The 2020 Mahindra Thar has been on a fairytale sales run since its launch. Currently you can't even book one, such is the demand. Today we have a Thar off-roading with the legendary Pajero.
2020 finally saw the launch of the all-new generation of the Mahindra Thar, and it has been a resounding success for the Indian UV manufacturer. More than 20,000 bookings are already in place with waiting periods stretching to over 6 months even though Mahindra has ramped up production by 50%. If you have already placed an order or have received delivery of one, then thank your stars as Mahindra has stopped taking bookings also. The 2020 Thar is the much-awaited successor to the old one which has gained legendary status among the off-roading community. The new intends to be just as good as the old one going offroad, but also to bring in much welcomed on-road improvements. Today we came across this video which sees the new Thar going off-road with a Mitsubishi Pajero.
The video has been uploaded by Waquar Chaudhary over on YouTube, in which we see an off-roading comparison between the new Mahindra Thar and the Mitsubishi Pajero SFX. When parked side by side, the Thar is wider at 1855mm than the Pajero at 1755mm. But the Mitsubishi is both taller and substantially longer at 1900mm and 4755 respectively. This is because the Pajero is a proper 7 seater SUV whereas the Thar is a strict 4-seater.
Going off-road, we can see that both the Mahindra Thar and the Mitsubishi Pajero making light work of the rough terrain. The Pajero is a beloved off-roading icon globally, achieving mostly everything it has set out to do. Compared to the Thar, its longer length is the only downside as this gives the Pajero a lower departure angle leading to the rear bottoming out in steep angles. During the test, both vehicles had to tackle an incline, with the Thar doing it in the first time while the Pajero needed more revs and a couple of tries. But it has to be noted that the Thar had to drop to 4-low in the differential, while the Pajero managed to do it in 4-high. Overall, the Thar managed to hold its own against a bonafide legend, which bodes well.
Prices for the 2020 Mahindra Thar start from Rs 9.80 lakh and go up to Rs 13.75 lakh. You can choose between 2 engine options, a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol. The oil-burner makes 130 PS/320 Nm of peak power and torque figures while the petrol makes 150 PS/320 Nm of max power and torque. You get two transmission options for both the powertrains, A 6-speed manual, and a 6-speed automatic. The new-gen Thar also comes with a low-range gearbox and a transfer case along with a mechanically-locking rear differential, which should make it as good as its beloved predecessor off-road.