Mahindra Thar Variants
18.06 kmpl2523 cc` 5.04 Lakh
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16.55 kmpl2498 cc` 5.53 Lakh
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16 kmpl2498 cc` 7.69 Lakh
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Editorial Test Drive Review of Mahindra Thar
Mahindra Thar Interiors
On the inside, where all owners will spend hours, frankly things are pretty basic. We have seen people cribbing about the lack of creature comforts and quality on various public forums but isn’t the Thar meant for adventure experiences. In our opinion, the interiors are spot on for they have to take on elements like rain, hail, snow (in some cases), sand, dust and everything else that a typical owner would subject it to. Comparing the Thar to its main competitor the Maruti Gypsy, the insides feel much better and more comfortable as well. Instrumentation console is basic though a tachometer finds itself right there. There is provision for after-market air-con as well as a music system – thumbs up for that. No the Thar is also with an AC too! The Thar can probably seat five in comfort with enough space left for luggage.
Mahindra Thar Interiors Details
Mahindra Thar Boot space
Mahindra Thar doesnt have such as Boot, where it can either be used for the luggage space as well as for people.
Mahindra Thar Speedometer
Thar comes with a conventional speedometer that gives it a conventional masculine look
Mahindra Thar Gear lever
Thar comes with a smooth gear lever in all models and is positioned ergonomically for driver comfort.
Mahindra Thar Cup holders
There are no cup holders provided in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.
Mahindra Thar Exteriors
The Thar immediately seemed to grab attention on the crowded and traffic infested street of this side of this metropolitan city with ease. My first stop came within two minutes to fill up diesel and that is when the reality further struck me. From the fuel attendant to other customers, all eyes were on us – the Thar and me!
For some, this might be a modified MM540 with the Scorpio engine – pure crap! There is so much more to the Thar then what some people have misconceptions about. It surely has the MM540’s classic lines like the tapering bonnet, rounded fenders, the drop-down type windshield etc. Deep down inside though, the chassis comes from the Bolero that has seen modifications to take on the MM540’s body. Changes ofcourse have been made to the chassis to hold the new power-train too. Coming back to the design, the reason almost all eye-balls were on us is the fact the Thar carries typical retro Jeep styling. Then there is the generous helping of chrome – ofcourse this isn’t really a chick magnet but we were surprised to see the number of people giving attention to the Thar while negotiating Pune’s awfully slow traffic while on our way to the shoot location. The chunky alloy wheels with 235/70 tyres look great.
Mahindra Thar Exteriors Details
Mahindra Thar Front design
Mahindra Thar is embellished with a classic signature grille in the front and very gypsy-like typical circular headlights. It has a conventional classic bold jaw-shaped front; The edgy and rectangular front glass again glorifies the retro style. The broad tyres display extreme muscularity of a jeep. There are indicators present on the extreme corners right above the wheels.
Mahindra Thar Rear design
The body frame has thicker and stronger pipes at the back which gives it a more masculine look. Mahindra Thar is given a small foot step that helps in easier entry and exit. There is also a spare tyre mounted in the back door.
Mahindra Thar Side profile
The Mahindra Thar has two side doors for front seats. The back seats are kept open for Conventional back door of a jeep. The doors are edgy and the bolts used give the vehicle a suited rugged look.
Mahindra Thar Ground Clearance
Mahindra Thar has an impressive ground Clearance of 200mm in CRDe models and 187mm in did models
Mahindra Thar Engine & Performance
The real deal however lies under the hood of the Thar. Finally there is a diesel heart that can stand up to its own in front of the likes of the 1.3-litre motor of the Gypsy. The Thar comes with two engine options but we are glad we test drove the one that has a mightier heart - a 2.5-litre turbodiesel unit that pushes out 105 horses along with 247Nm of torque from just 1800rpm onwards. The engine’s cubic capacity, bore and stroke are same as the XD3P engine though the Thar’s motor obviously is a common-rail unit. The gush of torque from low engine speeds is the secret behind making the Thar a joy to drive on all kinds of terrains. On normal roads, the torque flow takes you by surprise and you can chug along happily, overtaking traffic easily. On the roads that the Thar is really made for, all this torque comes in handy. You don’t have push the engine hard, just a tap on the throttle does its job. Pedal to metal, it takes roughly 17 seconds for the 0-100km/h dash. We didn’t really test the Thar for its top speeds stakes though it did show a quick 120km/h easily. At highway speeds, the Thar is rattle and vibration free, well almost!
The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox - it acts like a typical Mahindra Jeep and takes time getting used to!
Mahindra Thar Engine & Performance Details
Mahindra Thar Acceleration
The CRDe has a displacement of 2498 cc and the acceleration offered, reaches up to of 0-100kmph in just 17 seconds. The DI engine variant reaches from 0-100kmph in 19.5 seconds.
Mahindra Thar Top speed
the top speed in the CRDe Version is of an amazing 155 kmhour and in Di model it ranges to a whopping 140kmhour
Mahindra Thar In-gear acceleration
In-gear acceleration figures are not available for Mahindra Thar.
Mahindra Thar Gearbox
The high-performance engine of this amazing Mahindra Thar is packed with BORGWARNER 4WD (5 speed Manual Shift) system in the CRDe version. The Di 2WD and Di 4WD comes with NGT 520 (5 Forward, 1 reverse) and NGT 520(5Forward , 1 reverse) Manual Shift and 2 speed gear reduction- HIGH 1.0 1, LOW 2.461 respectively.
Mahindra Thar Mileage and Running Costs
The Thar has a 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine and is much better in terms of refienment and power and also eocnomy. Expect 12 kmpl in normal use, though hard off-roading will take its toll on the economy!
Mahindra Thar Mileage View full detail
|Mahindra Thar Diesel Variants|
|Mahindra Thar DI 4x2||18.06 kmpl|
|Mahindra Thar DI 4X4||16.55 kmpl|
|Mahindra Thar CRDe AC||16 kmpl|
Mahindra Thar Mileage Details
Mahindra Thar City fuel economy
Thar s 5 Speed Manual Transmission Gearbox gives a great mileage 11 kmpl on the city roads
Mahindra Thar Highway fuel economy
Thar gives a good mileage of 13.5 kmpl on the highways
Mahindra Thar ARAI rated economy
Mahindra Thar CRDe 4x$ gives ARAI claimed mileage of 16.55kmpl. Mahindra Thar DI 4x2 gives ARAI claimed mileage of 18.06kmpl.
Mahindra Thar Tank Range
Tank Fuel capacity of the CRDe variant is 60 litres. The other two other models Di 2D and 4 WD has fuel capacity of 45 litres.
Mahindra Thar Handling Braking & Safety
No 4x4 is complete without a suspension set-up and capable chassis that can take abuse and hard-core off-roading without letting down its owners. To start with, the ladder frame chassis suspends its front wheels independently (this helps on day to day driving) and makes use of both a torsion and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension on the other hand is of the semi elliptical leaf spring variety. This combination is standard and necessary for off-road machines. An auto hub lock does away with the old retro manual hub locks and the Thar makes use of Borg-Warner’s four-wheel drive transfer case. The 200mm ground clearance combined with approach and departure angles of 46 and 30 degrees further gives the Thar an edge on really tough terrains. The Thar inspires confidence in you and seldom makes you want to lift off the throttle even while doing crazy speeds over undulations. Grip is phenomenal and the Thar takes on bad bumps without a protest
Mahindra Thar Handling Braking & Safety Details
Mahindra Thar Handling
Mahindra Thar offers great handling with its power steering. The suspension also does good job and offer comfortable driving experience.
Mahindra Thar Braking performance
The CRDe model has Hydraulic with Tandem Master Cylinder with LCRV. Front brakes are Disc brakes and Rear ones are Drum brakes. In The DI version, Dual Hydraulic circuit with Tandem Master cylinder and vacuum assisted servo is there front and rear brakes are Disc and Drum brakes respectively.
Mahindra Thar Safety features
The Mahindra Thar has the best in class ground clearance of 200mm of the CRDe models and 187mm in the DI models which adds to safety on rough roads and terrains. The DI engine models have the Leaf spring suspension with shock absorbers and the CRDe comes with front IFS with torsion bar and stabilizer bar and Rear semi elliptical leaf spring for providing a safer ride. Mahindra Thar also comes with an engine immobilizer which ensures the engine only starts working when the correct key is inserted
Mahindra Thar ABS
ABS is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.
Mahindra Thar Traction control
No traction control is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.
Mahindra Thar Comfort & Suspension
Off the trails and back to tarmac, though the suspension doesn’t give the Thar a Scorpio rivalling ride quality, it isn’t bad either. We still have memories of the Maruti Gypsy’s ride quality on good roads and even the slightest undulation (like driving over a couple of dry leaves!) made the whole ride bumpy and uncomfortable. The Thar in this context is miles ahead. Being compact, it is quite manageable in traffic too. Infact, you would be surprised to know it’s shorter than a Hyundai i20 and just as wide.
Mahindra Thar Comfort & Suspension Details
Mahindra Thar Comfort
Thar Has optimum space for all and its rear seats can be folded for even better space. As it is an off roader, it doesnt offer much Luxury features.
Mahindra Thar Front suspension
Front IFS with Torsion bar and Stabilizer bar is present in the CRDe model and the Di models have leaf spring and shock absorbers.
Mahindra Thar Rear suspension
The CRDe model has rear semi elliptical leaf spring. The DI models have leaf springs and shock absorbers.
Mahindra Thar Specifications
Wheels & Tyres
|Tyres||235/70 R 16|
|Wheel Size||16 inch|
Mahindra Thar Price
The ex showroom price of Mahindra Thar ranges from Rs 5.04 Lakh to Rs 7.69 Lakh. Mahindra Thar is available in 3 variants. To find the on road price of Mahindra Thar you need to click on the check on road price.
Mahindra Thar has 3 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Mahindra Thar DI 4x2 which has a Diesel engine, and starts at Rs 5.04 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Mahindra Thar CRDe AC which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 7.69 Lakh .
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