A few days ago pictures of the damaged bonnet of the all-new Thar is doing rounds online. While no one knows the truth behind those pictures, another owner of the 2020 Mahindra Thar has now made a video explaining what is exactly wrong with the all-new Thar’s bonnet and how it can be extremely dangerous while driving.
The owner of the new Thar has put the video on his YouTube channel. He explains that the all-new Mahindra Thar come with two latches on the side of the bonnet that add a classy look to the design but they are not very strong to keep the hood down at high speed. The Mahindra Thar has a main latch under the hood that is similar to most of the other cars available in the market. There is a remote lever on the right side of the steering column that one can pull to unlock the hood. Then the two latches on the sides need to be opened before you can access the engine bay.
The problem is that when you open the hood using the release lever inside the vehicle, it does not move or show any sign that it is now unlocked. You cannot lock the main latch without opening the hood and banging it back in place. However, some times, you can forget that you pulled the boot release lever and not open the boot, which means that the main lock remains unlocked.
How can that be bad?
The latches on the side do hold the hood down but they are not very strong. The person who made the video said that after he took the delivery of the vehicle from Mahindra Authorised Service Centre and was driving down the road. At about 80 km/h, the latches gave away and the bonnet opened to hit the windscreen frame. The owner said that the windshield did not break but the bonnet did get damaged. He got the bonnet repaired from a local denting and painting shop who matched the colour quite well. The owner also added that he could save the vehicle from any major accident because of his experience of over 20 years in driving. However, it could have turned very bad.
The 2020 Mahindra Thar does not have any warning sign or door ajar warning lamp in the instrument cluster. Without such a warning sign or any other way to indicate that the main latch of the bonnet is not locked, it can turn out to be a disaster sooner than later. The owner urged the other Thar owners and even Mahindra to find a solution to this problem and save others.
2020 Mahindra Thar
Launched in the Indian market last year, the all-new has become extremely popular in India. Due to the high demand for the vehicle, there is a waiting period of months on the all-new Thar. A few customers even have got the waiting period of several months. Mahindra announced that they will increase the production of the all-new Thar but no positive impact can be seen on the waiting periods yet. Instead, Mahindra posted that they have received more than 6,500 bookings on the new Thar in December 2020. Mahindra will launch all-new XUV500 and the all-new Scorpio later this year in India.