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Fully accessorized all-new 2020 Mahindra Thar gets a traditional welcome at Prince of Udaipur’s Palace

The all-new 2020 Mahindra Thar off road SUV has now found its way into the Udaipur Palace Garage. The off roader, which was handed over to Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar by Dr. Pawan Goenka a few weeks ago, has been formally inducted to the palace garage after an elaborate ceremony. And the induction was captured on video, which was recently released by the royal family of Udaipur. Here, take a look.

Notably, Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of the Udaipur royal family is a car enthusiast with a wide collection of cars, which includes exotics such as the Bentley Continental as well a humble cars such as the previous generation Mahindra Thar. In fact, the prince is a Mahindra fan, and also owns the Alturas G4 luxury SUV, apart from the latest generation, 2020 Thar. The prince took a test drive of the 2020 Mahindra Thar recently, and came back quite impressed.

He is one of the first celebrity owners of the new Thar, which we expect will find its way into the garages of many Indian celebrities in the coming days. A massive success for Mahindra right from the word go, the 2nd generation Thar has garnered over 30,000 bookings, and is essentially sold out till the May of 2021 although Mahindra continues to take orders for the higher trims of the off roader.

Waiting periods for the all-new Mahindra Thar range between 4-8 months depending on the variant chosen and the customer’s position in the waiting list. To reduce waiting times, Mahindra plans to boost production of the all-new Thar from January 2021. Current monthly production stands at 2,000 units, which is expected to be boosted to 3,000 units from early next year. The 2020 Thar is built alongside the Scorpio at Mahindra’s Nashik manufacturing facility. The off roader shares its platform with the Scorpio, which is also due for a generation change sometime next year.

A dramatic step up over the first generation Mahindra Thar, the new model gets more powerful engines, more gearbox options, choices of factory fitted soft, hard and convertible tops, a gamut of safety equipment, better road manners and interiors that are a lot more livable. The all-new Thar is sold with two engine options: a 2.0 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine putting out 148 Bhp-320 Nm and a 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 130 Bhp-300 Nm on tap. Both engines get 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. A four wheel drive transfer case with shift-on-the-fly facility, and low and high ranges, is standard on all variants of the Thar. The array of safety equipment on offer in the top-end trims of the 2020 Mahindra Thar include twin airbags, ABS, ESP, traction control, speed alerts, seat belt reminder, hill hold, hill descent control, electronic locking differential, cruise control and reverse parking sensors. Prices of the all-new Thar start from Rs 9.8 lakh, making it the most affordable 4X4 SUV on sale in the Indian market.