New Gen Mahindra Thar Revealed
New Gen Mahindra Thar revealed after a long wait; new petrol and diesel engines to offer with the option of Manual and Auto transmission and 4×4 standard across all variants.
After lots of testing and waiting, Mahindra has finally unveiled the All-New Mahindra Thar in its full glory. What a great day to showcase an offroading icon on the 74th Independence Day to cheer up all the fans across the country.
- Retains the iconic retro-modern design philosophy.
- Gets powerful petrol and diesel engines.
- To get an auto transmission for the first time.
- 4×4 feature to be standard across all variants.
As claimed by Mahindra with the New Gen Thar they not only want to focus on the hardcore off-roading fans but also want to make it a more friendly everyday drive by reaching out to the new generation. No wonder by looking at the spec list the New Thar looks like a well-made recipe for both off and on-road with the modern-day creature comforts and well equipped mechanical bits and safety features. Read on to know more.
New Gen Mahindra Thar Design
The design team at Mahindra worked really well to bring up the New Thar and undoubtedly it retains the iconic design of its predecessor way back from the Mahindra’s Classic 4×4. Retains the old school Round Headlamps, 7 slot grille, Squared tail lamps, large wheel arches with a high profile all-terrain tyres- all upgraded to give the SUV a modern look.
No wonder it looks more or less like the Jeep Wrangler as both shared the same heritage. Also, the New Thar has similar Dimensions like the Wrangler. It now features LED DRLs up front and gets a new dual-tone bumper. Also, the rear tail lamps are similar in design to that of the Wrangler and are all new LED units.
The New Thar is built upon an all-new ladder-on frame chassis which is more rigid than before. Mahindra has equipped the Thar with many new bits that we will be discussing later but for now it features independent coil spring both front and rear ditching the rigid leaf spring setup from the previous generation. This makes the New Thar more capable off-roader also provides much plush ride on tarmac.
New Gen Mahindra Interior
Mahindra with the New Gen Thar had the vision to make it more daily driver with compromising its off-road capabilities, and keeping that in mind the new Thar is offered with an all-new interior that’s modern and at the same time off-road friendly.
Features creature comforts like a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, roof-mounted weather-resistant speakers, a coloured TFT MID for the instrument cluster, reverse parking sensors, steering-mounted controls for stereo and phone, cruise control and power-folding ORVMs will be part of the package.
The rear seats now can be configured for forward-facing setup with 50:50 split configuration. On the safety front, the SUV is now equipped with dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard across all variants (AX, AX Opt and LX variants), Isofix mounts, hill-start and descent control, HVAC Switch bank, also gets real-time monitoring of roll and pitch information, tyre pressure monitoring system, Cruise control, ESP with roll-over mitigation and three-point seatbelts for four passengers. Also now comes with an option to get a factory fitted hard top or soft top.
Powertrain and Transmission
The New Thar is offered with two new Engine options: The 2.0 litres mStallion Petrol motor and tried and tested 2.2 litres mHawk Diesel motor, both complying latest BS6 emission norms. The turbocharged mStallion Petrol engine produces 150 HP and 320NM of torque and will be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard also an option for 6 speed automatic.
The Diesel unit on the new Thar will produce 130HP and 300NM of torque and will also be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and an option for 6-speed automatic torque converter.
4×4 drive system will be standard across all variants, with both, the petrol and the diesel versions, along with a manual-shift transfer case. Mahindra claims the new Thar has an unladen ground clearance of 226mm, water-wading depth of 650mm, and approach, ramp-over and departure angles of 42 degrees, 27 degrees and 37 degrees, respectively that makes it more capable than before and it’s near to some premium off-orders like the Wrangler and the New Ford Bronco.
Launch And Variants
With its reveal today, the New Thar will be launched on 2nd October 2020, prices will be announced at the launch but expect it to be priced from Rs9 lakh Ex-showroom to Rs15 lakh for the well-equipped variant.
New Thar will be offered with two variants- AX and LX. The Thar AX is focused on serious off-road enthusiasts and offers the basics, like a fixed soft top(optional hard top), side-facing rear seats as standard, 16-inch steel wheels, a mechanical locking differential, power windows, power steering, a manual ac, central locking and rear parking sensors. The AX will get both engine options, but will only be available with a manual gearbox.
The Thar LX is more focused for daily driving with more creature comforts. Offered with a convertible/hard top, 4-seat layout with a front-facing rear bench as standard, dual-tone bumpers, 18-inch alloy wheels with 255/65 R18 all-terrain tyres, LED DRLs and fog lamps, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a tyre pressure monitoring system, auto AC and ESP. This version will come in petrol-auto, diesel-manual and diesel-automatic form.
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