In the Auto Expo 2010, Mahindra exhibited “Mahindra Thar” at the first time. It attracted a lot of buyers. It is the first car from Mahindra to get an oil-burner BS IV CRDe engine and a soft-top. The car comes in three variants DI 4×2, DI 4×4 and the CRDe 4×4 with AC.
The Mahindra Thar is a nostalgic of the jeep of old-age that he villegers of most part of India using for many years and still using. The new one comes with a lot of changes but Mahindra maintained the old design of Jeep. The round headlamps and front grill remains same. The side indicators have been placed on the wheel arches, which is cost effective and old school. The rectangular front glass frame is hinged on to the front and can be dropped onto the bonnet, just like we see in the movies. The broad tyres with alloy wheels further enhance the bold, sturdy and muscular look of the car. The Thar has three doors, two at the front and one at the back of the car. The overall looks of the Thar are similar to the old-age geeps in India, which made a substantial contribution to Mahindra.
The new Mahindra Thar can be used as an off-roading vehicle. The Mahindra does not much focus on lexury but they get a comfortable seats. The instrument cluster is simple and the dashboard also has basic components with a blower and a heater, while the AC is retro-fit, introduced recently based on feedback.
The Mahindra Thar is powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that produces 105bhp and 247Nm of torque that is delivered through a five-speed gear-box. The 4×4 variant gets a Borg Warner manual shift with low reduction gear. The car brags about the Drive by wire technology which helps for a quicker and better controlled throttle response. As there is no power-steering, the steering wheel is big enough to ease the efforts required for turning. The car gets disc brakes in the front with nine-inch boosters and drum brakes at the rear wheels.
The Thar is available in five colours – Diamond White, Mist Silver, Fiery Black, Toreador Red and Rocky Beige.
Some Images of off-roading and some modifications