The Mahindra Thar is a stripped down off roader from the Indian carmaker that has a large fan following in the country owing to its road presence and simple design. It comes in three diesel engine options, an 2.5 litre m2DICR, a 2.5 litre MDI unit and a 2.5 litre CRDe motor. While the m2DICR and CRDe are BS4 complaint, the MDI motor is a BS3 complaint engine and is available only in cities where sale of BS3 complaint vehicles is applicable. Power generated by the m2DICR and MDI is the same at 64 hp at 3,200 rpm but the CRDe churns out 106 hp at 3,800 rpm. The Thar is available with a soft top and an optional hard top. The CRDe trims are available in five colours, Red Rage, Fiery Black, Mist Silver, Diamond White and Rocky Beige.
The manual four wheel drive system with a mechanical locking differential gets the car out of any sticky situation
Dual tone interiors looks upmarket
Lockable glovebox adds to the convenience of securely holding documents while off roading
On the outside, the Mahindra Thar carries forward the rugged design. For the CRDe variants, it measures 3,920 mm in length, 1,726 mm in width 1,930 mm in height and has a ground clearance of 200mm. For the m2DICR and MDI versions, the Mahindra Thar measures 3,760 mm in length, 1,640 mm in width, 1,904 mm in height and has a ground clearance of 187 mm. The approach and departure angle of the Mahindra Thar CRDe trims is 44 degrees and 27 degrees while the m2DICR and MDI variants have 35 degrees departure angle and the approach angle is the same.
The Mahindra Thar has a dual tone interior scheme with a three pod instrument cluster. The CRDe variants come with a manual air conditioner, door trims with arm rests, wider front seats, windshield demister, 12 V power socket, digital immobiliser, floor console with cup holders and provision for a 2 DIN music system unlike the m2DICR and MDI trims. The rear in the Thar has two side facing foldable seats and a lockable glovebox on all variants.
The Mahindra Thar is powered by three engine options, a 2.5 litre CRDe diesel, a 2.5 litre m2DICR and a 2.5 litre MDI unit. While the CRDe and m2DICR are BS4 complaint, the MDI motor is a BS3 complaint engine and available in cities where sale of BS3 vehicles is applicable. Power and torque generated by the CRDe engine is 106 hp at 3,800 rpm and 247 Nm from 1,800 rpm to 2,000 rpm. The m2DICR and MDI variants generate 63 hp of power at 3,200 rpm and 195 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm to 2,200 rpm for the m2DICR engine and 182.5 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 1,800 rpm for the MDI engine.
Transmission option in all models of the Mahindra Thar are a 5 speed manual unit. In the four wheel drive versions, a manual transfer case is also present with a low ratio gearbox. The Mahindra Thar also has a mechanical locking rear differential which is good for getting the off roader out of any tricky situation. The transfer case on the CRDe variants is a BORGWARNER unit while the one on the m2DICR versions is an in-house package. Both units offer exceptional off-roading capabilities.
The Mahindra Thar comes with a strong frame for occupant protection. That said, modern technologies like ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), airbags, hill hold or hill descent control are absent.
The Mahindra Thar has a rated fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl which for an off roader is reasonable. The powertrain has been tuned for the right balance between performance and mileage. It has a fuel tank capacity of 60 litres for the CRDe versions and 45 litres for the m2DICR and MDI variants.