Mahindra Thar 4×2 to launch next month with a new engine
Mahindra Thar 4×2 spotted, starts arriving at dealerships, launch in January 2023. The Indian UV maker is preparing to launch the more affordable entry-level variant of the lifestyle SUV.
Currently the Thar is offered with 4×4 as standard across all the trims. The new 4×2 variant with a more attractive price tag will cater to a wider audience.
It will come with a new 1.5-litre diesel engine borrowed from the XUV300 that produces 115 BHP and 300 Nm of torque. It will be available with both 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options.
Along with this Mahindra will continue to offer the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 150 BHP and 300/320 Nm of torque. Yes, the petrol version too will get both 6-speed manual and automatic options.
Now with the 1.5-litre diesel mill, the entry-level Thar will come under the lower tax bracket and hence will get a pricing of around Rs. 10-11 lakhs (ex-showroom).
This setup makes it much more attractive for buyers who don’t go off-road and want the lifestyle appeal of the SUV.
There are no major changes in this version. The exterior doesn’t get the 4×2 badging. The interior gets additional storage space instead of the 4×4 lever.
This smart move by Mahindra comes ahead of the Maruti Jimny launch. While the Jimny will be targeted to a different set of buyers with a lower price range and 5-door setup, the Thar 4×2 might still eat into its sales.
Dealer level bookings might have started by now as the car has been spotted in a stockyard.