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Mahindra Thar AX vs LX: Trims Compared


The two trims cover your need for adventure thrills as well as premium creature comforts

 

Mahindra has been generating quite the buzz with the launch of the next-gen Thar off-roader in India. Priced from Rs 9.80 lakh to Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom), it is offered in three body styles with petrol and diesel engines as well as manual and automatic gearbox options. The Thar comes in two distinct trims: AX and LX. So let’s find out which one is better suited for you.

AX

Variants

Thar Petrol

Thar Diesel

AX Std Fixed soft top

Rs 9.80 lakh

 

AX Fixed soft top

Rs 10.65 lakh

Rs 10.85 lakh

AX (O) Convertible soft top

Rs 11.90 lakh

Rs 12.10 lakh

AX (O) Hard top

-

Rs 12.20 lakh

The AX trim is the most bareboned in the Thar lineup, making it perfect for those interested in customising it with their choice of wheels, winch, off-road accessories and infotainment system. In fact, Mahindra itself is offering a range of accessories such as additional body cladding, mud flaps, music systems and some bits from the LX trim. That said, the barebones nature is better for off-road thrills since you wouldn’t want things inside to get messy. 

 

What makes the AX trim further suited for adventure junkies are the steel wheels and taller profile tyres which are ideal for tackling hard terrain. More plus points to the AX Opt for featuring a similar kit as the LX. It is being offered with the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine along with four-wheel drive like the top-end Thar which wasn’t the case with its predecessor. The downside of the AX is that it doesn’t get the 6-speed automatic transmission option to aid its off-road capabilities. 

LX

Variants

Thar Petrol

Thar Diesel

LX Convertible soft top

Rs 13.45 lakh (AT)

Rs 12.85 lakh/ Rs 13.65 lakh (AT)

LX Hard Top

Rs 12.49 lakh/ Rs 13.55 lakh(AT)

Rs 12.95 lakh/ Rs 13.75 lakh (AT)

The top-spec trim of the Thar is a more road-friendly variant, but it's still a capable off-roader even though you may have to be careful with the 18-inch alloy wheels. It gets all the bells and whistles such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice commands, steering-mounted controls, follow-me-home headlamps as well as ESP with roll-over mitigation and brake locking differential. If you’re worried about the electronics being compromised in tough conditions, you should know the Thar has an IP54 rating. 

 

If a manual isn’t your cup of tea, this is the only trim in the Thar lineup to offer the 6-speed automatic. Basically, this trim is for the urban jungle. It comes as close as a Thar can to becoming the only car in your garage. 

Verdict

Both trims have a special appeal of their own. The AX trim is suited for those who prefer some off-road thrills and would like to customise the Thar accordingly. The LX, on the other hand, is preferable for the stock experience while still being almost equally capable off the road. 

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