Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, the Prince of Udaipur, and a major jeep fan has taken delivery of India’s first ‘accessorized’ all-new Mahindra Thar. Mr. Mewar also owns the previous generation Thar. Last year, he took delivery of the Thar Limited Edition, of which only 700 units were produced. Other Mahindra cars he owns include another Thar acquired a few years ago and the Alturas G4 luxury SUV, which he acquired quite recently. The prince was recently seen driving the new Thar.
Customer deliveries of the all-new Mahindra Thar commence during this weekend, and no less than 500 Thar SUVs will be delivered across India over the weekend. Last week, Mahindra delivered India’s very first Thar, which was auctioned for charity. Akash Minda, who bid Rs. 1.11 crore for the all-new Thar, took delivery of a copper coloured model. Prices of the Thar start from Rs. 9.8 lakh, ex-showroom India.
The all-new Thar is the second generation version of the off-roader, and was launched on the 2nd of October, 2020. The off-roader sits on the next-generation Mahindra Scorpio platform, which will underpin the new SUV. The 2020 Thar is a massive improvement over the outgoing model in many areas. It gets a factory fitted hard-top, a convertible soft top and soft top trims while the older Thar was available only with one option: a factory standard soft-top. The automatic variants of the Thar are also seeing high demand, and potential buyers occasionally complain on Mahindra Thar Facebook groups and Twitter about lack of availability of enough test drive vehicles.
The new Thar has already fired up Mahindra fans, and we can see it in the bookings for the SUV. Booking numbers have already crossed 20,000 and some variants of the 2020 Thar have waiting periods that extend up to 7 months. On social media, we can see aspiring Thar owners complaining, occasionally, about the extended waiting periods. We hear that Mahindra is considering boosting production capacity by fifty per cent due to the high demand. Most of the interest in the vehicle seems to be thanks to the glowing reviews for the Thar, and its increased, though not perfect, practicality. A Thar can finally be a daily driver at least for a niche group, such as those who drive alone or are just a couple, or even a couple with kids. It is, however, not an ideal daily drive vehicle for those families which have three or four adults.
The new Thar also gets multiple engine and transmission options. Engines on offer include the 2 liter-4 cylinder mStallion turbocharged petrol engine with 150 Bhp-320 Nm (300 Nm on the manual) and the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbocharged diesel engine with 130 Bhp-300 Nm outputs. Both engines get 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. A four wheel drive transfer case with low and high ratios, and a shift-on-the-fly function is standard across all variants of the Thar, and this is what gives the SUV it’s outstanding off road abilities.
The all-new Thar is also equipped with a range of safety features and creature comforts. Twin airbags, ABS, ESP, roll over mitigation, anti-roll bar, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill hold, hill descent control, automatic climate control, mechanical locking differential, brake locking differential, traction control, cruise control, reverse parking sensors, touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity. Android Auto, Apple SmartPlay and roof mounted speakers.
There are rumours of a 5-door Thar that are doing the rounds. That, if it happens, will make the Thar more attractive to a larger segment of the buyers. There is no official confirmation about this though, despite the high interest shown in artists’ renders of 5-door Thars on automobile websites.