The Mahindra Thar, which has always been a favourite with off-road enthusiasts in India, has now been launched in the Indian market in its latest iteration. The Mahindra Thar was first showcased at the 10th Auto Expo held at New Delhi in 2010. The Mahindra Thar is being offered with a colour palette of Diamond White, Rocky Beige, Mist Silver, Fiery Black and Toreador Red to choose from.
The Mahindra Thar is powered by either a 2,498 cc diesel engine that produces 106 bhp @ 3800 rpm and 247 Nm @ 1800-2000 rpm or a 2,523 cc, 4 cylinder diesel engine that puts out 62 bhp. The drive by wire technology featured in the Thar facilitates quicker and more controlled throttle response and the LSPV brakes helps in preventing wheel lock up and loss of control. The Mahindra Thar comes in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. The Thar 2WD version comes with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The 4WD variant however, gets a Borg Warner 5 speed manual transmission with low reduction gear. The 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 has a wheelbase of 2,430 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 a turning radius of 5.25m for making 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 old-fashioned yet sturdy looks of the Thar. 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. 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 a classic ladder frame chassis and body-on-frame construction for strength, rigidity and shock absorbing capability. Additionally, there are disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear that ensure proper braking. Other safety features include a windshield defogger, an electronic immobilizer, locking differentials and seat belts.
This is a vehicle targeted purely at off-road aficionados. Mahindra has kept it very bare bones and minimalistic. The retro looks also may be a huge attraction to a lot of people. While it may not work brilliantly on day to day commutes and so on, its drivetrain, suspension, high ground clearance and so on ensure that you can keep on moving even on really rough terrain.