For all those luxury riders who are passionate about the traditional ways but do not wish to be left behind in the contemporary, Mahindra & Mahindra, the leading SUV player in India, comes up with the perfect blend in the form of the much-awaited Mahindra Thar. Blessed with an admirable retro-look and unique style statement, this model sets to grab eyeballs in lifestyle vehicle segment in the Indian market. Amongst the off-road enthusiasts, style seekers, and war-veterans, Thar hopes for being one of the most sought-after 4x4 in the coming months. Particularly for those auto admirers who love driving compact and powerful SUVs, this vehicle offers all the features at no extra cost. With a lucrative price-tag and a substantial specification sheet, this compact 4x4 is the only diesel Indian convertible off-roader to have your hands on. Mahindra Thar is set to give a stiff competition to its kin models Mahindra Scorpio and Mahindra Bolero, along with the very old Maruti Gypsy and the newly launched sensation Maruti Jimmy.
Design & Comfort
This Indian 4x4 sticks to the traditional masculine, square jaw signature look, which has become a favorite amongst jeep lovers. The trademark style slotted grille and the jeep-like classic round headlights constitute a bold statement at the front of the vehicle. The front glass is created in an edgy rectangular retro style, while the model name is engraved in a contemporary style, thus keeping the vehicle in parallel with the modern and customary fashion. The side view back mirrors are positioned perfectly allowing the driver to have a clear back view picture. To give the vehicle a raw and rugged look, the side and back doors are crafted with boldness. The typical gypsy look has been maintained while creating the back view, highlighting the perfect blend of oldies and vibrant generation. The small foot rester makes entry and exit easy and convenient.
The interiors have been carefully and strategically designed keeping in view of those who love to steal the vehicle for adventurous trips. With a decent leg room and arm room, it assures you a comfortable drive. The traditional raw styled seats are complemented with the modern back seats which are front facing and absolutely simple. As you drive your way through rough and tough terrains, you can surely count on the jerks to be minimized, keeping the occupants safe and secure. The front seats offer enough space for leg room while the open roof provides sufficient head room, which can be converted into a compact dimension of a small car.
Mahindra Thar is equipped with a 2.5 liter common rail diesel engine with a 5-speed manual gear box. It is available with two engine options between CRDe and Di. The CRDe variant develops a maximum power output of 105 BHP, while the Di counterpart offers 63 BHP. The instant pickup speed allows the vehicle to cross 100 kmph in just 11 seconds, while it can be driven at a maximum speed of 150 kmph. While the vehicle is offered as a two wheel drive in its base variant, customers have an option of upgrading their manly beast to four wheel drive configuration also.
The tough steel body of Mahindra Thar promises durability, superior comfort, and supreme convenience. While driving off-road, this 4x4 emphasizes on strength, rigidity, and shock absorbing capacity, while ensuring the safety of the occupants. For this, the vehicle has been equipped with classic ladder frame chassis and body-on-frame construction. The front suspension has been designed to keep the jeep smooth and effective on deep slush and rocky terrains. Anti-lock braking system, central locking, power door locks, anti-theft alarm, day & night rear view mirror, halogen headlamps, seat belt warming, door ajar warning, side impact beams, front impact beams, and traction control are some extensive safety features outfitted in this jeep.
Variants & Price
Mahindra Thar is easy enough to impress 4x4 lovers who are unwilling to splurge their hard earned money in gas guzzling machines. It has been launched in four attractive colors to pick up from: Fiery Black, Mist Silver, Toreador Red, and Arctic White. Mahindra Thar is priced between Rs. 5, 99,000 and Rs. 7, 00,000 (ex-showroom), based on the variant you place your hands on.