Mahindra as we all know has been launching successful product one after the other for the past couple of years. This year it was the all-new Scorpio N, which was one of the most anticipated model from the manufacturer. Mahindra also announced that they will be launching a 5-door version of Mahindra Thar in the market next year. fully camouflaged 5-door Mahindra Thar SUVs have been spotted testing on our roads several times. New pictures have now surfaced online that show some of the styling changes that would differentiate the 3-door Thar from the more practical 5-door version.
The recently leaked images show the side profile of a Mahindra Thar 5-door SUV that is currently being tested. It looks slightly different from the ones that we have seen in the past. The clear images of the test mule reveal that the SUV is definitely longer and is simply not an extended version of the 3-door version. The Mahindra Thar 5-door SUV spotted version gets a longer wheelbase. The wheel arch on this SUV is different from the one that we see on the 3-door version. The wheel arches look squared out and the alloy wheel design on the test mule also looks different.
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A foorbaord can be seen on the test mule and a portion of the rear wheel arch is actually integrated with the second row door just like what we saw in Scorpio N. Mahindra is unlikely to offer multiple roof options with the 5-door Thar. It is most likely to come with a metal roof option with some removable panels for an open jeep experience. It could either be metal or plastic hard top like we saw in the 3-door version. The resemblance with previous generation Jeep Wrangler is something that cannot be ignored on this SUV. The front-end of the SUV is expected to get some changes that would differentiate it from the 3-door SUV. Similarly the rear would also get minor updates.
On the inside, Mahindra Thar 5-door would offer more features than the 3-door SUV. Mahindra might offer a bigger touchscreen infotainment system, premium speaker system, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, airbags, ABS, EBD, rear parking camera and sensors and so on. Mahindra is also expected to offer features like all four disc brakes, low-range transfer case, mechanical locking diffs at rear and electrically locking diff at the front. Coming to the engine and gearbox option. Mahindra will be using the same petrol and diesel engine as 3-door model.
The 2.0 litre mStallion turbo petrol and 2.2 litre mHawk turbo diesel engine will be tuned differently for the 5-door version. Both the engine options will be offered with a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission option. We expect both petrol and diesel options to come with 4×4 as standard feature just like 3-door Thar. Mahindra Thar 5-door when launched, will compete with cars like Force Gurkha 5-door and much awaited Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door. The 5-door Thar will be slightly expensive than the 3-door version.
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