Mahindra Four Wheel Drives.
Mahindra still make premodern Jeeps in India using ex Jeep technology and Peugeot designed motors.
This Mahindra Jeep was spotted in the UK.
You can see the close resemblance to early
Evidently, despite being underpowered, X's vehicle (similar to the one above) was good for 70mph, but any sort of hill, or headwind, reduced this drastically.
He had the vehicle from new. His main complaints were:-
Despite this X thought the vehicle was good off-road, and was particularly impressed with the exceptionally low gearing.
Interestingly, X tells me that a batch of Mahindra's were on sale
in the UK, possibly up to 100, which were described as "expedition(?)"
spec'ed. He reckons they were from an order rejected by the
Australian "outback police", due to poor build quality. (He says
they rejected the first 15, and refused to take the remaining 85).
This ties up with a feature I saw in a magazine, at about that time,
so I would think there is some truth in this.
Tini Korah writes ...
Mahindra basically enjoys a monopoly when it comes to making diesel 4X4s.
The other two 4X4's are the Gypsy
Samurai) made by Maruthi Udyod
Ltd. It is a fancy looking vehicle but has a 1000cc petrol engine which is
Then there is the Jonga, (an old Nissan 4X4) made by the Indian Army and
now available to civilians. Which is another very basic vehicle. Now that I am
in the USA, I am begining to enjoy 4X4s better. [...]
Mahindra CJ3 Technical Specifications:
[*] Note the magic 80" wheel-base of early Jeeps and SI Land-Rovers.
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