The second-gen Mahindra Thar is currently one of the most capable off-roaders you can buy under Rs 20 lakh, but sometimes it can also reach its limits. Take a look at this video where a new Thar has managed to get stuck in thick snow.
The second-generation Mahindra Thar has been one of the most in-demand vehicles in the Indian market since its launch last year. It has over 30,000 bookings and waiting periods currently stretch to over 10 months. Even though Mahindra has increased production by 50%, it has been struggling to meet up with the demand. In fact, the automaker has stopped taking new bookings for the Thar. The first-generation Thar has reached a legendary figure among the off-road community, and the new one is aiming to be just as good but with the addition of much needed better on-road ride and handling and a much-improved cabin with modern features and creature comforts for longer drives. Today we came across this video of a second-generation Thar which managed to get itself stuck in thick snow.
The video has been uploaded by Ajeesh Kuttan on YouTube in which we can see a second-generation Mahindra Thar getting stuck in the snow. The Thar’s driver can be seen trying to drag himself out but was unable to. As you’ll notice, all four wheels of the 4x4 are entrenched in the thick snow and because of it not finding any traction, it can’t get free. Also, according to later information, the driver of the Thar was a novice and had driven into the snow to try out the 4x4 system. The front wheels of the SUV have dug themselves deeper in the snow in trying to get free, and because of this, the weight balance has tipped to the front. This has led to the rear wheels finding no purchasable traction as well. Because of this situation, the usual tricks of a wooden plank or snow chains weren’t able to give the needed traction to get the Thar out. After several failed attempts, a Toyota Fortuner has to help the Thar out. Tying to the tow hook of the Thar, the Fortuner slowly reverses to pull the Thar out quite easily as it had enough traction to pull the stricken 4x4 out.
The new Mahindra Thar is priced between Rs 12.10 lakh – Rs 14.15 lakh, ex-showroom. Mahindra has actually hiked prices and also discontinued the launch base variants as no one was buying them. The new Thar comes with 2 engine options, a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a 2-litre turbo-petrol. The oil-burner makes 130 PS/320 Nm of peak figures while the petrol makes 150 PS/320 Nm of max figures. Transmission options for both the powertrains are a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with a low range box. You also get a transfer case and a mechanically locking centre differential as well.