It seems like the Indian UV giant has cracked the right formula with the 2020 Mahindra Thar, as the off-roader is in high demand, and the waiting period has increased to the quarter of a year. Read the complete report here.
The launch of the second-gen Mahindra Thar was the biggest one from the Indian carmaker. The 2020 Thar received a warm response from the buyers as Mahindra managed to garner over 9,000 bookings in just five days from the launch. Now, it seems like that the fondness for the 2020 Thar is increasing in multiple folds around the customers. As a result, the waiting period has increased to 3 months from what earlier was a month or so. Moreover, it is the top-spec LX trim that is in high demand. In the last-gen avatar, the major reason for the Thar's dwindling sales was the overall ownership experience.
The last-gen model was crude with hardly any creature comfort on offer. The new-gen Thar, however, is a plusher car than its predecessor. The last-gen Thar was made for the purists who used it in motorsport events or on casual off-road drives. On the road or as a daily driver, it felt rudimentary. With the new-gen model, Mahindra has managed to address all these issues. The 2020 Thar comes with coil spring at the rear in place of laminar springs of the last-gen model. Furthermore, forward-facing rear seats with a hardtop are also a part of the package.
As for the creature comfort, it now gets a 7-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay compatibility and satellite navigation. The feature list also includes cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, lumbar adjustment for front seats, automatic climate control, IP67-rated speakers, power windows, dual-front airbags, ESP, TPMS, ASB with EBD, roll-over mitigation, rear parking sensors and more.
The 2020 Thar is offered with two engine options – 2.0L turbo-petrol and 2.2L diesel. The former is capable of pushing out a rated power output of 150 Hp and max torque of 320 Nm. The diesel engine, however, belts out a rated output of 130 Hp and 300 Nm. A 4X4 layout is offered as standard fitment here. The power is channelled to the wheels via a BorgWarner transfer case that comes with a low-ratio gearbox. The 2020 Thar also gets a mechanically-locking rear differential as standard, while the brake-locking front axle is available in the top-spec trim only.