Mahindra Thar – The Off-Roading Legend Makes a Comeback




First generation Thar started rolling down the streets in 2010, now after 10 years Mahindra launched the second generation in October 2020. Famous for its off-roading capabilities at a low price helped Mahindra in creating a big fan base for the car. With a plan to expand the customer base for the Thar, the new generation model is made more Urban and practical.



Available in 2 variants AX and LX which combined with engine, 4 and 6 seating and roof options making a total of 13 variants, prices ranges from ₹9.8lakhs to ₹14.16lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. The Thar faces no direct competition at this price which makes it very tough to compare it with anything which could be a big plus point of used wisely. Let us see how Thar performs.


Engine


2 engine options are offered with both Petrol and Diesel fuel choices. The Petrol engine comes with Mahindra’s mStallion 2L turbocharged unit which produces 150hp of power and 300nm of torque resulting in 0-100km/h in 10.21secs with a city mileage of 10kml. The Diesel engine comes with the mHawk 2.2L turbocharged unit which produces 130hp of power and 300nm of torque with ARAI mileage of 15.2km/l. 6-speed manual and automatic transmission and a 4*4 drivetrain option which comes standard in all variants and can be changed into 4*4 at high and low speeds and a 2*2 option by a lever present into the center console. As for the locking differential, the AX variant gets a mechanical differential and LX gets a brake differential which is a better choice for off-roading.





Design

Exterior of the new Thar is designed as a mix of both modern and old school elements, few of the old school elements include exposed door hinges, bonnet clamps on the hood and tailgate mounted spare wheel. Being a massive improvement from the previous generation, some say it is loosely based on the Jeep Wrangler, but those are all glass half empty kind of people. 2 style roof options, hard top and soft top which can be folded to transform the car into a convertible. 6 color choices are – Red Rage, Mystic Copper, Galaxy Grey, Aquamarine, Rocky Beige and Napoli Black. The first thing that catches attention are the big wheel arches which help ascend rocky terrains and steep slopes. Front bumper is extended a bit much for more bulkiness, adding to that are 18-inch alloy wheels in the LX variant and a standard side stepper which give a bold stance. The Thar 3.9m long, 1.8m wide and 1.85m high with a ground clearance of 219mm for the AX variant and 226mm for the LX variant, these dimensions are surely good numbers for a SUV whose main purpose is to drive on rocky un-even roads with ease.





The interior of the Thar does not feel outdated as previous generation variant which only had Air Conditioner and an instrument cluster. Black dashboard with lots of hard plastics, the dashboard and floor get IP54 waterproof rating which is good to wash with a bucket of water so one should avoid power wash. Not just the front but the whole cabin is washable and has little drain plugs to throw water out. Visibility is good thanks to big side windows and perpendicular windshield which helps the driver look over the hood, rear windows in the hard top variant does not roll down which can be a drawback for rear passengers. Mahindra has added some small quirks in the interior, the windshield has a Thar with 2 camels’ sticker and a tree sticker in the rear which can be found by someone who has an eye for details, adding to the quirks is a small plate with serial number engrossed on the left side of the dashboard. Loads of storage bins and door pockets for more practicality and convenience.


Features


The biggest improvement in the new generation Thar from previous one comes in the list of features and tech offered. Few of the main features include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports both Android Auto and Apple Carplay along with a navigation system, this infotainment screen also displays the roll and pitch angles, a compass, tyre position display and a G monitor. Cruise control and electrically adjustable OVRM are also part of the surprise of new Thar. LED DRL’s at the bulky front bumper and a 4 speaker 2 tweeter system in which 2 speaker and tweeter are located on the roof.








Safety


As far as the Safety is concerned, the new Thar achieved 4 star under the Global NCAP rating which is a good enough reason to trust. This rating is a result of a strong body and dual front airbags along with ABS, EBD and ESP. Hill assist and decent control is a good addition with rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat.



Verdict



The all new generation Mahindra Thar offers best of both worlds, Urban cruising and taking a shortcut to climb a mountain. The LX variant is comparatively better in everything and one should go for the diesel manual engine in hard or soft top, the petrol engine offers more power but kills the zing which results from a diesel SUV. Considering a massive improvement in the features and practicality, Thar has surely transformed from just an adventurer car to a family adventurer car.

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