Mahindra is coming up with a new, more affordable rear-wheel drive variant of the Thar, which is just a few days away from the official launch. Mahindra has already started dispatching the new Thar rear-wheel drive to the authorized dealer outlets, which has revealed a pleasant surprise for those waiting for this new variant. Recently, a Blazing Bronze-coloured Mahindra Thar rear-wheel drive was spotted at a dealer outlet by 91wheels, which indicates that the new variant will be offered in the new colour shade.
The Blazing Bronze-coloured Mahindra Thar spotted at the dealer outlet had the 4×4 badge missing on its rear fender, which indicates that this is the new rear-wheel drive variant of the Thar. It is the same shade which was introduced by Mahindra a few weeks ago with the new XUV300 TurboSport. Currently, only the XUV300 TurboSport is available with the Blazing Bronze shade, but given this sighting of the Thar in this colour, it is expected that the lifestyle SUV will be launched officially with it.
Apart from the Blazing Bronze shade, the rear-wheel drive Mahindra Thar is expected to retain the four colour options in which the four-wheel drive version of the SUV is already available. Currently, the Thar is being offered in four colour options, namely Red Rage, Galaxy Grey, Napoli Black and Aquamarine. The Thar was also available in two additional colour options – Rocky Beige and Mystic Copper, both of which were discontinued by Mahindra at the beginning of 2022.
4X2 Thar to increase sales number
The new upcoming Mahindra Thar rear-wheel drive variant will miss out on the four-wheel drive system, which gave the Thar a unique identity of its own. However, considering that the new variant still retains the iconic two-door boxy shape with no changes to design elements and features inside-out is a huge relief for many. In place of the gear lever for the four-wheel drive system, the new Thar rear-wheel drive will get an empty storage bin for keeping small items in it.
The rear-wheel drive Mahindra Thar will also be available with a smaller 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine in place of the 2.0-litre 130 PS diesel engine in the four-wheel drive version. Expected to be available only with a 6-speed manual gearbox and not the optional 6-speed automatic gearbox, this 1.5-litre diesel engine will be shared with the XUV300. This engine claims 116 PS of maximum power and 300 Nm of maximum torque, the latter of which is the same as that of the 2.0-litre diesel engine of the Thar 4×4 variant. The 2.0-litre 150 PS turbocharged petrol engine will also be on offer as the second engine option.