Mahindra Thar is a huge success since first went on sale on October 2nd of 2020. As we know that the SUV in huge demand since the beginning. The manufacturer just reported that the 2020 Thar has received more than 39,000 bookings since October 2nd. In January 2021 alone, the SUV received 6,000 bookings. At a media event, the manufacturer revealed that the SUV Thar is receiving 200 to 250 bookings every day. That is a lot of numbers per day depicting how successful the Thar has become. Mahindra also said that the over 45 percent bookings were made for the automatic variants of the Thar.
This is one of the biggest reasons for the success of the Thar. Automatic transmissions have become very popular lately, people like the convenience of one-pedal driving when they are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. The cherry on top is that the automatic transmission is offered with diesel as well as a petrol engine. Speaking of the petrol engine, this is the first time that the Thar has been offered with a petrol engine. The petrol engine has brought in a lot of new customers towards the Thar. On the previous generation, the diesel engine was quite old, noisy and then there were the pollution constraints that people considered. However, the new petrol engine is known for its smoothness and linear power delivery. The Thar is now also more practical than ever. Despite being a 3-door off-roader SUV, it comes with proper front-facing rear seats in which the occupants can be comfortable and still you have a little bit of boot space. Mahindra also re-worked the ladder-frame chassis and the suspension setup so now the Thar also rides and handles better. Due to which it can now be the only car in your garage that can be your daily driver as well as a fun off-roader.
Mahindra delivered 3,100 units of Thar to the dealers in January 2021 which is highest since its launch. Mahindra did not expect such an overwhelming response from the Thar due to which they were facing supply chain issues and they have already increased the production. But still, the waiting period of the Thar is around 10 months, depending on the variant and colour you opt for. More recently, 1,577 units of diesel Thar were recalled because of camshaft issues. The vehicles that were built between September 7 and December 25 have been affected by the issue. Mahindra is contacting the owners of the vehicles and rectifying the issue at the authorized service centre free of charge. You can read more about the issue by clicking here.
Powering the Thar is a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 152 hp of max power and a peak torque output of 300 Nm or 320 Nm if you opt for the automatic transmission. You get a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The diesel engine produces 132 hp of max power and a peak torque output of 300 Nm. The engine is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4×4 system with low range is offered as standard across all the variants. Mahindra Thar starts from Rs. 12.10 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way upto Rs. 14.15 lakhs ex-showroom.