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New Mahindra Thar 6-Seater AX Variants Discontinued

When it was launched back in October 2020, the new Mahindra Thar was offered in multiple trim levels and variants. Occupying the lower rung of this ladder were the entry-level AX variants. In ascending order, these were pegged as the base AX Standard and the slightly pricier AX, respectively. Upon its introduction, the AX Standard variant was offered with a sub-10 lakh price tag (ex-showroom). However, within a short span of time, Mahindra stopped accepting orders for the two entry-level AX variants of the new Thar. One of its primary reasons for doing this was the immense backlog of bookings it was facing. Compounding that issue was the fact that the vast majority of orders coming in were for the higher variants of the Thar.

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2020 Mahindra Thar rear three quarter
The higher AX (O) and LX variants garnered more bookings

So it made sense for the Indian automaker to shift its focus to the variants that were selling more units. In turn, this meant receding the lower performing AX Standard and AX variants for good. So if you are in the market for the new Thar, your only current options are the AX (O) and LX variants. Moreover, it was only the base variants of the new Thar that came with seating for 6 people. This was because they were equipped with side-facing rear seats. Of course, these are not only less safe than the front-facing ones in the higher variants, but they also weren’t all that popular amongst buyers either. With Mahindra gleaming with pride over its SUV’s crash-safety performance at Global NCAP, these lower variants made even less sense.

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2020 Mahindra Thar cabin
The higher variants are only offered with four seats

As a prospective buyer, what you need to keep in mind is that the new Mahindra Thar will now cost more to acquire. Basically, the entry point into the Thar range now starts with the Rs 11.90 lakh AX (O) variant. But if you want all the modern goodies and safety features, you will have to upgrade to the range-topping LX. Regardless, both these variants are strictly four-seaters. While the cheaper variants are now no more, the new Thar is still available in soft-top, hard-top, and convertible versions. On the same note, engine and gearbox options are pretty varied as well. There is the 2.0-liter turbo-petrol four-cylinder that is rated at 150hp with a maximum torque of 320Nm. Its transmission choices include either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox (in the top LX variant).

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2020 Mahindra Thar rear
The new Mahindra Thar is available in three body styles

Meanwhile, the diesel-powered Mahindra Thar comes with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox. This oil burner puts out a fairly decent 130hp and a maximum twisting force of 300Nm. No matter which engine or gearbox option you pick, all Thars come as standard with a four-wheel-drive (4WD) system. And if you go for the fully-loaded LX variant, it will offer even more dedicated off-road equipment and features. Furthermore, the Thar LX also comes with some modern convenience tech as well. For instance, it gets a 7-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, cruise control, and electrically-operated door mirrors. Other nifty bits on the LX include front fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll-Over Mitigation.

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