Mahindra is looking to add an entry-level variant to the Mahindra Thar lineup in January. The entry-level variant will get a two-wheel drive as opposed to the four-wheel drive that comes as standard across the lineup. Mahindra is also introducing a new 1.5-litre diesel powertrain option for the Thar.
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Mahindra Thar: New powertrain options, 2WD, and more
The new entry-level Mahindra Thar variant comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that can produce a maximum power output of 117hp. This engine is also found on Mahindra Marazzo. It will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with no option for an automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre engine gives Mahindra certain tax advantages that drive the overall price low. Currently, Mahindra Thar is available in two powertrain options: 2.2-litre mHawk and diesel engine and 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine
The 1.5-litre diesel engine configuration will only be offered with 2WD, even for higher variants. Mahindra will also provide the 2WD setup on the variants with 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. These variants will also get the six-speed manual transmission only. Recent spy shots of the entry-level Thar variant reveal extra storage space where the low-range gear level typically is.
The 5-door Mahindra Thar was also spied on recently, with more details about its interior coming to light. It sports the same dashboard layout and design as its 3-door counterpart. There are some upgrades in front-row seating in the form of an armrest, a sunglasses holder, and a grab handle on the driver’s A-pillar. There may also be some additional storage space below the armrest.
The new entry-level 2WD variant of the Mahindra Thar will cost around Rs 11 lakh. Mahindra could launch the new entry-level variant along with its new 5-door version of the Thar. Currently, Mahindra Thar rivals other lifestyle SUVs like Maruti Suzuki Jimny and Force Gurkha.