All-new Mahindra Thar comes with washable interior while the touchscreen infotainment unit is dust and drizzle resistant. Here's a video showcasing both of these aspects of the new-gen Thar.
Mahindra Thar enjoys a strong cult in India. The new-gen model is doing great on the sales chart as well. Over 15,000 units of the new-gen Thar were reportedly booked in less than a month. Also, Mahindra claims that over 50 per cent on total bookings are made by first-time car buyers. A big reason for this paradigm shift in Thar’s customer base is its increased everyday usability. The Thar now comes with all the bells and whistles that are generally seen on a C-segment SUV. This time around, Mahindra is offering the Thar with an optional convertible soft top as well. Interestingly, all this has made its way in the new-gen Thar without comprising its off-road credentials. How was it possible for Mahindra?
Simple, the interior of the Thar is now IP54 rated. It is drizzle resistant, and the floorboard comes with drain plugs. It can be seen in the video above, the floor of the all-new Thar can be washed, and all the dirt and grime can be hosed down by removing the drain plugs. Furthermore, the electric components are dust and drizzle resistant. However, they cannot withstand heavy rains.
The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit of the new-gen Thar also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. It provides with crucial stats when going off the road, such as inclination angle, banking angle, and steering angle. Moreover, it shows an animation showcasing the wheels and drivetrain of the car. The design and fit-finish levels of the dashboard and other elements of the cabin are on par in comparison to the last-gen model.
All-new Thar is offered with two engine choices – 2.0L turbo-petrol and 2.2L turbo-diesel. The former is rated to put out a peak power output of 150 Hp and 320 Nm. The oil burner, however, develops a peak power output of 130 Hp and 300 Nm. The gearbox options on the all-new Thar include a 6-speed MT and 6-speed automatic. Also, the Thar gets a BorgWarner 4X4 transfer case with low-range gearbox as standard fitment across the range, along with a mechanically-locking rear differential. The front brake-locking, however, is limited to the top-spec LX trim.