Mahindra is one manufacturer that has, more often than not, pushed its concepts into production. The Thar Daybreak edition, which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, made it to production later that year. And now, it’s the turn of the Thar Wanderlust, which is basically the latest Thar-based mod-job. It broke covers at the 2018 Auto Expo and you can finally buy it officially for a rather steep Rs 13.80 lakh plus a donor Thar CRDe.
What is the Wanderlust edition all about?
The Wanderlust is essentially a highly modified Thar that looks more modern, meaner, and even hotter than the regular Thar. Basically, the Wanderlust edition borrows all the good bits of the Daybreak edition and carries some new elements that make the whole concept a lot more practical to live with. The party trick is the gullwing-style doors, which help you easily access the rear seats. No, the tailgate doesn’t open anymore.
The exterior of the Wanderlust Edition has been painted in electric blue matte paint shade that makes this Thar look a lot louder. Most of the body panels are new and come together really well to bestow upon this machine a new identity. It rides on huge 33-inch tires draped around steel wheels with a negative offset. The new front grille has a brushed silver finish while the headlamps carry LED fixtures. You also have custom fenders and a sculpted hood to jazz up things a fair bit.
The bumpers are also new and are finished in the same shade of silver. The front bumper also gets a winch to complete the off-roader look. Moreover, the Wanderlust gets a hard top to make sure you don’t have to brave the harsh sun or too much dust when off-roading. Other features include top-mounted wing mirrors, twin exhausts, a snorkel, and a bonnet-mounted high lift. You also get a couple of jerry cans at the rear.
The interior gets a beige colour theme, which makes it look airy. You also get a Pioneer touchscreen music system with the display for the reverse parking camera. Getting in through the gull-wing doors isn’t very easy and the space for rear passengers isn’t anything to write home about. At the front, you get two leather-clad racing seats from Sparco and five-point safety belts.
Engine remains totally unchanged
Mechanically, the Thar Wanderlust remains totally unchanged. It continues to draw power from a 2.5-litre CRDe turbo diesel engine that outputs 105 Bhp of max. power and 247 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. You get a two-wheel drive and a four-wheel drive mode. The rear axle gets a mechanical locking differential while the transfer case gets low and high ratios. All this makes the Wanderlust pretty capable off the road.
What does it take to get one?
You’ll need a donor Thar CRDe and as much as Rs 13.80 lakhs (excluding taxes) to get yourself the Wanderlust. Existing Thar owners can also opt for this kit and will have to send their vehicles to Mahindra’s customization division in Mumbai. The customization division takes three to six months to complete the mod job.