It initially planned to import a diesel pickup and sell it though a distributor here, but all Mahindra got instead was a lengthy legal battle and nothing to show for it.
Now, Mahindra (via The Truth About Cars) is beginning to dip its toes in the sales pool with the Roxor, which is powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine developing 62 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque.
The Roxor is heavier, too, weighing in at a Miata-busting 3,045 pounds, but like a worker ant, the Indian Jeep can tow more than its own weight: 3,490 pounds, to be exact, at speeds of up to 15 mph.
The base model is priced at $15,499 with the stats above and without doors.
The Mahindra Roxor will be built right here in the U S of A and is available now at any of Mahindra's 70 nationwide dealers.