Mahindra Thar is a huge success in the Indian market. Despite being launched in 2020, it has a long wait. The manufacturer has now removed some features from the Thar. It is important to note that the prices of the Thar have not been revised since the features were removed. So the Thar starts at Rs. 13.53 lakhs ex showroom and goes up to Rs. 16.03 lakhs ex showroom.
The characteristics that Mahindra removed from the Thar are probably caused by the problem of the shortage of semiconductors and the rise in the cost of raw materials. Mahindra has removed the lumbar support adjustment knob.
A front USB charger has been removed. There used to be two USB chargers. The charger that has been removed is the fast charger. Fortunately, Mahindra has kept the 12V accessory socket. The most important addition to the Thar is the special armrest that was previously missing. Many owners complained about this and got an armrest from the aftermarket.
There used to be a metallic finish on the front and rear bumpers. That too has now been removed. This may have reduced the cost of painting the bumpers and may also save some time in the manufacturing process. Earlier, the bumper protectors of the SUV were also removed.
Another change on the new batch of Thar are the new tires. They are now Ceat Crossdrive AT band. Ceat has not yet marketed these tires. When the Thar was launched, it came with Ceat CZAR AT. Then they were changed to MRF Wanderer AT.
Both tires were offered in 255/65 R18 and 245/75 R16 sizes. Chances are the new Ceat Crossdrive tires are a downgrade from the previous set of tires to save some production costs. In the photos we also see a pillow. This is not from the factory and is probably a genuine accessory that you can get from Mahindra dealers.
No mechanical changes
There are no mechanical changes to the Thar. So it still comes with a 2.0-litre mStallion turbo petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 150 Ps maximum power and 300 Nm peak torque. The diesel engine produces 130 Ps maximum power and 300 Nm peak torque.
Both engines are offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The torque is increased to 320 Nm if you get the petrol engine with the automatic transmission. Mahindra offers the Thar as standard with a 4×4 system on both drivetrains. A low-range gearbox is also on offer.
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