There is no doubt that the all-new Mahindra Thar has become the talk of the town and there is almost no one who is not interesting in the all-new SUV. With Mahindra starting the deliveries of the all-new Thar during the festive season, there are a few of them that can be spotted on the roads too. However, there are still many who want to know the off-roading capabilities of the all-new Thar. Most of the reviews on the social media platforms are about making the Thar jump and make it do things that most of the owners will not ever attempt with their vehicle. Well, here is a video that shows Mahindra Thar’s off-road capabilities in the real world. The Thar has not been modified with aftermarket tyres and this is straight from the dealership.
This is the hardtop variant of the Mahindra Thar, which is a new addition to the line-up. This particular variant is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 132 PS and peak torque of 320 Nm. You can also choose a petrol engine with all-new Thar. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 152 PS and peak torque of 320 Nm. Both the engine options get a manual and an automatic transmission. The one in this Thar is a manual transmission.
The off-roading starts at 13 minutes. This is red soil, which is quite soft. The first obstacle that they try on the all-new Thar diesel is a steep incline. In the first attempt, they get stuck after making the initial approach. However, they do it again and could go all the way through. The driver says that the vehicle would have performed much better if it had better tyres and we agree with that statement.
They then take the all-new Thar an off-road trail and take it through puddles and water crossings too. He explains that the suspension is stiffer so that the vehicle does not roll over while doing “drifts”. They did not take the car to more difficult situations like slush since there was no backup vehicle. It is a decision that every off-roader should follow. If you think that the vehicle can get stuck somewhere, do not go there until there is a rescue vehicle.
Nonetheless, talking about the off-roading capabilities of the all-new Thar, it has become much capable than the previous generation model, especially because of its all-new chassis and platform. Mahindra has also worked to improve the front and rear overhang of the vehicle to give it a better approach and departure angle. In the Mahindra Thar, the approach angle is now 42 degree, the departure angle is now 37 degree and breakover angle is now 27 degree. It gets a ground clearance of 226mm, depending on the variant. Also, Mahindra claims a water wading capacity of massive 625mm, and with an aftermarket attachment like a snorkel, it can be much more that.