Mahindra Thar is a sturdy off-roading capable SUV with a powerful 2.5-litre diesel engine and aggressive styling. It can be rightly called "Make in India with International Standard" automobile as the vehicle offers you a rock solid built so that no challenges on the road remain unattainable. The engine has a go anywhere character with the power transmitted by five-speed manual transmission gearbox either to all the four-wheels (4WD drivetrain) or only to the rear ones (2WD options) depending on the model chosen by you. The SUV is BSIV compliant and comes in three variants- Mahindra Thar DI 2WD, DI 4WD, and CRDe. The ex-showroom price of the basic model starts with INR 6,45,000.
The exterior of the SUV bears a bold vintage-jeep look, where you can find the legacy with an updated design. You get Mahindra Thar in five attractive shades- Red Rage,Napoli Black, Mist Silver, Rocky Beige and Diamond White. The front end of the vehicle demonstrates a fierce, rugged look with round headlamps, multiple slat grills in a boxy design. The wheels arches are also chunky and extensive to guard the massive 16-inch tubeless 185/85 R16 tyres in standard variant and 235/70 R16 in the CRDe model. The ground clearance is approximately 200 mm, and the fuel tank capacity is 45 litres in the standard models and 60 litres in the CRDe variant.
The interiors of the Mahindra Thar is fundamental in the standard models, while the premium CRDe make has upgraded black-beige dashboard, remodelled centre bezel, lockable glove box, revamped AC vents, and floor console with cup holders. The customised wanderlust edition is the premium upscale version of the CRDe models. It comes with a complete cosmetic update with gullwing doors and electronic sunroof. They also have beige art leather interiors, touchscreen infotainment system, and comfortable carpeting. You need to send your CRDe vehicle to the Mahindra Customisation Studios in Mumbai to get these upgrades.
The 2.5 litres diesel engine of Mahindra Thar provides a maximum power of 63bhp@ 3200rpm in the DI 4WD and DI 2WD variants, and 105 hp @ 3800rpm in the CRDe version. The maximum torque is 182.5Nm@1500rpm, and 247Nm@1800rpm in the standard and CRDe makes respectively. All the SUVs come with 5-speed manual transmission. The city mileage is approximately 15.03 km while that on the highway is 18.06 km. The vehicle has a disc front brake and rear drum brake. The price range for the DI 2WD starts from INR 6,45,000, DI 4WD is INR 6,97,000, and CRDe is INR 9,28,000.
There are several advantages of riding the Mahindra Thar SUV. Here are a few of them.
• It is an all-terrain vehicle; you can off-road it without hesitation. The approach angle of 44 degree helps it to climb challenging slopes, and the departure angle of 27 degree helps to reach the ground without causing any damage to the rear end. You can dominate any terrain with Mahindra Thar. • The body of the SUV is sturdy and reliable, and it has a proper ground clearance of 200 millimetres in the CRDe model. • Numerous aftermarkets parts are readily available in the market, which you can opt to make the SUV monstrous and a head turner. • The price range within INR 10 lakhs makes it a most sought after SUV in its class.
In spite of having many benefits, we cannot overlook the few cons of owning Mahindra Thar. Detailed below are some of them.
• The interiors of the vehicle are basic. There is enough scope of improvement in this sector. The absence of power windows and rear reading lamp makes it a primitive automobile. • Safety features like ABS and airbags are also missing in this SUV. • The AC could have been much better with rear AC vents and automatic climate control. • The infotainment unit even needs up gradation with touchscreen system.
Finally, we can say at under ten lakhs price range Mahindra Thar is an SUV worth buying if you consider the engine and sturdiness of the vehicle. However, it faces stiff competition from Force Motors Gurkha, Mahindra Scorpio, and Mahindra Bolero regarding interiors.