Mahindra Thar SUV To Be Available At Launch Prices For Bookings Made Until November 30
The price hike is estimated to range between Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000
Its introductory price ranged from Rs 9.80 lakh to Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom).
Lower-specced AX Std and AX variants’ bookings have been halted for now.
Mahindra to ramp up its production from 2,000 to 3,000 units from January 2021.
The SUV gets both petrol and diesel engines with the option of a manual or automatic gearbox.
It could soon get front-facing rear seats as standard.
We recently reported that Mahindra will be increasing the prices of the second-gen Thar from December 2020. Mahindra launched the SUV in October 2020 at an introductory price of Rs 9.80 lakh to Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The carmaker has now stated that the revised pricing will be applicable to all bookings from December.
Mahindra has said, "All fresh bookings from today (December 1, 2020) of the all-new Thar will be at a new price. The quantum of the price increase will be announced shortly.”
The price hike is expected to be in the range of Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 and should be applicable to both petrol and diesel variants. Mahindra has introduced a petrol engine with the second-gen Thar along with a new diesel. While the petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit producing 150PS and 300Nm (MT)/320Nm (AT), the diesel engine is a 2.2-litre unit that develops 130PS and 300Nm. Both the engines get a 6-speed manual unit as standard, while a 6-speed automatic can also be availed as an option. As a Thar staple, 4x4 drivetrain is standard on both the powertrains.
While the Thar is already equipped with features such as a height-adjustable driver’s seat and 7-inch infotainment system, Mahindra is looking to introduce front-facing rear seats on the lower-specced AX Std and AX variants to up the SUV’s safety quotient. That’s because its impressive four-star safety rating is only applicable with front-facing seats. The carmaker has also presently put the bookings for these variants on hold and stated that the Thar has been sold out until May next year. To cope up with the demand, Mahindra has mentioned that it will be ramping up the Thar’s production from 2,000 to 3,000 units beginning January 2021.
It recently scored 4-stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. This can be attributed to the strong safety net of the SUV that boasts of ISOFIX child seat anchors, dual front airbags, ESC with rollover mitigation, and ABS with EBD.
While the Thar doesn’t have any direct competitors as yet, it will go up against the upcoming second-gen Force Gurkha. Mahindra’s SUV also takes on similarly priced compact SUVs such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks.
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