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? Since Mahindra Thar's inception, it has been an iconic vehicle. The car's design and stiffness have been a major success and will continue to be an icon. The latest model is about to be released, and it gains a slew of new features and enhancements over the previous model. Below, we examine the modifications that have occurred in the Mahindra Thar over the years.
? The CJ3A was Mahindra's first vehicle. This initiative began in 1949, and this car's design served as the template for all subsequent Thars. It was a jeep-inspired off-roader that was launched and immediately gained mass appeal due to its proven design and sturdy build.
? The diesel engine is also new and ushers in Mahindra's next generation of diesel engines, including an all-aluminium block. This 2.2-liter mHawk engine will also power Mahindra and Ford's upcoming lineup of medium-to-large SUVs, which will include a variety of power and torque outputs. The mHawk produces 132hp and 300Nm of torque in Thar trim, which may appear unexceptional on paper, but the way this diesel drives tells a different story.
? What makes this engine unique is its huge torque dispersion. It pulls neatly and linearly from roughly 1,000rpm. There is no sudden burst of power, but rather a steady and level push to the quite high rev limit of 4,700rpm. The engine is also quite tuned, and at low revs, you can barely know it's a diesel under the large hood. When the motor is pushed over 3,000rpm, the diesel's unmistakable drone becomes audible.
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Mahindra has reported that over 55,000 bookings have been made for the second-generation Thar, with 47 percent for the automated models. The off-roader is offered with a 150PS 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine or a 130PS 2.2-litre diesel engine. They are available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Mahindra offers the Thar in a price range of Rs 12.11 lakh to Rs 14.16 lakh (ex-showroom). It is in direct competition with the Maruti Suzuki Jimny and the Force Gurkha.
The Mahindra Thar is available in three trim levels: AX, AX Opt, and LX. In addition, the Thar is available in three body types from the manufacturer: fixed soft top, cabriolet or convertible soft top, and fixed hardtop. While the AX model is only available with a fixed soft top, the other two models have a hardtop or a convertible roof.
The Thar will be available with two engine options: a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 130PS/300 Nm and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine producing 150PS/320 Nm. Both engines will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and will come standard with a 4x4 powertrain, including a low-range transfer case. The AX type features a mechanical locking differential, while the LX variant features a brake locking differential for enhanced off-road capability. The new Thar has a 650mm water wading capability, a 41.8-degree approach angle, a 36.8-degree departure angle, and a 27-degree ramp over angle. It is built on a redesigned ladder-frame chassis and features independent double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link coil springs in the back.
The Thar comes equipped with a giant 7-inch touchscreen system. Using this screen, you can get information like off-road statistics, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, roof-mounted speakers, electric air conditioning, steering-mounted audio controls, a multi-information display, power windows, and you get access to keyless entry. In addition, they have installed dual airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, and a roll cage for the vehicle's safety.
Mahindra Thar comes in six distinct colours: Galaxy Grey, Aquamarine, Rocky Beige, Mystic Copper, Red Rage, and Napoli Black.
Currently, the Thar has no rivals in the country. However, it'll square off against the Maruti Suzuki Jimny and the Force Gurkha.
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Attractive design. It has a more manly appearance and a more prominent road presence than ever before.
Available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines and a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The new design is more suited to off-roading than the previous one. Departure angle, breakover angle, and ground clearance all improved significantly.
Additional technology: Differential locking system activated by the brake pedal, auto-locking rear mechanical differential, shift-on-the-fly 4x4 with low range, 7-inch touchscreen with off-road gauges, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.
Superior interior design with increased functionality. The Thar has been redesigned to be more family-friendly.
Improved management of noise, vibration, and harshness. Driving no longer feels crass or out of date.
Additional configurations: Fixed soft top, fixed hardtop, or convertible soft top, in a 6- or 4-seat configuration.
? The ride quality is somewhat stiff. Although it copes admirably with rough roads, sharp bumps can easily disturb the cabin.
? SUV with an old-school ladder frame that behaves like one. Even on gentle curves, there is considerable body roll.
? Several faults with the cabin:
The rear windows are not operable.
The pedal box offers little room for your left foot to rest, even in the automatic.
The interior is somewhat thick.
Big pillars generate significant blind patches to the side.
? It's a significantly improved/polished version of a hardcore off-roader, but not a substitute for more practical, comfy, feature-laden compact/subcompact SUVs.
Not sure if you'd classify this one as a highway mile-eater with a 57-litre fuel capacity. However, with an overall average of 12.78 kilometres per gallon, you get a range of more than 700 kilometres, which will never be insufficient for your off-road trips. We'll examine the petrol automatic version in the following time to better understand its performance and fuel economy.
Despite its aggressive and substantial appearance, the Mahindra Thar is a mechanically sound vehicle with superior driving manners suitable for city and highway travel. While critics will always question the Thar's suitability as a family car, it has always been a niche vehicle aimed at a small group of purchasers. And, the total amount of bookings for this one may well exceed the total number of old Thar’s ever built!
The Mahindra Thar is a vehicle built for specific individuals and is intended for off-road use in hilly places and along country roads. However, city dwellers seeking a fashionable car may also consider it. The Thar includes a removable and re-fit roofing system that will come in handy during the rains.
While the Maruti Gypsy King can be considered a competitor, the Gypsy has almost completely lost its appeal as a new SUV. The sales figures support this. Thus, given the Thar's minimal competition, it commands a unique position in the SUV sector. Additionally, it has been resurrected in response to demand from customers familiar with the practicality of a convertible Off-road SUV.
Body Type SUV
Fuel Type Diesel
ARAI Mileage 16.55 kmpl
Seating Capacity 6