The all-new, 2nd generation Mahindra Thar SUV’s deliveries have officially begun. The very first Thar that belongs to Akash Minda, the man who bought the first Thar in an auction for Rs. 1.11 crores, has just taken delivery of his latest ride. The money that Mr. Minda paid in the auction for the copper coloured Mahindra Thar will go towards charity. Now that the first Thar bearing the serial number 1 has been delivered, expect to see many more Thars to be delivered in the coming days as production has commenced, and dealer dispatches have begun. Owing to the high demand, certain variants of the all-new Thar are commanding waiting times of up to five months. In other words, if you book the top-end LX Diesel Automatic or Petrol Automatic trims, you may have to wait up to March 2021 to take delivery of your vehicle. Waiting times vary across states. Some states with lower demand have shorter waiting times while others have longer waiting times due to a deluge of bookings.
Prices for the all-new Mahindra Thar start from Rs. 9.8 lakh, ex-showroom. The new Mahindra Thar represents a quantum leap over the outgoing model, and is available in a range of variants to suit multiple budgets and buyer needs. The entry level AX trims are aimed at those who need a sturdy 4X4 for use off the road/farms. The AX STD trim get steel wheels, soft top and a more basic seat of features. It is available with a single engine option: the 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol putting out 150 Bhp-300 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard, and so is a four wheel drive transfer case.
Standard safety features include twin airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder and speed alerts. The AX STD trim, like the other AX trims seats six people and comes with side-facing bench seats for the rear passengers. The regular AX trim is also offered with the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 130 Bhp-300 Nm. The diesel engine also gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard.
Higher variants of the Thar called LX are available with 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options on both the turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. The LX trims also add a hard top, a four seat layout with front facing seats for the rear passengers, and a host of safety features and creature comforts. Mahindra will not just sell the new Thar in India but will export the off roader to countries across the world. The Thar is also available in a convertible trim, whose soft top can be removed in minutes, and put back on just as easily.