Mahindra has just revealed the All-New Thar in India and the fun-sized two-door 4×4 will land in Australia in the first half of next year.
Mahindra’s All-New Thar has just been unveiled and it’s going on sale in Australia in 2021.
Of course, the Thar looks a lot like a Jeep Wrangler, and that’s because Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has been building Jeep-based 4x4s in India since the 1950s – longer, in fact, than Jeep’s current owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
“The All-New Thar is firmly rooted in our rich automotive heritage and upholds the Mahindra DNA in its purest form,” Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD & CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said. “We are proud of our authentic SUV legacy that has been guarding the freedom of this nation by serving the armed forces since the 1950s, while simultaneously becoming the spirit of adventure and a lifestyle icon. The All-New Thar is a dynamic expression of fun, freedom and independence, and is geared up for its next adventure.”
The All-New Thar will be offered with Hard Top, Convertible Top and Soft Top roof options and with either four seats or, in India at least, a 2+4 seating configuration with inward facing rear seats.
There are two engine options: a 2.0-litre mStallion TGDi petrol engine making a claimed 112kWp and 320Nm and a 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine making a claimed 97kW and 320Nm. The diesel is the same engine used in the Mahindra Pik-Up. There are also two transmission options: a six-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual gearbox, and the Thar runs a part-time shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case.
Under its Jeep-like exterior, the Thar runs a separate chassis with an independent front suspension system and a live-axle rear with coil springs. Although it doesn’t have a live-axle up front like the Jeep Wrangler, Mahindra assures us the Thar is an off-road capable machine; the rear axle is equipped with a locker and the Thar boasts 226mm of ground clearance, a 650mm wading depth, and decent off-road angles (41.8° approach, 36.8° departure and 27° ramp-over). Tyres are 255/65R18s on alloy rims.
Check out this video of the Thar in action:
Mahindra hasn’t skimped on standard equipment, and the Thar comes with height adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar, tilt-adjustable steering, power windows, remote central locking, seven-inch “drizzle-proof” touchscreen and switchgear, Bluetooth connectivity, roof-mounted speakers, TFT multi-information display, TPMS and cruise control.
On the safety front, the Thar features ABS, dual airbags, roll-over mitigation, hill hold and hill-descent control, ISOFIX child seat points, a built-in roll cage and rear parking sensors.
The last time Mahindra offered a Jeep-based compact 4×4 in Australia was back in the early 1990s when it sold the Stockman, and only then for a three-year period before the marque left Australia before returning with the Pik-Up many years later.
Mahindra Australia Marketing Manager James Halliwell told Unsealed 4X4 that more details on the Aussie-market Thar should be announced before the end of this week. We’ll keep you posted but in the meantime you can see plenty more vidoes and images on the Mahindra Thar website here.