Mahindra Thar is a big hit in the Indian market. The homegrown manufacturer has dispatched 30,000 units of the Thar and they already have around 75,000 bookings of the new Thar. People love to customize their Thars. Here, we have a Thar whose cabin has been modified to a rally cabin.
The modifications have been done by VIN 4×4 and the images are shared on their Instagram page. The shop has done a commendable job because the modification looks very neat and it does not look like it has been done by an after-market shop. The cost of the modification is not mentioned in the Instagram post.
It seems like first the rear seats of the Thar were removed and then they were replaced by the rally cabin. VIN has also installed a rear roll cage to protect the occupants inside the SUV in case the Thar rolls over. There are LED spotlights placed to lighten up the surroundings while off-roading.
The shop has also replaced the stock headlights for LED units. Additional brake lights have been installed on the rear bumper. To provide more protection while off-roading, underbody protection has been installed by the modification shop. There are also rock sliders on the sides of the SUV. There is also an off-road spec front bumper with tow hooks and fog lamps.
The price of Thar starts at Rs. 12.78 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 15.08 lakhs ex-showroom. As of now, it only competes against the Force Gurkha which costs Rs. 13.59 lakhs ex-showroom and comes with a lot less equipment.
Mahindra offers the Thar with a factory fitted hardtop or a convertible soft top. The previous-gen Thar was offered only as a soft-top due to which people would use to get the hardtop fitted from the after-market shops.
There are various advantages of the hard-top. It is more durable, easier to clean than a soft top and it is easier to maintain. However, the biggest advantage of a hardtop is that it provides better protection from the environment. Sun and rain cannot affect your cargo or occupants. Also, you can mount a proper roof rack on it.
Mahindra is offering Thar with a petrol engine as well as a diesel engine. Petrol engine is a 2.0-litre unit that produces 150 PS of max power and 300/320 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine is a 2.2-litre unit that produces 150 PS of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. Both engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
It comes with a 4×4 drivetrain as standard. There is also a low range gearbox with 4 High, 4 Low and 2 High modes. Mahindra has also reworked the ladder frame chassis and has given a new suspension setup to the Thar to improve the ride quality and driving dynamics.