The Thar has been a huge success for the Mahindra. You might have seen 6×6 versions of SUVs like Mercedes-Benz G Class, Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler. Now, the most famous design house of India, DC2 has made a concept of the Mahindra Thar as a 6×6 SUV.
Price quoted by DC2 for converting the regular Thar to 6×6 is Rs. 55 lakhs. Then you would also have to add 28 percent GST. So, the modification alone would cost more than Rs. 70 lakhs. Any variant of the Thar can be converted to the 6×6. However, you would have to first purchase the Thar and supply it to DC. The pricing of Thar itself starts at Rs. 12.78 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 15.08 lakhs ex-showroom. The owners would also have to get approval from RTO and complete other legalities for the 6×6 Thar then only DC would start working on the project. The modification itself would take 120 days to complete.
Almost all the body panels on the modified Thar are new. The overall look of the SUV is now a lot more rounded whereas the stock Thar is very boxy and looks rugged. The modified Thar is smoother and more aerodynamic. At the front, DC has retained Mahindra’s 6-slat grille. It looks like there is an off-road metal bumper installed that protects the vehicle while off-roading.
The headlamps are placed in rectangular housing and the bonnet is also quite flat. What’s unique is the curved windshield of the SUV. It would be interesting to see how DC would implement this. The wheel arches are squared off and they are filled with off-road tyres with chrome rims. Another thing is that there are no rearview mirrors on the sides. Instead, there are cameras that provide a view of what is coming behind.
The SUV is finished in Bronze colour but customers would be able to choose their own colour. The chassis has been extended using outriggers. This has been done to accommodate the third axle. At the rear, there is a bed that DC says can take a payload of up to 1 ton. There is also a spare tyre mounted at the rear.
The overhangs are still short so that the SUV is still capable of going off-roading. You also get a different set of LED tail lamps. The interior is also quite different from the regular Thar. It feels a lot more premium with a red and black interior. DC is using leather upholstery and even the dashboard gets soft-touch material. DC has also installed ambient lighting and there is also a touchscreen infotainment system.
Powering the Thar 6×6 in India will be the same engine options as the regular Thar. However, DC says that the 6×6 Thar is aimed towards Indian people looking in the UK. In the international markets, the 6×6 Thar could get a 4.0-litre engine from Ford. The engine would be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.