The upgraded Mahindra Thar has been launched in India, it gets a cosmetic update and a mechanical rear locking differential.
In 2017, the Mahindra Thar is offered in a total of 5 variants: four powered by the DI engine and one powered by the CRDe engine.
The Mahindra Thar is priced between Rs 5.93 lakh to Rs 8.89 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Direct competition is limited to the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy and the Force Motors Gurkha.
The Mahindra Thar is offered with two diesel engines - a 1.5-litre (2498cc), turbocharged 4-cylinder 'CRDe' diesel motor and a 1.5-litre (2523cc), turbocharged 4-cylinder 'DI' diesel motor. Both the engines are paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. While the CRDe is only available with a 4x4 system, the DI can be had either with 4x2 or 4x4 systems.
The Mahindra Thar is one of the last old-school SUVs on sale in India. Launched in October 2010, the retro design, back-to-basics features and great off-roading capabilities made it a hit amongst enthusiasts who had come to revere older Mahindra Jeeps. Mahindra introduced a refreshed Thar in July 2015 with cosmetic and comfort features to make it more appealing.
Mahindra Thar Variants
The prices of Thar diesel variants start at Rs. 6.47 lakh and the top-end diesel is priced at Rs. 9.11 lakh. Mahindra Thar is available in 3 variants and 8 colours.
Mahindra has given the Thar CRDe an extensive cosmetic update and a mechanical rear diff lock that makes it more capable offroad. We drive the Thar at Mahindra's Igatpuri training academy to find out how it does
The Thar is the four wheeled equivalent of Enfields in India. Rugged and crude and if needed to be fixed, can be done just about anywhere. There’s a large and loyal set of customers for this kind of automobile in India but to me, a car has to be a lot more livable on road and at times when you aren’t conquering the jungle. Mahindra seems to be paying heed to this kind of feedback from individual customers who don’t mind spending a bit more for creature comforts. The second big feedback was the need of a locking rear differential and with the facelift you get that too. So to experience the new Thar, we were invited to Mahindra’s Igatpuri training academy. We just got to drive the Thar over a marked obstacle course so a full review will follow, but for now here are the juicy bits.
All updates go only to the CRDe Thar as it is more individual buyer oriented than the direct injection Thar. The latter has a utilitarian market that’s price sensitive so the added features and diff lock would shoot the price up. It’s still powered by the 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine developing 105PS of power and 247Nm of torque and comes...read more »
The Mahindra Thar is finally here and ready to kick-start an off-road tripping trend for Indian enthusiasts. But is it really that good? Muntaser Mirkar seeks the answer.
December 31, 2010 By Muntaser Mirkar Pics: Kunal Khadse
Mahindra Thar Highlights
Thar is the offering from the house of India’s leading utility maker, Mahindra and Mahindra. True to its off-roading DNA, Thar appeals more to the conquerors than typical city drivers. . Mahindra has updated the styling of Thar in its recent facelift and the overall demeanour of this off- roader feels more contemporary now. Interiors have gone under a drastic transformation which adds to the overall appeal of the Thar. There are two engine options under the hood - a 2.5-liter DI diesel engine and a 2.5-liter CRDe putting out 64 PS / 183 Nm and 106 PS / 247 Nm respectively. In addition to 5-speed manual transmission, Mahindra Thar also features differential lock with low and high gear ratios for true off-roading. Priced in the range of Rs 6.39-8.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Mahindra Thar rivals Force Gurkha, Maruti Gypsy, and its own cousin Bolero among others.
Mahindra Thar Exterior and Interior
One of the most impressive things about the Thar includes how it demands attention wherever it goes. And that comes courtesy of its old school, no-nonsense looks. The front looks menacing, with that in-your-face seven slat metal grille, flanked by round headlamps and the brawny bonnet silhouette. The plastic bumpers, huge wheel arches, excellent approach and departure angles for tyres, up to 200mm of ground clearance, the soft-top roof, the rear mounted spare wheel and the exposed door hinges all come together to exude rugged simplicity. In short, no matter what you are in, if a Thar goes by, you will give it a second glance.
This is where the Thar feels less than adequate in today’s time and age. The front seats point in the correct direction but the ones at the rear are two benches, facing each other. The dual-tone dashboard tries to liven up the cabin but the fit and finish is far from perfect. As far as safety tech is concerned, there isn’t any; neither ABS, nor airbags. There is no music system either but Mahindra proudly highlights the provision of a 2-din one. Wow! Frankly, expecting a company-fitted music system is a bit optimistic because the Thar doesn’t even have power windows.
Mahindra Thar Specifications
The poor man’s Jeep Wrangler is offered with two engine options - a 2.5-litre m2DICR engine and a 2.5-litre CRDe. The former of the two produces 63PS/195Nm and is available with two- or four-wheel drive systems. The latter is tuned to generate 107PS/247Nm and is the one to opt for. Both engines come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, whereas the 4WD variants feature a low-range gearbox as well. It is this off-roading tech and the availability of a mechanical differential lock that makes the Thar simply one of the best vehicles to go serious off-roading in. There is no automatic as off now. Maybe that will come into the equation with the new-gen Thar which, by the way, is being developed. Mahindra hasn’t bothered to reveal the mileage figures no matter how bad we want it.
Mahindra Thar Variants
Mahindra couldn’t possibly create a vast variant list because the Thar doesn’t have enough features. Hence, there are three variants on offer - m2DICR 2WD, m2DICR 4WD and 4WD CRDe. The only recommended variant is the most expensive one, which comes with the more powerful engine and 4WD. The m2DICR variants don’t have enough oomph under the hood and miss out on basic features like AC, door trims with armrests, windshield demister, cupholders and an accessory socket.
Mahindra Thar Competitors
Force Gurkha: The Gurkha has always been in the Thar’s shadow. That said, it does offer a more versatile package, with options like a five-door setup, hard- and soft-top roof and seats facing the front. However, the force in the Force Gurkha’s offering diminishes with its 85PS/230Nm, 2.6-litre diesel mill and the fact that its least expensive variant is dearer than the range-topper of the Thar.
If you are the sort of person who puts the ease of off-roading above practicality, features, safety and quality, then the Thar is the best sub Rs 10 lakh option for you. In other words, the Thar cannot pass as the sole family vehicle and can only be considered as a second or a third vehicle in the garage to utilise its specific deliverables.
Recently Asked User Questions and FAQs about Mahindra Thar
User Questions and Answers
Sunita_Dhull asked a question on 16 April 2018
Q.Tuv300 or thar which is best?Tuv300 or thar which is best?
Thar is primarily for the off-roading while TUV3OO is a regular SUV which can do a bit adventour other than all the works of a regular car.Thar is primarily for the off-roading while TUV3OO is a regular SUV which can do a bit adventour other than all the works of a regular car.
answered by Kumar_Shalender 58 minutes ago
Rahul_Menaria asked a question on 22 March 2018
Q.What is the mantinance of mahindra thar?What is the mantinance of mahindra thar?
It all depends on the usage and the style of your driving. If you go casually without much off-roading, it will be around Rs 8k otherwise the cost may escalate to around Rs 10-12k per month.It all depends on the usage and the style of your driving. If you go casually without much off-roading, it will be around Rs 8k otherwise the cost may escalate to around Rs 10-12k per month.
answered by Kumar_Shalender on 26 March 2018
Digvijay_Singh_2 asked a question on 15 February 2018
Q.How is the performance of the vehicle in terms of maintenance, safety and city commuting?How is the performance of the vehicle in terms of maintenance, safety and city commuting?
Nice and running smoothlyNice and running smoothly
answered by UMMED_SINGH_Rathore on 11 March 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What is the price of Mahindra Thar?
The starting price of Mahindra Thar in top cities are:
Retro design, capable off-roader, comfortable ride on all surfaces
Bare bones interior, not ergonomic for daily driving, not backed by a reliable after-sales service network
The Thar remains one of the last of its kind – simple and tough with a capable 4x4 system. With the CRDe variant getting a more comfortable cabin and new locking differential, the Thar gets creature comforts for those looking for more than a bare bones SUV.