The famed Mahindra offroader, the Thar, has received a much needed facelift and has been launched in India at an ex-showroom (Nasik) price of Rs.8,03,000. According to Mahindra, the new Thar is one with “great improvements over its predecessor” and that “all the shortcomings in the previous Thar have been completely removed”. As far as the latter part of this statement is concerned, only time will tell whether Mahindra is right on this count or not.
Coming to the details, the new Thar still carries the old 2.5 liter CRDe that was there in the previous Thar. But that is where probably the similarity between the older Thar and the newer Thar ends. Certain parts of the new Thar looks more evolved and mature in design compared to its older version. The car also sees more use of plastic on its exterior compared to earlier.
The car has received a new front and rear bumper, where the front bumper is now a new plastic-metal combo, providing better protection to the car. The new side footboard is wider and much stronger than before. Newly designed wheel arches have been added. The newly designed canopy can easily be detached, while a hardtop option has also been made available.
On the inside, the new Mahindra Thar gets a new dual tone dashboard, a 3-pod instrument cluster with tachometer, redesigned AC outlets, new floor cup holders as well as new door trims. The steering wheel and a gear knob in the new Thar have been borrowed from Mahindra Bolero.
The new Thar also offers more in terms of offroading capability with locking rear differential, sturdier frontal hooks as well as stronger rear shackles and leaf springs.