The Mahindras had launched the Thar in October 2010 which became popular immediately. An AC version of Mahindra Thar was introduced in 2012 as there was tough competition coming from the likes of Maruti Gypsy and the Force Gurkha.
Despite the success of the Scorpio, the Bolero and the Xylo, M&M’s most iconic SUV will be the Thar. Mahindra has given this icon, a 21st century twist.
Eye balling the toughest terrain and proceeding to blast through – it is for most Indians what a jeep stands for. A Jeep was never built for the city, till the Thar was born. Here is a Jeep that could change that perception.
Mahindra chose to keep the MM540’s design intact on the Thar. The brutal and fluff like aerodynamics and proportions are a visual treat. Aside from the glossier paint and over sized Thar logos, the Jeep looks chunky and substantial.
There are a few ergonomic issues, when we look at the interiors. For starters, the steering wheel borrowed from the Bolero is offset from the drivers’ seat which may be not immediately noticeable but could be irritant over the time. You may need some dexterity to squeeze your hand and use some of the control stalks. Of even more concern is the really shoddy built quality where the edges of some of the plastic bits look like they were attached in a hurry. There are a few exposed nuts, bolts and seat springs that can damage the unwary.
The front bucket seats are comfortable and travel a long way.
The gear box is easy to work despite its long throws. The big surprise is the fuel economy. Mahindra Thar fuel economy is 16.8 kmpl on the highways and 14.6 kmpl in the city with an overall mileage of 13.9 kmpl.
The ride is a bit harsh, but Mahindra’s engineers have solved that problem by equipping it with independent front suspension and as a result the ride quality is astonishingly good. Mahindra Thar has a ladder frame chassis with an independent front, but the rear suspension still uses leaf springs. So the passengers at the back will be thrown around.
Because of its short wheel base and high driving position, the Thar is easy to maneuver in city traffic.
Under that all so retro hood is a modern 2.5 L common rail diesel engine that produces a maximum of 105 bhp of power @ 3800 rpm and a maximum torque of 246 Nm @ 1800-2000 rpm which gives the Thar its thrilling performance. The top speed is around a 130 kmph and one can cruise along for hours. The Thar can accelerate from 0 to 100 km in 18.93 s, though this is largely irrelevant.