Rediscovering the Mahindra Thar

Jun 14 2014, 10:13 IST
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Mahindra Thar CRDe is priced at Rs 7.35 lakh and the Thar DI comes for Rs 4.81 lakh (Delhi prices). Mahindra Thar CRDe is priced at Rs 7.35 lakh and the Thar DI comes for Rs 4.81 lakh (Delhi prices).
SummaryA striking collectorís item, Thar connects Mahindraís past and future. Does the SUV need to reinvent itself?

4x4 mode comes to help. We didnít find any problem with the Thar when we went off the road. But one: A customised Thar generally comes with a winch (a motor-driven device fitted at the front used for hauling a vehicle if it gets stuck). But the electronic control for operating that winch isnít easy to find. Rather than being located at an accessible place (such as on the dashboard), the control is located under the bonnet!

Mathematics: Though numbers donít do justice to a vehicle such as this, allow me to present you a few calculations I did. The engine is powerful enough to take the Thar from 0-100 kmph in 17 seconds, which is quite commendable for its size and aerodynamics. But what is more impressive is acceleration through the gearsóit takes only 13 seconds to go from 20-80 kmph in third gear. The SUV returns 12 km to a litre of diesel.

With the Thar, Mahindra can have a clear winner on its hands. Some things such as the interiors of the standard of the Scorpio, sensible dashboard controls, better insulation, better carpeting, etc, can result in the Thar (at least the CRDe version) transforming into a really fine SUV. If currently only jeep-enthusiasts are curious about the Thar, such additions can make some of the mid-size car buyers also consider this SUV. The Thar CRDe is priced at Rs 7.35 lakh and the Thar DI comes for Rs 4.81 lakh (Delhi prices).

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