Mahindra Thar Wanderlust Review
Car Tested: Mahindra Thar Wanderlust; Road Test No. 941
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 20 lakhs (including donor car)
The Wanderlust turns more heads than those exotic Italian supercars, it is that eye-catching on the road
When it comes to the Mahindra Thar, it is hard to see one plying on our roads in bone stock condition. In the first place, this off-roader is bought either for unleashing its off-road capabilities or for making a statement with its rugged image. Thus, a majority of Thar owners spruce up their rides to suit their purpose. Looking at this trend, the Indian carmaker has come up with their in-house customisation wing with the name of Mahindra Customs that transforms the character of the Thar. Last year, we drove the Daybreak edition which was quite a lot of fun and this time around, we drove the Wanderlust edition that was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. What are the modifications and how does it feel to drive? We find out.
Motor Quest: The Mahindra Thar is a popular lifestyle vehicle for enthusiasts who like to arrive in style or drive something unique. In order to make the modification process simple, Mahindra does in-house modifications as per the customer’s choice. The Thar Daybreak and Wanderlust are some of the examples of such extreme modifications from Mahindra.
Exteriors – The overall stance of the standard Thar can be seen in the Wanderlust. However, it seems that the automaker has let all hell break loose while designing this one because that is the level of extensive modifications the SUV’s exterior gets. For starters, there is the new electric matte blue paint finish which looks absolutely cool! The next thing that will catch your attention are the massive 33-inch Renegade Radar tyres with the fifth wheel being placed at the rear as in the Daybreak edition. Besides that, there are other modern design elements like projector headlights with LED DRLs. The front fascia gets a contrast silver finishing and houses the 7-slat grille, fog lights, tow hooks and a metal bumper with a winch as seen on the Daybreak edition.
The Wanderlust looks like a large-scale RC toy with all these funky modifications
At the sides, there are wing mirrors, high lift jack and the party trick in the Wanderlust edition are the rear gullwing-style doors that give access to the rear seats. The rear end gets a metal bumper, marker lights, two jerrycans and twin protruding exhausts. The rear windscreen is partly covered by the spare tyre and is relatively of no use courtesy its small size. The customised SUV is available with a hard top.