features of the 2019 Mahindra Roxor

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Mahindra typically makes trucks and utility vehicles but ever since it streamlined into passenger vehicles, we had a feeling it’s only a matter of time before we see an off-road passenger truck that doesn’t break the bank. And we’re right. The 2019 Mahindra Roxor is exactly what we envisioned Mahindra will one day release—a tough and reliable off-roader that’s cheaper than a lot of compact sedans in the market.

Old-School Exterior

The boxy Mahindra Roxor, which is offered in 900 different color combinations, looked like it was carved out of military vehicles used in the second world war. At the front, there are two headlights with a flat, five-slat grille sandwiched in between. The Mahindra logo is positioned above the grille. The bumper is made of pure steel.

There’s not much to say about the profile, but the rear is as simple as it can get. It has a spare tire that’s attached to a tailgate that opens sideways. The tail lamp only has the brake lights and the reverse light. The bumper, much like the one in front, is made of steel and has hooks for towing.

Basic Interior

If you’re here looking for the latest infotainment system and touchscreen display, you’re out of luck. The Roxor is functional but it is not luxurious. It doesn’t even have doors! Instead, you’ll find two capable seats for the driver and the passenger, a three-spoke steering wheel, a large tachometer, a switch for the headlights, and a grab handle for the passenger. Yes, that’s about it.

Competent Engine

The Mahindra Roxor has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It produces 62 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 55 mph. Since this is an off-roader, it can tow up to 3,490 pounds while the payload capacity is at 349 pounds.

The Roxor is priced at $16,000 but adding all options and accessories will set you back by $20,000.

Pininfarina Battista Hypercar Catches Everyone’s Attention in Geneva

The new Pininfarina Battista is now the world’s most powerful road-legal hypercar. The new vehicle overtakes the likes of Koenigsegg and Hennessey Performance in terms of speed. The unit is also highlighted by its all-electric powertrain.

The Pininfarina Battista was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The new hypercar produces 1,900 hp from its four electric motors made by Rimac Automobili. Each electric motor is assigned to each wheel of the auto. Its whooping performance is complemented by the carbon fiber materials used in its body as well as an active rear wing.

The enormous output and lightweight construction of the Pininfarina Battista launch it from 0-60 mph in only 1.9 seconds. Automobili Pininfarina, the maker of the Battista, claimed that the vehicle is even faster than the acceleration of an F-16 jet. On the other hand, the car’s max speed is capped at 217 mph.

It should be noted that the battery of the auto also comes from Rimac. In full charge, the electric range of the vehicle can go as far as 280 miles.

The other key technical details about the Pininfarina Battista are still under wraps. However, its maker informed us that its production will start in 2020. Only 150 samples of the hypercar will be made, and each unit will carry a price of $2.2 million.

Automobili Pininfarina is based in Germany. The company is owned by Mahindra Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate. Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke confirmed that 40 percent of the car’s global construction is already reserved. In the US, it is already close to 70 percent. They expect to sell all Pininfarina Battistas after the 2019 Pebble Beach car show in August.

Pininfarina Launches EV Brand, Hypercar To Come In 2020

pininfarina h2-speed concept

Pininfarina launched Automobili Pininfarina on Friday in Rome. The brand will focus on the conceptualization and the production of electric vehicles. Pininfarina’s parent company, Mahindra, is currently in Rome to compete in this weekend’s Formula E Championship round.

Battista Pininfarina said that launching a car brand is a dream come true for him. Thanks to the financial backing of Mahindra, these dreams are coming into fruition.

The cars that will be produced under the new brand will be prestigious and luxurious, true to Pininfarina’s name and reputation. The first model will arrive this year as the production version of the H2 Speed concept that was shown at the 2016 Geneva motor show. The H2 Speed is a track-only electric supercar that uses a hydrogen fuel cell stack instead of batteries. There will only be 12 units in production.

But on Friday, during the launch of the Automobili Pininfarina, the company said that the flagship model of the brand will arrive in 2020. The vehicle will use a technology formulated by Rimac and Mahindra’s Formula E team. Power output will most likely be 1,480 horsepower, similar to the Bugatti Chiron. But much like the H2 Speed, too, there will only be a few units in production.

Rimac, as we can all remember, recently revealed C_Two hypercar that can produce as much as 1,914 horses from its four electric motors.

Don’t fret, though. Even if you can’t get your hands on the flagship model from Pininfarina’s new car brand, you can get dibs on other Pininfarina models, which will be built in higher volumes. This would include sedans and SUVs.

This is not the first time Pininfarina would venture into the production of cars. The company has been actively building various cars for companies, including the Volvo C70. It also has quite an experience producing electric cars such as the BlueCar electric hatch developed by French firm Bollore.

Ford And Mahindra To Come Out With New Crossover And EV

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Something is finally coming out of the partnership between Ford and Mahindra that was inked way back in September 2017.

According to reports, the two brands are partnering to come up with a crossover and an electric vehicle. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that the planned crossover has anything to do with Ford’s plans in the same segment. Simply put, Ford wants to put its mark in the Indian auto market.

What we now understand about the agreement on the SUV is that Ford will be doing majority of the work using Mahindra’s equipment, which interestingly included the platform on which the SUV will be built on. This means that Mahindra, even as a partner to Ford, will stay out of the plans in producing the 2020 Bronco.

Aside from the SUV crossover, the two companies are also producing an electric vehicle to compete with the likes of Tesla. Although details are still unknown, this could be a huge stepping stone for Mahindra to finally sink its teeth on the US market, either under its own name or the sub-brand Pininfarina. Mahindra already has headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, so the first step has already been casted.

Mahinda previously reiterated its plan to make its presence known in the US market. An EV made in collaboration with a beloved American company, Ford, could be the linchpin that will make that happen.

Ford and Mahindra are working on a lot more than a crossover and EV. Those two are just part of the grand scheme of things, which include developing new initiatives and technologies that could open the door for future projects in the US and in India.

Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president and president of Global Markets, said that his company’s aim is to offer the best vehicles that will fit the lifestyles of the Indian market.

 

 

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