The Mahindra Thar is an off-roading capable SUV with aggressive styling, refined and powerful engine, 4WD drivetrain and go anywhere character. Under the hood, it gets a 2.5-litre diesel engine that belts out 105bhp and 247Nm. The power is transmitted via a five-speed manual transmission gearbox to either rear wheels or all four-wheels, depending upon the variant being chosen.
The Mahindra Thar range is available in three trim levels spread across two engine and one manual transmission options. Besides, the rugged SUV is offered with two and four wheel drivetrain system. The range topping CRDe trim underwent a facelift lately featuring vital tweaks made to the exterior and interior. Under the hood it comes with a BSIV compliant 2.5 litre engine unlike the DI variant that houses a BS III compliant unit. While the engine output remains unchanged, the new CRDe variant gets 4WD as standard.
Mahindra Thar Exteriors
In terms of looks there is a clear difference between the two variants; on one hand the CRDe variant with all new additions looks dapper, while on the other hand the DI trim sticks to the mundane styling. In front, the DI variant gets a classic grille, round shaped head lamps and large air-dams. While the CRDe trims comes with an assertive bumper, muscular wheel arches, reworked canopy and tubular side footsteps.
Mahindra Thar Interiors
Inside the cabin the DI variant misses out on additional features available on the CRDe trim such as new black-beige dashboard, sporty 3-pod instrument cluster, revamped centre bezel, revised AC vents, new lockable glove box, floor console with cup holders, new steering wheel, new gear knob, wider seats, new door trims and windshield demister.
Mahindra Thar Engine Specifications & Transmission
The DI variant gets a 2523cc, BSIII compliant engine putting out 63bhp along with 182.5Nm torque between 1500 to 1800rpm. Developing substantially more power, the 2498cc, BSIV compliant engine powering CRDe trim is good for 105bhp at 3800rpm and 247Nm of torque between 1800 to 2000rpm. Both engines come mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The four wheel drive system is optional in the DI trim, whereas the CRDe trim gets a standard manual shift on fly 4WD system with high & low ratios.
Mahindra Thar Features
Dimensionally, the CRDe trim is larger and gets a handful of additional features missing on the DI variant like the sporty bumper and wheel arches, clear lens headlamps, redesigned canopy and side footsteps. Inside the cabin dual tone dashboard and multi directional AC vents are missing on the DI trim. Seating layout in both the variants is different; the CRDe trim offers space for six people and DI trim features seven seat layout.
Mahindra Thar Performance & Mileage
The ARAI rated fuel economy for the DI variant is 16km/l and for CRDe variant it is around 16.55km/l.
Mahindra Thar Accessories and Infotainment
There is a provision for 2-DIN music system on the CRDe variant and Mahindra also offers a bunch of accessories and customization options on the variant.
Mahindra Thar Braking and Handling
Braking power is derived from disc brakes in front axle and drum units in rear axle.
Mahindra Thar Safety & Security
The range topping trim gets mechanical locking differential, auto-locking hubs and digital immobilizer.
Mahindra Thar Comfort & Convenience
Comfort features common in both variants include lockable glove box and side-facing foldable rear seats. Other features such as air conditioner with heater, wider front seats, door trims with arm rests, independent front suspension, windshield demister, floor console with cup holders, 3-pod instrument cluster and 12V power outlet are missing on the DI variant.
Mahindra Thar Wheels & Tyres
The CRDe trim gets P 235/70 R16 tubeless tyres. The 4WD version of DI features 6.00-16 NDMS tyres and the 2WD version gets 185/85 R16 tyres.
Mahindra Thar Competition
There is no direct competition for this SUV, but considering the price bracket it falls in and the meagre feature list it offers the off-roader goes up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Gypsy and Force Gurkha.