Mahindra Thar 5-Door
Mahindra Thar 5-Door
Mahindra had launched Thar on 02 October 2020. Since then Mahindra has sold 70,097 in 2021 and 1,22,531 in 2020 so almost 2 lakh Thar has sold so far. Making Thar one of the most popular cars in the Indian market. The shortage of spares and disturbance in the supply chain management due to ongoing pandemic and lockdown has now resulted in a waiting period of six to eight months for Thar.
Mahindra has gauged the popularity of Thar and has announced to launch a five-door version of its popular car in the Indian automobile market.
Price and launch
The new five-door is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 14.5 to 18 lakh (ex-showroom). When do we get to see this car? Due to delay in launch and overall disruption in the automobile industry because of the Covid-19 situation. We don’t see this car coming anywhere sooner than mids of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023.
The car will be built on a similar body on frame construction chassis which can make this car handle any terrain you decide to take for a drive.
Just like the three-door Thar, there will be two engine options. The m-Hawk 130 2.1-litre diesel engine produces 130bhp and 300Nm of torque the m-Stallion 150 TGDi 2-litre petrol engine produces 150bhp and 300Nm of torque. Both engines would be fine-tuned to carry the extra space and increase in length because of the five-door design. The options of six-speed manual and automatic along with four-wheel drive will be made available in both petrol and diesel engine. However, only the top-end variant LX will have the option of automatic transmission.
The five-door version will be based on the same design as the Thar that’s currently available. Making it look like a bigger version of the Thar so that it resembles the existing three-door Thar. This could be a six-seater or a seven-seater version of Thar.
The five-door Thar will get a touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity via Android Auto, Apple Car Play. We also expect rear AC vents and charging ports for second-row passengers. The five-door Thar will be available in the hardtop version. But it would be something new to see a five-door off-roader come with a removable soft top as well.
Ride and Handling
The ride and handling could get more refined as there was some play and vibrations with the steering in the three-door version of Thar. Mahindra should rectify it and deliver a smooth and jitter-free ride.
Mahindra claims that the Manual Diesel variant has a mileage of 15.2 kmpl. We can only comment on the mileage once we get our hands on this car and do a proper mileage test under different driving conditions.
The new version five-door Thar might get the same colors as the three-door Thar.
AX (O) will be the base variant available in both petrol and diesel engine dedicated towards a more off-road driving experience.
LX will be the top-end variant available in both petrol and diesel engine along with an option of automatic transmission.
Both the variants will have a four-wheel-drive system for rugged off-road driving conditions.
The five-door Thar will be definitely longer than the three-door Thar while sharing other details same as that from the three-door Thar.
Ground Clearance 220mm
Fuel tank Capacity 60-litre
The five-door Jimny will be its biggest rival as both of them cater to the same market of enthusiast car buyers. If Mahindra can launch the five-door Thar before the five-door Jimny, then they might surely have an advantage over Suzuki Jimny.
- ABS with EBD
- Reverse Parking Sensors
- Reverse Parking Camera
- Touch Screen Infotainment
- Ground Clearance