One of the most anticipated launches from Mahindra this year was Thar. Like its previous generation model, the new gen Thar also received good response from customers. In fact, the demand for the SUV is so high that Thar is already sold out till May 2021. Mahindra is now planning to increase the production to meet the demand. Earlier this month, Mahindra sent Thar to Global NCAP test crash test and it scored 4 star rating for both adult and occupants. Soon after the test results were out, there was news that the Mahindra will be discontinuing the 6-seater version of Thar as it is less safer than the 4-seater version. Now, Mahindra has officially discontinued the 6-seater version from the line up.
Mahindra has now released an updated brochure for new Thar in which they have removed the AX standard (6-seater) trim completely. This means, from now on, Mahindra Thar will only be available as a 4-seater SUV. The rear passengers will also get front facing seats with proper seat belts which is a lot more safer than the bench seats.
As soon as the results were out, Mahindra had stopped accepting bookings for the 6-seater AX model as LX was more in demand. With the new NCAP results in place, it was pretty clear that Mahindra was planning to dump the 6-seater version. Here is the new brochure scan, in which the base variant with side facing seats is totally absent. Instead, Mahindra will offer four front facing seats in the AX Opt trim.
Mahindra Thar would have received a 5-star rating but, the driver side foot well area was rated unstable (not dangerous) during the test. That is the only reason, it received a 4-star rating. Mahindra has equipped Thar with safety features like ABS with EBD, dual airbags, seat belt reminder, ISOFIX child seat mounts on the rear seats, Overspeed warning, panic braking signal and passenger airbag deactivation switch. The higher LX variant also gets anti-theft alarm, speed sensing front door locks, stability program and Roll-over mitigation.
Mahindra Thar as mentioned above, is an all-new vehicle in every sense. It is now based on an all-new platform which makes it wider and longer than the older version. It looks a lot more matured and premium. The built quality of the Thar has also improved over the years. It now offers features like LED DRLs, alloy wheels, company fitted hard top and convertible soft top options along with regular soft top.
On the inside, it gets features like drizzle resistant touchscreen infotainment screen and roof mounted speakers, multi steering wheel, AC, well cushioned seats and so on. As it is loner and wider, it offers a lot more space on the inside. Mahindra Thar is now available with two engine options – turbo petrol and turbo diesel. The petrol version is powered by a 2.0 litre mStallion turbocharged unit that generates 150 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque.
The diesel variant is powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk turbo diesel engine generating 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. Both petrol and diesel versions come with 4×4 transfer case and is available with manual and automatic gearbox options. Price for the New Thar start at Rs 9.80 lakh but, with AX standard model removed, prices would now start at Rs 11.90 lakh, ex-showroom from AX(O).