Here's a Mahindra Thar that went off-roading without the front bumper and ended up with a screwed-up radiator. Read more about the incident here.
In the list of off-roaders that are available in India, Mahindra Thar tops the chart with its legacy, capability, and the design, since the new-gen model looks uber cool. Moreover, it now complies with pedestrian safety regulations and AIS-145. Therefore, it comes with a chunky plastic bumper at the front, which we think is the first part that off-road enthusiasts will get rid of. However, we would advise our readers to ensure that they are not driving their new-gen examples without the front bumper. As right behind the bumper, sits the radiator and intercooler, and even a small impact would cause major damage to these parts. Here’s a YouTube video from the channel of AutoWheels India - Cars & RoadTrips, which showcases the same.
In the video, a new-gen model of the Thar can be seen attempting some off-road obstacles without the front bumper. Sadly, the Thar manages to scrapes it underbelly while attempting a deep water crossing. As a result, the radiator gets damaged and the coolant starts leaking. The all-new Thar boasts of an approach angle of 41.8 degrees, but it still managed to scrape its nose. Thus, attempting the obstacle without any protection to the front-end should be avoided. Off-road enthusiasts, generally swap the OEM bumpers of their SUVs with aftermarket units to increase the approach angle and offer more protection to parts like an intercooler, radiator, and condensers.
Mahindra Thar is offered with two engine options - 2.0L mStallion turbo-petrol motor and a 2.2L oil burner. The former is capable of putting out a peak power output of 150 Hp and 320 Nm, while the latter dishes out peak power and torque outputs of 130 Hp and 300 Nm, respectively. These engines can be had mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. It comes with a 4x4 transfer case as standard fitment across the range along with a mechanically-locking rear axle and low-ratio gearbox. Talking of the prices, the Thar retails at a starting price of Rs. 9.80 lakh and tops out at Rs. 13.55 lakh.