Mahindra Thar 5 Door Front
The front silhouette is identical to the 3 door model

Mahindra Thar 5 door front portion nearly gets the same design as the 3 door model, the grille features the same 6 vertical slats

The front portion of the upcoming Mahindra Thar 5 door version has been spotted on test fully camouflaged for the first time. The off-roader is expected to go on sale early next year and will compete against the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5 door and the Force Gurkha 5 door.

The test mule shows a front design that’s nearly identical to the existing 3 door model. The grille gets the same 6 vertical slats. All the cuts and creases on the bonnet and bumper are reminiscent of the existing Thar.

Mahindra Thar 5 Door Front Side
The SUV gets 5-spoke Brushed Silver alloy wheels

However, the wheels are different. The test mule sports new Brushed Silver broad 5-spoke alloy wheels. The 3 door model, on the other hand, gets dual-tone Diamond-cut Black and Metallic alloy wheels.

When launched, the 5 door Thar will be a perfect weapon for group adventures, the trend that’s slowly becoming popular across the globe. In addition, it will also be a great people mover in hill stations that still rely on the defunct Mahindra long wheelbase soft top ‘Jeeps’.

Mahindra Thar 5 Door Front
The fenders are reminiscent of the 3 door Thar

The overall silhouette of the test mule looks like that of the highly-acclaimed international Jeep Wrangler. In fact, the second generation Thar has been developed actually taking inspiration from the Wrangler.

The 5 door Mahindra Thar should be offered with the same engines (2-litre turbo-petrol and 2.2-litre turbodiesel) and transmissions (6-speed manual and automatic) as the 3 door model. But, it might come with a bit more power to cope up with the added heft.

Mahindra Thar 5 Door Rear
The SUV is expected to offer a lot of space inside

It’s expected to have better boot space and, of course, a proper roof unlike the hard top of the 3 door Thar which does have a few niggles. New developments state that the 5 door Thar will come with better ride quality and, it’s also set to have a lighter steering.

The car will sport Mahindra’s proper 4-wheel-drive system and off-road oriented hardware which will make it a true SUV among similarly-sized front-wheel-drive soft-roader SUVs.

Mahindra Thar 5 Door
The 5 door model would be more liveable

Although potentially a longer wheelbase might rob some of the Thar’s off-road prowess, the trade off would be worth it, for the vehicle will be more liveable and practical. It is said that Mahindra is expecting the 5 door Thar to find a similar response as the 3 door model.

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