Mahindra has given a green signal to the production of Five-door Mahindra Thar that will make its debut next year and gets launched by late 2022. With the introduction of the new-gen Mahindra Thar has got some great success with more than 50,000 units booked and a waiting period for some variants up to a year. The new Thar is totally built from scratch and built on a brand new platform with new engine options and better equipment than before. It still gets the 3-door body style that comes in both hard-top and soft-top variants. But even though the new Thar is gaining popularity some customers want to own a more practical five-door version with all 4×4 capabilities that the 3-door version offers. Looking into that Mahindra has now considered to officially launch the five-door Mahindra Thar and start its production soon.
Five-door Mahindra Thar will be launched by late 2022
A more practical version of the original 3-door version with all 4×4 capabilities
Five-door Mahindra Thar is expected to be Rs 70,000 to 80,000 more in comparison to the 3-door version
The Five-door Mahindra Thar is completely aimed at a different category of people, it will be made of those people who love a practical car with more usable interior space but with rugged looks and go-anywhere type of capabilities in a budget, unlike the 3-door Thar which was primarily aimed at individuals. The Five-door version of the Thar is expected to get the same or more popularity and fan following as the 3-door Thar has got after its launch.
Now coming to the dimensions of the Thar, the 3-door version has a length of 3,985mm and a wheelbase of 2,450mm, but with the addition of the rear doors, the Five-door version will have an increase in overall length and also the wheelbase. We are expecting a 14-15% increase in overall length over the 3-door version but nothing much can be said now. But even with the increased dimensions the five-door version will feature similar styling and may also be offered with both soft top and hardtop variants.
The Five-door Mahindra Thar will is expected to share the configuration of the powertrain with the 3-door version and that means it will be powered by a 2.2L mHawk diesel and 2.0L mStallion turbo-petrol engines and come mated to the same 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed torque converter automatic. The 4×4 transfer case will also be carried over. However, due to increase in length the weight on the Five-door Thar will be more and the engines will be tuned differently to make more power to handle the extra weight.
The 3-door Thar currently on sale is not that big when it comes to interior space and the rear front-facing seats can fit only two adults because the huge wheel arches take up most of the space. But with the increase in the wheelbase, the rear wheel arches will move significantly back and increase the rear seat space that will help to accommodate a wider seat for three persons. However, the increased wheelbase will affect the off-road capability as the break-over angle will be significantly reduced. A solution to that would be an increase in the ride height.
With the introduction of Five-door Mahindra Thar, Mahindra will start a new niche or a segment with no one to compete as most SUVs offered in that price range are front-wheel-drive cars with no off-road capabilities, however there is news that Suzuki is also working on 5-door version of their Jimny and bring it to India by 2022. So, what are your take on the upcoming longer version of the Thar or would you go for the Jimny LWB? Let us know below in the comments.
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