Mahindra and Mahindra is a well famed automobile brand, which is known for producing utility vehicles in both passenger and commercial segment. It is among those to bring the most affordable off-roaders to the country's automobile market. In the year 2010, it introduced Mahindra Thar to the off-road aficionados of our nation. Ever since, it has not received any update whether it is styling, comfort, safety or technical specifications. After a long time now, they have now introduced its refurbished version with notable changes to its exteriors and quality. However, it continue to be available with the same diesel engine options like its predecessor. One of them is the 2.5-litre DI (direct injection) based mill that churns out 63bhp. This mill of the base as well as the mid range trims and is mated with five speed manual gearbox. The top end is fitted with a powerful 2.5-litre CRDe diesel power-train that is capable of unleashing 105bhp. As for its drive type, its mid and high end line-up is available with 4x4 mechanism that allows the vehicle to perform better while off-roading. To enhance the off-road driving, the company is now offering 'Mlocker' as an optional feature, which is composed by Eaton. It is nothing but a mechanical locking system that is helpful to get rid of stickiest grounds, while driving. Coming to the updates, it gets restyled bumpers, along with fender extensions. There is a large tilted foot rest at the rear end for easy ingress into vehicle. The interior section gets majority of changes in the form of a dual tone dashboard, newly designed air vents with silver finish and a smart looking instrument cluster. The seats have got wider with improved cushioning that eventually provides better comfort to the occupants. The manufacturer has borrowed some aspects like its steering wheel, air conditioning controls, gear lever and hand brake from their Bolero SUV. However, most of these changes have been given to the top end variant only. Apart from this, all the others have been retained from its forerunner. In terms of safety, it has a superior MM body shell with modified inner shell that helps protect the occupants from impact. It also gets superior suspension, which is an aspect that helps to keep it stable on all grounds. This SUV has a segment of its own, where there are no notable names to give it a tough competition. However, Force Gurkha is the one that could eat up a certain percentile of its sales.
This off-roader has all the exterior elements that makes it appear like a pure sports utility vehicle. The manufacturer has made a few worthy changes to its exteriors, while retaining its signature body structure. It gets redesigned bumpers with plastic shape. At the same time, it gets new fender extensions that compliments its new look. The classy round shaped headlight cluster has been retained with the radiator grille. Also there is no change made to the bonnet and it continues to have a flat surface with curvy edges. The windscreen is quite wide yet small, which is another signature exterior aspect. The company's lettering has been given on the lower central section of the windscreen frame. Coming to the sides, it has specifically form of fenders for adding bold appeal to the sides. These fenders get a pronounced layout, which is the only update you can notice on the side facet. They are mated with a sturdy set of steel rims, which the door panels are also retained with an expressive pattern on them. They are hinged like its predecessor, which keeps its classy appeal. The outside rear view mirrors have black caps and they are manually adjustable. The rear section too have received some minor update in the form of modified canopy. Like the front bumper, its rear one too has plastic and metal combination that enhances its elegance. The boxy taillight cluster is carried out from its predecessor that houses brake lamps with courtesy light and turn indicator.
Like its predecessor, this newly launched off-roader has an overall length measuring 3920mm with a width 1726mm. Its has a generous height standing at 1930mm and a minimum ground clearance of 200mm. Its front track measures about 1445mm and the rear one at 1346mm. However, the variants with DI mill has a width of 1640mm, front track of 1314mm and a rear track of 1295mm. Its wheelbase measures about 2430mm, which is not really a worry, since it has a different seating configuration. Moreover, its approach angle of 46 degrees and departure angle of 30 degrees helps it to deal with terrains.
Ed's take : The interiors of the Thar are bare and basic. It hasn’t been designed to give you the best comfort, but for you to enjoy off-roading. It now comes with the option of AC too .
This latest line-up gets a modified internal cabin that appears more appealing than the outgoing ones. Its cockpit houses a new dashboard that is done up in a 2-tone color scheme. It gets a restructured floor console that houses a handbrake with a gearbox console. The instrument cluster has a new three-tube outline with chrome accents on it. The central console too has undergone some tweaks and is now embedded with 'Thar' lettering that emphasizes its dynamic appeal. The air conditioning vents too have been restructured and they have been decorated with metallic surround. The steering wheel has been replaced with the one that is in the Bolero and is decorated with metallic inserts too. Apart from this, it has got some tweaks to the seats by widening them and by adding more cushion for enhanced comfort. Its gearshift knob gets a leatherette cover, which gives a premium appeal to the cabin. Meanwhile, all the remaining of the cabin have been retained from the outgoing version. It seems like a compact vehicle with limited seating facility, but the company claims that it can accommodate at least seven occupants. It has front facing seats in the cockpit and two side facing bench seats at the rear.
This is an SUV, which is meant for pure off-roading and adventure. However, it falls behind in terms of comfort even after receiving some new components. Its cockpit section gets a new form of instrument cluster with three round shaped analogue meters like speedometer, rpm meter, fuel gauge and few more notifications lamps. This latest range gets the heating, ventilation and air conditioning borrowed from Bolero SUV. This is helpful for keeping the ambiance pleasant. Its controls are placed within the reach of driver that adds to the convenience. Now, the automaker has also added cup holders in the floor console. Driving this off-roader is simple, all thanks to the integral power assisted steering that can support a turning radius of just 5.25 meters. It comes as standard for the mid range and top end. It runs on rear wheel drive mechanism that optimizes the power delivery and makes driving even simpler. It is also offered with a premium soft top canopy that ensures that the interiors won't resemble like exteriors after mud-bashing. These are necessary for every off-road vehicle.
This SUV has ample space to give all its occupants comfort inside. Only the front cabin occupants can have better leg and shoulder space, as rear cabin has side facing bench seats with lesser leg room. It is also embedded with a massive fuel tank of 60-litres, which is perhaps one of the biggest in this segment.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's take: The acceleration produced by the Thar is good, and it has a nice spread of torque. The DI is heavier as it has front leaf springs too.
This is the area where we cannot expect the Thar to be good, since it is a pure off-road SUV. The variant with the 'DI' based motor can reach a top speed of approximately 150 Kmph, while accelerating from 0 to 100 Kmph in about 16 seconds. The 2498cc CRDe engine can break the 100 Kmph barrier in about 13 to 14 seconds and reaches a top speed of 160 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
Ed's take: The performance of the Thar is good and we love the way the engine pulls despite being in a higher gear. This makes it easy to pull the car when stuck while off-roading.
Like its predecessor, this newly launched modified range is available with two diesel engine options. Its base and the mid range are equipped with a 2.5-litre MDI 320TC L that has a displacement capacity of 2523cc. This is a four cylinder mill is integrated with a direct injection fuel supply system technology for optimum output. It can churn out 63bhp in combination with a pounding torque of 182.5Nm between just 1500 to 1800rpm. Its transmission duties are handled by a NGT 520, 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. Additionally, its mid range gets a manual shift transfer case with 2-speed gear levels. With this, the torque output is distributed to all its four wheels. The other mill is a 2.5-litre CRDe motor that is integrated with a common rail direct fuel injection technology. It also runs on a DOHC based valve configuration with four cylinders and 16-valves. It has the ability to generate an output of 105bhp at 3800rpm in combination with a hammering torque of 247Nm between 1800 to 2000rpm. This plant is mated to an advanced NGT 530R, 5-speed manual gearbox. It is accompanied by a BORGWARNER manual shift transfer case for distributing output to all four wheels.
Ed's take: The fuel efficiency of the Mahindra Thar is good, as the off-roader returns about 9km to every litre on an average. The DI engine is a lot more frugal.
The company has made no changes to the technical specifications and retained the same oil burners. The MDI 3200TC L engine has direct fuel injection technology. This 2523cc powerhouse has the ability to give away a maximum mileage of 18.06 Kmpl (for 4x2) and 16.55 Kmpl (for 4x4). The other one is the CRDe that has common rail direct fuel injection system. This has the ability to give away a peak mileage of 18.06 Kmpl.
Power of Mahindra Thar
Ed's take: The power produced by the engine is good, but it is the low-end torque that gives that kick. The DI is lesser powerful than the CRDe, but the power produced by it is sufficient.
Both the oil-burners comprise of 4-cylinders and 16-valves based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. The base and mid level are fitted with a 2523cc drive-train, which is capable of producing a maximum yield of 63bhp with a pounding torque of 182.5Nm. However, the 2498cc one is more capable, as it unleashes 105bhp that results in a hammering torque of 247Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's take: The Thar now comes with a music system and AC in its top of the line version. Other than this, there are no other features on the Thar for your comfort.
This off-road king is available with an option to customize its interiors with various components. Its central console sports a 2-DIN touchscreen audio unit featuring GPS and an MP3 player. In addition to this, one can also opt for AUX-In, USB with various other utilities. Some of these include custom built central console with bottle holders, storage zones, leather cover for steering wheel and so on. At the same time, there is also a choice to customize the exteriors with various styling categories including grille, wheels, tyres and fenders.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's take: The handling characteristics of the Thar aren’t great as it is design for off-road than quick driving on the road. But off the road it is fantastic.
The variants with this DI based drive-train have a dual circuit braking system with tandem master cylinder and vacuum assisted servo. While the top end trim gets hydraulic braking mechanism featuring tandem master cylinder with LCRV (load conscious regulating valve). One common thing is that all the variants have their front wheels with disc brakes and the rear ones are assembled with drum brakes, which performs well. Its entry level and mid range are blessed with leaf spring suspension for both front and rear axles. While the top end gets an independent front suspension and the rear axle is assembled with semi elliptical leaf spring.
Safety & Security
Ed's take: The Thar doesn’t get airbags as safety. The chassis is also ladder frame with a lot of metal on it. Hence, it doesn’t even have crumble zone on it.
It is built with a ladder frame chassis, which is even trusted by Indian Military. This makes it capable of withstanding any obstruction on any terrain. It also has wide tyres in its segment that offers excellent grip on slippery roads. It has a immobilizer, which is essential for protecting from theft. Other protective facets are seatbelts, 9 inch boosters with disc brakes, halogen headlamps and turn indicators.
Entire series get a set of 16 inch steel wheel. As for the tyres, its top end gets slightly bigger ones of size P235/70 R16, while the remaining two trims get a sturdy set of P185 R16 sized tyres. Buyers can also opt for a stylish set of alloy rims with wide radials that changes the entire appearance of this off-roader.
1. Its off-road capabilities are remarkable.
2. Performance of the CRDe mill is outstanding.
3. Low maintenance cost is its advantage.
4. Initial cost of ownership is very affordable.
5. After sales service network is good.
1. Exterior updates are not as attractive as expected.
2. Safety and comfort can be improved.
3. Optional features can be given as standard.
4. Rear cabin seating can be comfortable.
5. Power and acceleration of DI motor can be improved.
Mahindra Thar price
|DI 4X2 PS |
|5,88,874 ||5,73,150 ||6,36,563 ||5,81,561 ||5,80,703 ||5,92,458 ||6,04,000
|DI 4X2 |
|6,13,331 ||6,15,837 ||- ||5,31,308 ||6,05,377 ||5,67,627 ||6,29,126
|DI 4X4 |
|6,41,192 ||6,69,086 ||6,92,078 ||6,34,809 ||6,33,486 ||6,45,706 ||6,57,776
|8,85,183 ||8,88,743 ||9,13,516 ||8,91,452 ||8,69,507 ||8,87,409 ||9,20,646