Mahindra Thar 4X2 waiting period is now beyond 1 year

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Since its launch in January 2023, the Thar RWD has experienced tremendous success in India. With its more affordable price point, the Mahindra Thar RWD has become a top choice for buyers seeking the rugged appeal of the Thar without the luxury of four-wheel drive. The popularity of the Thar RWD is evident by the current waiting period, which extends up to 17 months.

Mahindra Thar 4X2 waiting period is now beyond 1 year

The diesel variant of the Mahindra Thar RWD, equipped with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, commands a waiting period of 17 months. In contrast, the petrol version of the Thar RWD has a significantly shorter waiting period of just one month. This indicates a higher demand for the diesel variant, despite the petrol version offering more power but lesser efficiency.

The Thar RWD diesel is available in two variants and features a smaller 1.5-litre diesel engine, as opposed to the larger and more powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine found in the Thar 4WD diesel. While the 2.2-litre diesel engine in the Thar 4WD delivers 130 PS, the smaller 1.5-litre diesel engine in the Thar RWD generates a maximum power of 118 PS. Surprisingly, both diesel engines have the same peak torque output of 300 Nm.

Thar 4X2 launched to capture more customers

Unlike the Thar 4WD diesel, which offers both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Thar RWD diesel is solely available with a 6-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the Thar RWD petrol shares its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged mStallion petrol engine with the Thar 4WD petrol, delivering the same power and torque output of 150 PS and 300 Nm, respectively. The Thar 4WD petrol is exclusively equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, although the Thar 4WD petrol can be chosen with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Naturally, the Mahindra Thar RWD lacks some of the off-road capabilities found in the Thar 4WD, which features a four-wheel-drive system and a manually-operated 4×4 transfer case. However, the Thar RWD does come with a manual locking differential, allowing for decent crawling abilities on rough terrains, although not as seamless as the 4WD version. Additionally, while the 4WD variants of the Thar are offered in both hard-top and convertible body styles, the RWD version is limited to the hard-top body style.

Jimny launching soon

Maruti Suzuki is going to launch the all-new Jimny soon in the Indian market. The new off-roading vehicle will be launched in the market next month and is likely to take away a major chunk of sales from the Thar. Even though Maruti Suzuki Jimny is likely to command a high waiting period, it will likely stay much lower than the Thar. Also Read: Maruti Jimny Vs Mahindra Thar Vs Force Gurkha: Who should buy what and price comparison