Mahindra Thar is one of the most popular 4×4 SUV in the market currently. It was launched in the market last year and it quickly became popular for its looks, features and off-road capabilities. Demand for Thar is rising and currently there is a waiting period as long as an year on this SUV. It is currently the most affordable 4×4 SUV one can buy in India and we have seen several off-road, review and modification videos of the same on internet. Here we have a video that shows how capable the all-new Thar actually is.
The video has been uploaded by a seller from Bengia Gungma on his YouTube channel. The video is from Arunachal Pradesh and in this video, a Mahindra Thar soft top convertible version is being driven on a rough and slippery track. The conditions are actually extreme for an SUV but, the driver seems like a local who is familiar with the track. The SUV looks stock except for the front bumper and front grille.
the track is all uneven and has slippery mud and uneven surfaces everywhere. Driver is definitely using 4×4 and as this is quite tricky and a place where he needs maximum traction, he has engaged 4L. In 4 low, all the torque that the engine generates is available from a very low RPM and the traction control turns off automatically as it would otherwise keep on interrupting.
While you are stuck in such a situation, Sometime, the wheels will have to spin a bit to gain traction which is not possible traction turned on. The driver carefully looks at the surrounding and slowly drives to a side of the track avoiding a crater that runs along the track. If the Thar gets in the crater, getting it out would be a task. The surface is so slippery that, even after being so careful, the rear wheel was in the hole but the driver kept the SUV moving forward until he couldn’t anymore.
After some time, the driver accelerated slowly and finally brought the SUV out of it. The video ends here but, the road does not. The vlogger showed a small portion of what the Mahindra Thar is capable of doing if it is handed over to an experienced driver. The driver was patient and did manage to get the SUV out without getting stuck even at such slippery and steep climb. One thing that is worth noticing here is that the Thar in this video was using company fitted alloy wheels and tyres.
Mahindra Thar is available is now offered with modern features that are seen in any other car in the segment. It gests a touchscreen infotainment screen, roof mounted speakers, automatic climate control and so on. With 4 star safety rating, Thar is the safest 4×4 SUV in this segment. It is available with both petrol and diesel engine option. The 2.0 litre mStallion turbo petrol version generates 150 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque. The 2.2 litre mHawk turbo diesel engine generates 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. Both petrol and diesel are available with manual and automatic gearbox option.