Mahindra launched the Thar 700 last month and has priced the vehicle at Rs. 9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The suffix in Thar 700 suggests that this series will be the last 700 units of the Thar CRDe that Mahindra will produce and sell in India. After the Thar 700 is sold out, the current generation Thar series will go out of production and hence the Thar 700 can also be considered as a collector’s item. Each of the 700 units will carry a plaque with a signature of Anand Mahindra himself. Let’s now take a look at the video below which shows how the Thar 700 is made on the assembly line along with other interesting details.
As seen in the video, the whole process of assembling the body, fitting the ladder frame chassis on the body along with the engine assembly, the process of wheel fitment and detailing work among others have been shown in the short clip. Also show are the original CJ-3 series Jeeps which were the first vehicles to be made by Mahindra under license from Jeep. To let you know, the Thar 700 will be the last in the long line of similarly designed vehicles which carried the CJ DNA in them since the next-generation model will be based on an all-new platform quite different from the current generation models.
Talking about the Thar 700, it comes with a slew of changes that justify its special edition status. The Thar 700 is also quite an attractive option for buyers who love the legendary Jeep shape, and the rugged, mechanical purity that the first generation Thar offers. Bookings are now open at all Mahindra dealerships across India and also online at MahindraSYouV. The Thar 700 will be available in two colours: Aquamarine Blue and Napoli Black. It comes with several changes over the regular Thar which includes stylized 5-spoke alloy wheels and decals on the side and bonnet.
Other changes on the Thar 700 include a black finish on the grille, silver finish on the front bumper, leatherette upholstery with THAR logo on the front seats along with anti-lock braking system (ABS). As already mentioned, each of the 700 units will carry a plaque with a signature of Anand Mahindra, something that can also be seen in the video. Powering the Thar 700 is the same 2.5-litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that churns out 105 Bhp of power along with 247 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The next-generation Thar is already under advanced stages development and has been spied testing a number of times till now. It will be powered by a more powerful 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine with power output in the range of around 140 Bhp. The new-gen Thar will also be loaded with features such as front-facing seat, a hardtop variant option, touchscreen infotainment system, and power windows among others.