Mahindra has finally unveiled the all-new Thar in the Indian market today. The iconic SUV was first launched in 2010 and since then Mahindra did not update the car for long. Mahindra started developing the all-new Thar four years ago. Mahindra says that the all-new Thar keeps the distinctive DNA of the Thar but gets all-new features and becomes much more comfortable.
The all-new Mahindra Thar is bigger compared to the last-generation model. It is built on third-generation ladder frame chassis. The vehicle looks much more intimidating on the roads. The cabin is also much wider than the first-generation Thar. The vehicle comes with 18-inch tyres and longer wheelbase giving a much aggressive stance.
The all-new Mahindra Thar sits much higher than the first generation of the SUV. It gives a commanding view of the road. Also, the hood has been redesigned to meet the pedestrian protection laws in India. Also, the suspension has been redesigned completely to make it capable on the off-roading tracks. However, there is no information comparing the capability of the older Thar and the newer version.
The SUV will be available in two series – AX and LX. The AX variants will be focussed on the customers who want to focus on adventurous trails and the LX series for the customers who want a luxurious cabin. The AX series will come with features like a fixed soft top, 6-seats (2 front + 4 side facing rear), 16-inch wheels, steel footsteps, mechanical differential locks, power steering with power windows, automatic climate control system and more. It will come with an optional pack like a convertible top or hardtop. Front-facing rear seats with a roll cage, height-adjustable driver seat. This series is available with both petrol and diesel options and both get manual transmission options.
The LX series comes with creature comfort features. You can get it with convertible or hardtop option and there is an option of only four seats. It also gets dual-tone bumpers, moulded footsteps, R18 alloy wheels, LED DRLs, touchscreen infotainment system, adventure stats & adventure calendar, electronic AC controls, ESP, brake locking differentials. This series is only available with diesel with manual and automatic options and petrol with automatic transmission.
For the first time, Mahindra will use a petrol engine with the Thar. There is a 2.0-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 150 Bhp and a peak torque of 320 Nm. The diesel variants of the Mahindra Thar will come with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 130 Bhp and peak torque of 300 Nm.
The all-new Thar will be available in six colour options. The bookings for the car will start on 2nd October and that’s when the prices will be announced too.