Over 1,500 Units Of The New Mahindra Thar Recalled In India; Only Diesel Variants Affected
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Over 1,500 Units Of The New Mahindra Thar Recalled In India; Only Diesel Variants Affected

The all-new Mahindra Thar has now been on sale in the country for over three months. In all this time, the body-on-frame SUV has accumulated tens of thousands of orders from enthusiastic customers. With the significant update, the second-generation Thar promises a lot for your money – respectable off-road performance being one of them. Moreover, the new model also brings with it better and more modern features that make the Thar a better buy. But the Indian automaker has now announced that it will be voluntarily recalling cars manufactured between September 7 and December 25, 2020. In this case, Mahindra will be taking back 1,577 units of the new Thar over a possible camshaft issue.

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2020 Mahindra Thar rear three quarter

The said issue only affects the diesel variants of the new Thar, leaving the turbo-petrol variants untouched. According to Mahindra, the vehicles with the possibly flawed camshaft have been the result of an improper manufacturing technique by the component supplier. Obviously, customers of the affected cars will not have to pay a dime for the mandatory fix. Over the next few days or weeks, Mahindra will be getting in touch with Thar owners for the recall. While the fix is free, customers will have to leave their car at the service center for a few days. Meanwhile, if you think your Thar is one of the units with the flawed component, you can also contact the company.

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2020 Mahindra Thar side profile

While some might be concerned by this turn of events, this isn’t an uncommon happening in the industry. Cars get recalled all the time around the world, mostly due to issues that may directly or indirectly affect safety. In this case, as you can see, it is not even Mahindra’s fault (at least not directly). Automakers have contracts with several third-party suppliers/vendors for various components that could be an integral part of their vehicle. And sometimes, these suppliers may not pass certain quality control checks that are mandated by the OEM contracting them. However, many a time, such flaws mostly only take into account a few batches over the entire production.

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2020 Mahindra Thar automatic gearbox

In this instance, the issue such as the one affecting the new Mahindra Thar is only applicable to some units. Having said all that, the second-gen Thar is a pretty sweet SUV. Built on a proper steel body-on-frame platform, Mahindra’s latest Thar is still capable of taking on some really tough terrain. The new Thar can wade through water bodies up to 650mm deep, while its 226mm of ground clearance is good. Meanwhile, it boasts an approach angle of 41.8 degrees, breakover angle of 27 degrees, and departure angle of 36.8 degrees. Being an off-roader, the Thar also gets a four-wheel-drive system and a locking center differential plus a roll cage.

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2020 Mahindra Thar cabin

As for its vital features, Mahindra has equipped the new Thar with several essential safety gadgets. There is Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Roll Over Mitigation, Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), ISOFIX anchors, and dual airbags. For its motive force, the new Mahindra Thar comes with two engine options.

2020 Mahindra Thar off-road

One of these is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel mill that develops 130hp and 300Nm of torque. It can be had with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox and comes with 4WD as standard. Then there is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that makes 150hp and a similar 300Nm of torque. However, if you go for the automatic variant, the maximum torque goes up to 320Nm.

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