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Mahindra Thar 2010-2015

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Things We Like in Thar 2010-2015

 Interior much better than previous Mahindra jeeps

 Looks great and has charm

 Much more refined and effciient

 Ride is improved

 Has performance and drives well

 Grip and handling is very good

Things We Dont Like in Thar 2010-2015

 Still basic and poor quality

 Lacks quality

 Not as good as other Mahindra\'s

 Gearbox takes getting used too

 Lack of safety features

Mahindra Thar 2010-2015 Colors

Thar 2010-2015 is available in 9 different colors - Glacier White, Diamond White, Napoli Black, Toreador Red, Mist Silver, Rocky Beige, Champagne, Red Rage and Sunny Beige.

  • Glacier White

  • Diamond White

  • Napoli Black

  • Toreador Red

  • Mist Silver

Mahindra Thar 2010-2015 Pictures

Review of Thar 2010-2015

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Overview

The Mahindra Thar was launched in 2010. However in 2012 it recieved some changes and feature additions. In terms of looks 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. 
 
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. 
 
The Thar has 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. Expect 12 kmpl.
 
When it comes to suspension the Thar inspires confidence in you and seldom makes you want to lift off the throttle even while doing crazy speeds over undulations. 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. 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. Grip is phenomenal and the Thar takes on bad bumps without a protest. 
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. 
 
Prices of the Thar start at Rs 4.5 lakh to 6.8 lakh. For a detailed analysis read below.

Interior

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.

Interiors Details

  • Boot Space

    Mahindra Thar doesn’t have such as Boot, where it can either be used for the luggage space as well as for people.

  • Speedometer

    Thar comes with a conventional speedometer that gives it a conventional masculine look

  • Gear Lever

    Thar comes with a smooth gear lever in all models and is positioned ergonomically for driver comfort.

  • Cup Holders

    There are no cup holders provided in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Glovebox

    Glove box is present in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Audio System

    The in-built Audio System is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Air Conditioner

    The CRDe Mahindra Thar is now loaded with an air conditioning system, keeping in mind the shortcoming of its absence in extreme weather conditions. The AC also has heater facility for providing maximum comfort. Climate control option is not applicable.

  • Arm Rests

    Arm rests are not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Air Vents

    Two sides and Two centre air-vents area available in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Seats

    All models are seven seaters. The CRDe model comes with two side facing seats in the third row. The back seats can be lifted for making more space. Adding to the comfort in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Leg Room

    Leg room is quite good in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Knee Room

    Adequate knee room is available for comfortable driving experience in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Shoulder Space

    The shoulder room is quite good and it gives a comfortable driving experience to occupants in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Head Room

    Mahindra Thar has a decent head-room for comfortable driving experience in all of its models.

  • Steering Wheel

    Thar comes with three spoke steering wheel for comfortable driving experience in all models.

  • Power Windows

    No power windows are there in Mahindra Thar, in either of the models.

  • Keyless Entry

    Keyless Entry is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Driver Information Display

    Drive Information display includes the instrument cluster with speedometer, fuel meter etc in all models of Mahindra Thar.

Exterior

 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.

Exteriors

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ground Clearance

    Mahindra Thar has an impressive ground Clearance of 200mm in CRDe models and 187mm in did models

  • Bumpers

    Thar comes with conventional black bumpers in all models.

  • Head Lamps

    Head lamps are typically circular like in the past generations of conventional jeeps.

  • Tail Lamps

    Tail lamps are rectangular and strategically placed beside both sides of the back door.

  • Fog Lamps

    Fog lamps not included in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Tyres

    Thar brings P 235/70 R 16 inch tubeless tyres, with 6.5 J in CRDe version and the DI version of Thar comes with P 185 – R 16 inch (40.6 comes) tyres.

  • Alloy Wheels

    Alloys wheels not included in any of the model of Mahindra Thar.

  • Outside Mirrors

    Outside mirrors on both sides are available in all models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Colors

    All models of Mahindra Thar are offered in seven brilliant colors namely- Rocky Beige, Toreador Red, Silver Mist, Diamond White, Fiery Black, Arctic White and Champagne.

  • Rear Wiper

    Mahindra Thar doesn't have rear wipers in any of its models.

  • Roof Rails

    Mahindra Thar doesn't have roof-rails in any of its models.

  • Sun Roof

    The Thar comes with a soft top which can be removed for a wind-in -the -hair experience.

  • Spoiler

    Mahindra Thar doesn't have spoiler in any of its models.

  • Side Steps

    Thar has a small step in the rear back door for making the entry and exit more safely.

  • Spare Wheel

    Spare wheels are mounted at the back door of Mahindra Thar in all models.

Mileage Running Cost

 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!

Mileage Running Cost

  • City Fuel Economy

    Thar ‘s 5 Speed Manual Transmission Gearbox gives a great mileage 11 kmpl on the city roads

  • Highway Fuel Economy

    Thar gives a good mileage of 13.5 kmpl on the highways

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.
 

Comfort and Suspension

  • 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 doesn’t offer much Luxury features.

  • 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.

  • Rear Suspension

    The CRDe model has rear semi elliptical leaf spring. The DI models have leaf springs and shock absorbers.

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! 

Engine Performance

  • 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.

  • Top Speed

    the top speed in the CRDe Version is of an amazing 155 km/hour and in Di model it ranges to a whopping 140km/hour

  • In Gear Acceleration

    In-gear acceleration figures are not available for 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 2.46:1 respectively.

  • Power

    Mahindra Thar comes with a CRDe Turbocharged Intercooled, 4WD diesel engine. The powerful CRDe engine is capable of providing an impressive max power of 105 HP at 3800 rpm. It also has two variants with Di engine (without common rail)

  • Torque

    Mahindra Tar's powerful turbo charged 4WD diesel engine churns out a torque of 247 Nm at 1800-2000 rpm

  • NVH Levels

    The NVH levels are slightly on the higher side in all models of Mahindra Thar.

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

Brakes and Wheels

  • Handling

    Mahindra Thar offers great handling with its power steering. The suspension also does good job and offer comfortable driving experience.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Abs

    ABS is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

  • Traction Control

    No traction control is not available in any of the models of Mahindra Thar.

User Reviews of Mahindra Thar 2010-2015

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