It has been around 7 months since Mahindra introduced the latest-gen Thar in India. In that amount of time, the Indian auto brand’s SUV has garnered over 50,000 bookings. Apparently, we Indians really love our SUVs. However, with new orders flooding in, Mahindra has had trouble keeping up in actually producing enough units to keep up with the massive demand. Therefore, it comes as no surprise when you learn that the new Thar’s waiting period has now climbed all the way to 12 months! This puts the Mahindra Thar on the number one spot on the list of cars that command the longest waiting period in India.
According to Mahindra, of all the variants of the new Thar, the automatic versions boast the longest waiting period. Meanwhile, the variants that can be had sooner include the manual versions with the petrol engine. Even at the bottom end, customers of the Mahindra Thar might have to wait for 10 months before getting delivery of their brand-new SUV. Just a few months back, the automaker had announced that it is increasing the production capacity of the Thar in order to reduce the waiting period. Then again, it seems like that hasn’t had as much impact as Mahindra had initially hoped for.
The new Mahindra Thar is currently only available in two trim levels, with prices ranging between Rs 12.12 Lakh and Rs 14.17 Lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). While this is the latest iteration of Mahindra’s all-time-popular body-on-frame SUV, the macho exterior of the new Thar prevails. To keep it looking fresh on the outside, Mahindra has equipped the new Thar with features like LED tail lamps and stylish 18-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, since people usually tend to spend most of their time inside a vehicle, the automaker has updated the interior too. Compared to the old Thar, the new model boasts a heavily revised cabin with a better and user-friendly design.
In terms of creature comforts, the new Mahindra Thar gets a few modern ones in its kitty. For instance, the features include keyless entry, electrically operated external mirrors, electrically operated front windows, a multifunction steering wheel, a color multi-information display, a 6-speaker audio system, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. Covering the new Thar’s safety suite are dual front airbags, ABS with EBD & Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Over Mitigation, Electronic Stability Program, a tire pressure monitoring system, rear parking sensors with a rearview camera, and ISOFIX anchor points.
All variants of the new Mahindra Thar come as standard with four-wheel drive. Meanwhile, customers can choose from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-petrol or a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel powerplant under the hood. The oil burner provides a maximum output of 130hp and 300Nm of torque, whilst the smaller turbo-petrol engine makes a similar 130hp but up to 320Nm of torque. However, the latter is only possible if you pick the 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. As for the diesel version of the Thar, it too can be had with the automatic tranny, or else, customers can always stick with a traditional 6-speed manual gearbox.