Mahindra took the market by storm when they launched the That in the Indian market. Despite being in the market for almost a year, there is a long waiting period for the Thar. People often buy the Thar as their second vehicle because they use it for adventurous activities like going camping, off-roading, overlanding etc. Well, here is a video in which we can see a Mahindra Thar drifting on a damp abandoned airstrip.
The Thar has two levers in the central console. One is for the gearbox while the other one is for the 4×4 system. There is 2H, 4H, N and 4L modes. In 2H, the SUV is rear-wheel drive and the 4H is for the all-wheel-drive without low range. Then there is N which is basically for safety so that the driver does not shift to 4L by mistake. The 4L stands for all-wheel drive with a low range for the gearbox. So, drifting is possible only when the SUV is in 2H mode.
Stunting on public roads
Stunting and performing drifts on public roads are illegal. In fact, any kind of stunt is considered illegal on public roads. People who violate this would have to pay massive fines and can even be jailed. Stunting is not only dangerous for the pedestrians using the roads but also the occupants that are sitting in the vehicle because stunting is dangerous and can end up in an accident.
This is the reason that in the video we can see that people are performing stunts on an abandoned airstrip. Some people also use race tracks for practising stunts while other uses open farmhouses where there is enough space, no pedestrians and minimum risk of getting hurt.
The Thar is now offered in two engine options. There is a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine that is turbocharged and also comes with direct injection. You can also get a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. Gearbox options include a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox for both engines. The 4×4 drivetrain comes as standard with both engines.
The petrol engine puts out 150 PS of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. If you opt for the automatic transmission, then the torque output is increased to 320 Nm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, produces 130 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 300 Nm.
Unlike the previous Thar, the new generation is quite safe. It has scored 4 stars in the Global NCAP crash test. It comes with Electronic Stability Program, Roll Over Mitigation, Anti-lock braking system, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, seat belt reminders, dual airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Panic Braking Signal and High-Speed Alert. Moreover, Mahindra also offers a factory-fitted roll cage.
You can get the Thar as a hard-top and a soft-top convertible from the factory. There are two variants of the SUV. There is AX Opt and LX. The AX Opt is for the people who will be going off-roading a lot. So, it comes with 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl seats, snow chain provision for the tyres, washable interior, removable roof interiors and much more. The LX variant is more for daily usage. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, electric adjustment for ORVMs, coloured multi-information display, fabric seats etc.