The country’s leading SUV vehicle manufacturer Mahindra (Mahindra) is soon ready to launch a more affordable variant of its very popular off-roader SUV Thar (Thar) in India. The upcoming SUV was recently spotted and that too undisguised. That is, there were no stickers on it to hide its look and design. Due to which all its details were revealed before the official launch of the SUV.
The entry-level variant of the Mahindra Thar is expected to be launched early next year. The new Thar will be offered with a two-wheel drive option, which will be positioned below the previously launched 4-wheel drive model. It will get 2.0-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines.
The changes in the new Thar 2WD version can be seen in a recent video. This version will miss the 4X4 badging. Apart from this, the new entry-level Thar model will be similar to the 4X4 version in terms of looks and features. Mahindra has also included an auto start/stop function and a lock/unlock button in the center console inside the Thar 2WD.
The Thar 2WD lacks a 4-wheel drive system so it is rear-wheel drive only. The 1.5-litre diesel engine being used for the Thar is the same unit that powers the XU300. But now AdBlue fluid has also been used in it. This engine produces 116 bhp at 3,500 rpm and peak torque output of 300 Nm at 1,750-2,500 rpm. The power output has been reduced by around 15 bhp but the torque output remains the same for both the engines. It is important to note here that the Thar 2WD will weigh less than the Thar 4WD. This is because of its smaller engine and it does not get a 4WD system.
What will help Mahindra in pricing the Thar 2WD, apart from the lack of a lighter engine and 4-wheel drive system, is the fact that the SUV will now get tax benefits. The 2-wheel drive Thar will appeal to those who just want a lifestyle SUV with strong road presence and do not want to take the SUV off-roading.