2021 Mahindra Thar Galaxy Grey
It will get a smaller engine and rear-wheel drive setup

Mahindra to launch entry-level Thar 2WD next month

Mahindra is preparing to launch the most affordable variant of the Thar which will get a 2WD layout. Yes the entry-level variant will come with rear-wheel drive. Currently all the variants are offered with 4×4 system as standard.

The new variant will also come with a smaller 1.5-litre diesel engine. This will make the Thar fall under the lower tax bracket. This variant will be Rs. 2 lakh cheaper than the current base AX trim and will be priced around Rs. 11 lakhs (ex-showroom).

It will share its engine with the Mahindra Bolero Neo. The 1.5-litre diesel unit in the Bolero Neo churns out 100 BHP and 260 Nm of torque. However, Mahindra might give it a higher state of tune. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, there will be no automatic on offer.

This will be a clever move by the Indian UV maker to cater a wider audience with a more affordable lifestyle SUV. This strategy might be directly targeted towards Maruti which is readying their Jimny for Indian market launch.

Mahindra is also working on the 5-door Thar which is scheduled to launch in 2024.