Mahindra Thar is getting its first major upgradation since its launching in the year 2010. The vehicle, post the upgradation will be priced around INR 8.3 lakhs and only the CRDe variant will get an upgrade and DI isn’t getting one as of now.
Exterior, with some major and minor changes will have new rear and front bumpers, clear lens headlamps, a redesigned canopy, fresh wheel arches (butch looking) and tubular side footsteps. Mahindra is also offering, along with these changes, some additional classy accessories and customization options for the customers who want more additions to the interiors or exteriors of their car.
Mahindra Thar has been presented with a lot of new features and it is getting warm reception from the car enthusiasts as some of the features are being introduced in India for the very first time. Owing to its very sturdy body and rugged look, similar to the old jeep van, the car has always been very popular among the Indians since it got launched in the year 2010. In the latest upgrade some features are same as the last one, some are modified and a few new features got installed.
Exterior- Although car is still carrying the similarities with the old sturdy jeep by the looks of it, some changes were made to the exterior. A completely round headlight, front grilles, wheel arches having side indicators and this change is expected to be very cost effective. A rectangular glass frame in the front, alloy wheels, three doors one at the back and two at the front.
The new Mahindra Thar features some classy interior features such as wider seats, redesigned centre bezel, a new gear knob and steering wheel, changed door panel for the interior, a heater, new slightly better dashboard- black beige, freshly designed AC vents, a new windshield demister, glove box with locking abilities, door trims and a 3-pod instrument cluster that looks quite sporty. For some extra comfort and convenience, there is a new floor console installed, with cup holders.
Coming to the engine, the new Mahindra Thar is getting the 2500cc CRDe engine with practically the same output as the previous generation Thar which was 105 bhp @ 3800 rpm and torque- 274 Nm @ 1800-2000 rpm. Thar is getting the 4WD system which is quite standard with high and low ratios. As Mahindra Thar was always seen a heavy duty monster, above stats did a fine job of proving that it is in no way less powerful than the previous generation car.
As mentioned above, the only version getting upgraded is the BSIV compliant version, although the DI which is also a BSIII compliant will continue selling in the market.
Mahindra is selling approximately 10,000 cars every year out of which the 70% of them belongs to the DI variant and the contribution of the CRDe variant to the total sales is a little more than 30%. While launching the car, president of Mahindra and Mahindra, Mr. Praveen Shah said that the intention behind upgrading an already cult car was to enhance its features to serve the customers more efficiently.