You Will Now Have To Wait Until May 2021 To Drive The Mahindra Thar Home
Mahindra has said it will ramp up the new Thar’s production from 2,000 to 3,000 units per month from January 2021
Mahindra launched the second-gen Thar on October 2, 2020.
It received 20,000 bookings in the first month itself.
Bookings for the AX Std and AX variants are on hold for now.
The Thar is offered with petrol and diesel engines with both manual and automatic transmissions.
It recently secured four stars in the Global NCAP crash tests.
Mahindra has priced the SUV between Rs 9.80 lakh and Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom).
The second-gen Mahindra Thar has been witnessing a huge demand as evident by the 20,000 bookings it received in October 2020. The carmaker recently temporarily halted bookings for the more affordable AX Std and AX variants given their lower demand than the AX (O) and LX variants. Now, Pawan Goenka, Managing Director at Mahindra, has revealed that the new Thar is already sold out until May 2021.
In order to cater to such a huge demand, Mahindra has already announced that it will be increasing the Thar’s production from 2,000 to 3,000 units per month starting January 2021. The demand for the AX (O) and LX is probably high because they are the more practical variants with front-facing rear seats and the option of either a soft or hard top. Another factor that could contribute to its surge in demand is its recent four-star performance at the Global NCAP crash tests. It could also get front-facing rear seats right from its base variants.
Apart from these features, Mahindra has also equipped the second-gen Thar with keyless entry, height-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Safety features on offer include dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and rear parking sensors.
Mahindra offers the Thar with both all-new petrol and diesel engines. While the petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit good for 150PS and 300Nm (MT)/320Nm (AT), the diesel engine is a 2.2-litre unit that produces 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.
The new Thar is available in the range of Rs 9.80 lakh to Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom). While it 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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