Mahindra has recalled 1,577 units of Thar diesel because that has been affected by a faulty camshaft. The Thar’s that have been built between September 7 to December 25, has been recalled by the manufacturer. The reason behind the recall is due to a machine setting error at the camshaft supplier’s plant which could have affected some of the diesel engines of the 2020 Thar. Mahindra is contacting the owners of the diesel Thar’s that were produced during these periods. The authorised service centre will be inspecting the vehicle and will rectify the issue if the problem is found. Mahindra will be taking no charge for this and according to the owners, the service centre needs two days to rectify the issue.
Mahindra and Mahindra said “A machine setting error at the supplier’s plant, on specific dates, may have affected camshafts in some engines of the diesel Thar. Keeping with the company’s stringent quality standards and exercising abundant caution, Mahindra has proactively engaged in this limited recall and offered inspection and subsequent rectification, free of cost. The Thar customers will be individually contacted by the company. As an endeavour to ensure a hassle-free experience for its customers, the company is proactively carrying out this activity. This action is also in compliance with SIAM’s voluntary code on vehicle recall.”
The 2.2-litre diesel engine of the Thar produces 132 hp of max power and a peak torque output of 300 Nm. The diesel engine is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. For the first time, there is also a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection mStallion petrol engine available with the Thar that produces 152 hp of max power and a peak torque output of 300 Nm if you get the 6-speed manual gearbox and 320 Nm if you get the 6-speed automatic torque converter automatic gearbox. The shift on fly 4×4 drivetrain with a low range is standard across all the variants of the Thar. There are also rumours that Mahindra might launch a more powerful version of the Thar with a new engine known as mStallion Pro which will put out 180 hp and will increase the top speed from 150 kmph to 180 kmph.
Speaking of the equipment level on offer, Mahindra has packed in a lot of features in the Thar. It now comes with automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, multi-information display, LED Daytime Running Lamps, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It now also comes with proper 2 front-facing rear seats for the occupants. So, it can now be used as the only daily driver vehicle in your garage. The interior of the Thar is also washable and you can also remove the roof panels and the doors if you are going for an off-road adventure.
Mahindra 2020 Thar is a huge success for the manufacturer. There is still a long waiting period of around 10 months, depending on the variant and colour you choose. Mahindra Thar starts from Rs. 12.10 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way upto Rs. 14.15 lakhs ex-showroom.