Malayalam movie star Kalidas Jayaram has just picked up a macho Mahindra Thar, and the actor shared the picture of his latest acquisition on Instagram. It’s pretty rare for movie stars to buy humble cars, especially something as bare basic as the Mahindra Thar. While there have been occasions where some movie stars, such as Nana Patekar and Mammootty, have been seen in Jeeps, the Thar is yet to really take off among the swish set. Why, even the much more luxurious and expensive Jeep Wrangler has yet to find a place in celebrity garages across India although the rich and famous are frequently seen in the big daddy of all off-roaders sold in India – the Mercedes Benz G63 AMG.
Coming back to the Mahindra Thar and what it offers, the off-roader is sold in two basic trims – DI and CRDe. While the DI variants are available with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive layouts, the CRDe trim is a 4X4 only. The DI variants of the Thar use a 2.5-litre common rail turbocharged diesel engine tuned to put out 63 Bhp-180 Nm. The CRDe variants are a lot more powerful, with a 2.5-litre turbocharged common rail diesel engine with 105 Bhp-247 Nm outputs. Both the DI and CRDe trims get 5-speed manual gearboxes as standard, along with a Borg Warner 4-wheel drive transfer case with low and high ratios on the 4X4 model.
The DI is more spartan, with the only real driver aid being the recently introduced power steering feature. The CRDe is relatively a lot more luxurious and well-finished. It offers power steering and air conditioning as standard. The dashboard is built much better and there are bucket seats for the driver and co-passenger. The CRDe variant of the Thar also gets better fit and finish levels all around, with stronger, wider axles. It also benefits from a Eaton mechanical locking differential (MLD) that makes off roading more effective. The Mahindra Thar CRDe starts from Rs. 8.72 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The Mahindra Thar DI is a lot more cheaper, with prices starting from Rs. 6.45 lakh.