Mahindra Thar is currently the most affordable proper 4×4 SUV in the Indian market. It is selling like hotcakes and people love it for its design, road presence and off-road capabilities. Mahindra is selling the Thar with petrol as well as a diesel engine. Here, we have a rendering of the Thar with an electric powertrain.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by Bimble Designs who is also the designer behind the electric Thar.
It is important to note that this is just a rendering based on the imagination of the artist. Mahindra has not announced an electric version of the Thar. However, according to media reports, they are considering an electric vehicle on a body-on-frame chassis.
We can see that the design language of the Thar EV is very similar to the Thar that comes with an internal combustion engine. So, the designer has been able to keep the essence of the original Thar. The first thing that anyone would notice is the tyres. They are the off-road spec tyres that are much larger than the stock Thar. Because of this, the wheel arches have also been extended. There is a bumper guard installed in the front with a light bar.
The grille is modified, it is closed now because there is no internal combustion engine then it does not need cooling. The headlamps are LED units and have integrated LED Daytime Running Lamps. The body is finished in grey colour and the doors are blacked-out. On the roof, there is an LED light bar placed that will lighten up the surroundings ahead while off-roading.
There is a roof rack placed on the top that can help in storing stuff. It is a hard top which means that the interior will be protected from the exterior environment. The rear is also unmistakenly Thar. It gets similar rectangular tail lamps that are LED units. The rear bumper is also blacked-out and have reflectors and additional lights.
Mahindra launching XUV300 EV next year
The homegrown manufacturer might be late to the EV game but they will soon be entering the segment with a new mid-size SUV. They showcased the electric version of the XUV300 at the Auto Expo 2020 and it was expected that they will launch it in the Indian market.
However, according to recent development, Mahindra will be launching a 4.2-metre electric SUV. It will no longer be a compact SUV. The new SUV was supposed to go against the Tata Nexon EV but now we do know that the electric SUV will be larger than the Nexon EV.
This also means that the upcoming SUV is designed differently than the XUV300 so that it is easier to differentiate it. It is expected that Mahindra will be offering two variants of the XUV300 EV. There will be a regular version and a long-range version. The regular version is expected to have a driving range of 200 km whereas the long-range version can have a driving range of 375 km on a single charge.