Mahindra has just confirmed what a lot of people were really hoping to hear – the arrival of the 5-door Thar. Since its launch last year, the second-generation Mahindra Thar has been smashing records. So many buyers have shown interest in the Indian brand’s new SUV that Mahindra can barely cope with the demand. However, one thing that every Thar to date has not offered is a practical 5-door version. While that might seem like a lapse in judgment on Mahindra’s part, a fix is on the way. Anyway, with 55,000 orders (and counting), it is not like buyers are crying foul as yet.
There is a caveat to this good news, however. And that is the fact that the 5-door Thar is only scheduled to arrive sometime in 2023. This means that there is still plenty of time between now and then, so don’t go rushing to the showroom just yet. Having stated that, the decision to bring in a 5-door version of the second-generation Thar is certainly a good idea. The addition of the rear doors will make it easier for people to step in & out of the back seats without fumbling and any awkwardness. Mahindra has not mentioned any details regarding the 5-door model, since the expected launch date is far away.
In the meantime, we can predict a few things on our end. For starters, the 5-door Thar might get an extended wheelbase. For reference, the outgoing 3-door model gets a wheelbase of 2,450mm. As you can tell from the photo (below), fitting a three-seater bench instead of the two individual seats is a possibility in this cabin without having to stretch the wheelbase. Then again, the same cannot be said about the outside of the SUV. In order to fit the rear doors, Mahindra will have to increase the length of the Thar by a fair bit. Obviously, the re-engineering will also take into account moving the rear wheels and extending the footboards.
On the inside, the upcoming 5-door Thar should mostly look the same. Of course, the biggest change in the interior will be the rear doors and a new bench seat. To go along with these, Mahindra might include power-operated rear windows, bottle holders in the doors, and maybe even a rear AC vent. Meanwhile, the rest of the equipment list should remain the same as in the 3-door model. In its top-spec avatar, the outgoing Thar gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, a 6-speaker audio system, cruise control, electrically adjustable door mirrors, and keyless entry, among others. Similarly, the 5-door Thar should also carry over the outgoing model’s safety features, including Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Roll Over Mitigation, dual airbags, and ABS with EBD plus Brake Assist.
Mechanically, the 5-door Thar will mostly be the same as its 3-door sibling. This means that its powerplant options will include a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. The diesel unit produces 130hp and 300Nm of torque, while the turbo-petrol makes a maximum of 130hp and 320Nm of torque. These engines are likely to be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. Once it officially lands in showrooms, you can bet that the demand for the 5-door Thar will be just as high (if not higher) than its 3-door counterpart.