The new generation of Thar became an instant success for Mahindra when it was launched last year. It has not even been a year since the launch of Thar and people have already started customizing it according to their preferences. Some people try to modify the Thars to look like Jeep Wranglers which are much more expensive. Because of the very similar looks of both the SUVs, FCA has already filed a case against Mahindra in Australia. Having said that, here we have a new generation of Thar that has been modified to look like the Wrangler.
The video has been uploaded by YA YA V on their YouTube channel. The modifications have been done by Car Craft Studio in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The shop has done a good job in modifying the SUV as at a first glance it does resemble a lot to Wrangler which is a much more premium SUV. The modifications have been done to the exterior as well as the interior of the SUV.
At the exterior, there are new LED headlamps that have integrated turn indicators in them. The grille has also been changed with a customized grille that looks like it is from Wrangler. So, the 7-slats are finished in saying silver with the mesh also being covered in the same colour. The stock plastic bumper has been removed and a steel bumper has been installed. So, it should provide better protection while off-roading. Having said that, we do not know if the airbags sensors still work and if installing the new steel bumper has improved the approach angle. Another set of turn indicators and fog lamps has been installed in the bumper. The fog lamps have a projector setup and are running LED units.
The Thar comes with fabric seats which are easier to clean if they get dirty while off-roading. The shop has installed customized black seats with red stitching. The steering cover has also been wrapped in a unique cover. Other modifications include a ceramic coating. The shop also sells different kinds of alloy wheel designs for the Thar. The Thar in the video is still running on stock 18-inch alloy wheels. The cost of modification is not listed in the video. So, if you would have to get in touch with Car Craft Studio itself for the costs.
The model that we see in the video is a Hard Top version of Thar that has a diesel engine. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine produces 130 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 300 Nm. There is also a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine available that produces 150 PS of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. 4×4 system with a low range gearbox is offered as standard across all the variants of the Thar. Because of the immense success of the Thar, Mahindra has already started working on a more affordable version of the Thar. They are also working on a 5-door version of Thar. Both the versions are expected to launch next year.