Mahindra Thar is one of the most talked about SUV in the market currently. It received an overwhelming response from customers when it got launched last year. Mahindra Thar is so popular that it currently has a waiting period as long as an year on it. Mahindra Thar is currently the most affordable 4×4 SUV one can buy in the country. Due to rising demand, Mahindra had earlier stopped accepting booking for the base AX trims. It looks like Mahindra has now resumed booking for the base AX model once again.
As per the updated dealer’s price list, the base AX variant is also seen in the list. It should be noted that Mahindra Thar listed in the price list is a 6-seater version. Mahindra introduced 6-seat layout only in the base AX trims. The higher AX(O) and LX trims were all available in 4-seat formats.
Mahindra had sent the 4-seater Thar to Global NCAP crash test and it had scored 4-star rating which was good for a car in this segment.
With base AX trim being relaunched, Mahindra light loose its safety rating as bench seats offer less protection to occupants and children when compared with 4-seater version. 6-seater version does not offer three pointe seat belts for rear passenger and also misses out on Isofix child seat mounts. As per the price list, Mahindra Thar AX standard 6-seater version is priced at Rs 10.68 lakh, ex-showroom and 11.53 lakh, ex-showroom for petrol MT and diesel MT respectively. The AX trim is available with soft top only.
Mahindra Thar AX trims misses out on many features that is available in the top-end LX trim. AX trim comes with steel rims and does not get multi-function steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment screen, roof mounted speakers and so on. It does come with power windows, manual AC, dual front airbags, central locking, ABS and EBD and so on. Mahindra Thar is available 4×4 as standard across the range.
Mahindra has not officially put out a word about bringing back the base AX variant in the market. Mahindra Thar has improved a lot in terms of build quality and looks and that is one of the reason why, it became so popular in such short span of time. Mahindra Thar is a capable 4×4 SUV and we have seen several off-road videos on the internet with all-new Mahindra Thar in it.
Mahindra offered features like company fitted hard top, touchscreen system and many other features that were missing from the older version. Mahindra Thar is available with both petrol and diesel engine. The petrol version is powered by a 2.0 litre mStallion turbocharged engine that generates 150 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque. The diesel version is powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk turbocharged engine that generates 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. In base AX model, both engines are available with 6-speed manual gearbox only. The higher trims get automatic transmission options. Mahindra is also working on the XUV700 and next-gen Scorpio. XUV700 is expected to be launched in the market later this year while the Scorpio will be launched next year.