The old-fashioned Mahindra Thar, which was earlier launched in South Africa and Europe, has now been launched in the Indian market with a lot of fanfare. The Mahindra Thar also happens to be India’s first BS IV CRDe diesel engine that comes in soft top. The Mahindra Thar was showcased at the 10th Auto Expo 2010 held at New Delhi, and M&M has kept its promise and delivered the immensely desirable vehicle right before the Christmas. The Mahindra Thar is being offered in three trims — Mahindra Thar DI 4X2 BS3, Mahindra Thar DI 4X4 BS3 and Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X4. And with a colour palette of Diamond White, Rocky Beige, Mist Silver, Fiery Black and Toreador Red to opt from, the buyers are spoilt for choice.
Mahindra Thar CRDe is powered by a 2.5L engine that produces 105 bhp @ 3800 rpm and 247 Nm @ 1800-2000 rpm. The Drive by wire technology featured in the Thar facilitates quicker and controlled throttle response and the LSPV brakes helps in preventing wheel lock up and loss of control.
Mahindra Thar comes in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. Thar’s 2WD comes with a 5-Speed manual gearbox. The 4WD variant, however, gets a Borg Warner manual shift with low reduction gear. While Indian metropolitan cities will get Thar with CRDe engine, rural India will have DI engines. Mahindra Thar boasts of an excellent 200 mm ground clearance, good enough for it to perform its off-roading duties effortlessly. The Thar can accommodate seven people easily and have a wheelbase of 2430 mm.
The Mahindra Thar comes equipped with a pair of independent IFS with Torsion & Stabiliser bar in the front and Semi elliptical leaf springs at the rear. With its latest offering, M&M has tried to create a stronger fan base in the mountainous regions of the country, and the superb suspension of the vehicle only helps to achieve it with a lot of ease. The Thar comes standard with integral power steering and features short turning radius of 5.25 m for those quick turns.
The Mahindra Thar is the perfect choice for people who seek retro looks coupled with amazing off-road capabilities. The signature grille and the classic circular headlights emphasize the Thar’s old-fashioned yet sturdy looks. The bold jaw shaped front and the edgy rectangular front glass enhance the look of the car. The broad tyres of the vehicle add to its muscular stance. The indicators are placed at extreme corners above the lifted area on wheels.
The Mahindra Thar features two side doors for the front. The doors resemble the typical iron doors that were a rage in the olden days. The open back is more pronounced and the seats are more comfortable and lifted.
If you have been expecting anything warm and fancy in the Thar, be prepared to get disappointed. Since it is an adventure vehicle, the interior has been kept minimalistic and open. It may not be the most comfortable vehicle around, but it offers decent legroom and arm room. The seats are done in raw style and there is absolutely no stress on luxury.
The Mahindra Thar features an elegant instrument panel with integral blower and heater. There is also an option of fitting AC, if you desire.
The steering of the Thar has been borrowed from its predecessors, so it obviously maintains the rugged and raw style of Mahindra Jeeps. Although the Thar is not very comfortable, it gives minimum jerks and keeps the passengers safe. The front seats have enough leg room and open roof assures maximum fun.
Since the Mahindra Thar is an off-roader, it has been given classic ladder frame chassis and body-on-frame construction for strength, rigidity and great shock absorbing capability. Additionally, you have powerful 9-inch booster with disc brakes in front and drum in rear that ensure safe driving in all kind of terrains.