New Mahindra Thar - Is it an Off-Road SUV with Everyday Usability?
Mahindra has finally revealed the new generation Thar and it has been one of the most awaited new cars. The Thar in its previous generation has been hugely successful but with the new Thar, Mahindra has gone one step ahead with a new platform and a new set of engines along with the Thar being much more comfortable now. Yet it is still capable and has an option of soft top convertible. Is the new Mahindra Thar a lifestyle off-road SUV that can go anywhere but can also be used as everyday SUV? Lets find out.
New Mahindra Thar Exterior
The new Thar is much bigger than the previous model and that is crucial as it has more room now despite still being a three-door car. The new Thar carries on the classic Jeep styling of the previous Thar but gets a bigger grille and cooler new LED headlamps. It also gets bigger 18 inch wheels with all terrain tyres and that means that it has a wider stance. The new Thar looks a lot more premium and gets new tail-lamps which are bigger. It is not as plain looking as the previous Thar and now looks more like a lifestyle statement rather than a simple off-roader it was earlier. There is a hard-top and a soft-top.
New Mahindra Thar Interior
The interior of the new Thar is completely different from the current one. The quality is much better and there is a lot more features on offer too. It has more space also while the design is actually more expensive looking than the Scorpio. There is a longer wheelbase with new rear seats with more room. Moving to the dash and you can see the large two air vents on each side while there is a row of buttons below. There is a new steering wheel with buttons while the TFT instrument cluster is also new. There is a touch-screen now and that packs in a lot of information and features along with the smartphone connectivity. However closer to roots the interior is washable and the switches are water resistant.
New Mahindra Thar Features
There is a lot on offer here as the new Thar gets a 7inch touchscreen, roof mounted speakers, cruise control, steering controls, built in roll cage, TFT display, 2 airbags, TFT display, esp, hill hold and hill descent control.
New Mahindra Thar Engine & Transmission
The new Thar now has a line-up of petrol and diesel engines with 2.2 litre diesel expected to be the best selling Thar. There is standard a 6-speed manual but for the first time the Thar will also get a 6-speed automatic in the diesel being a torque converter type gearbox. There is also a petrol engine with the new 2.0 litre petrol with an automatic. The petrol Thar makes 150 bhp and 320Nm while the diesel Thar makes 132 bhp and 300Nm.
New Mahindra Thar Off-road Capability
Being good off-road is something the new Thar needs to carry one from the current Thar. The basics are still there with a 4-wheel drive system as standard with 4x4 transfer case. It gets a new third gen body on frame chassis along with new suspension. It has a ground clearance of 226Nm along with water wading capability of 650Nm.
New Mahindra Thar Price and Variants
In terms of prices, we expect the new Thar to be about Rs 2 lakhs more expensive over the current Thar, but this is a much better lifestyle SUV with more space, more features and much more useable yet still being a capable off-roader along with those iconic looks. It will get a Hard Top & Soft Top option with two trims - AX and LX with the LX being the more luxurious Thar while the other one is for serious offroading.
New Mahindra Thar Colour
There are 6 colour options including Red Rage, Mystic Copper, Galaxy Grey, Napoli Black, Rocky Biege and Aquamarine
New Mahindra Thar Launch
The new Thar is to be launched on 2nd October with pre-bookings expected to be start next month
New Mahindra Thar Verdict
The new Mahindra Thar gets a Retro modern design, improved interiors, long list of comfort, connectivity and technology features with strong off-roader capability. Mahindra has got a winner and is rightly positioning the new Thar as a lifestyle off-road SUV to go anywhere but can also be used as everyday SUV.
New Mahindra Thar Rivals
The new Mahindra Thar lifestyle off-road SUV stands alone among the competition. It will rival with the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny (Gypsy) expected to be launched in Q1/2021
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