We already know that Mahindra & Mahindra is working on expanding the ‘Thar‘ range in the Indian market by introducing two new versions of the off-roader this year – a more affordable rear-wheel drive (2WD) version, as well as a 5-door iteration. The former is all set to be launched in India tomorrow, i.e. January 9, 2023.
A few days back, details of the upcoming Thar 2WD were leaked online, revealing that the SUV will be available with two powertrain options. The first will be the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that is currently available, which will be offered with the 6-speed AT as standard. The engine will be offered in the same state of tune as the Thar petrol AT 4×4, i.e. 150 PS/320 Nm.
However, the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine will be replaced on the more affordable Thar with a new 1.5-litre diesel motor (D117), generating 117 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque. While the torque output remains unchanged as compared to the larger 2.2-litre diesel engine, the power has dropped by 13 PS. That said, the diesel version will likely only be available with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
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Mahindra will offer the Thar 2WD with two new colour options, namely Everest White and Blazing Bronze. The latter is the same paint scheme that is offered with the XUV300 TurboSport that was launched in India last year. What’s more, the more affordable rear-wheel drive Thar will only be available with a hard top as standard, unlike the Thar 4×4 which also gets a soft-top convertible option.
Coming to the most important bit about the Thar 2WD – the price. The rear-wheel drive version will be slotted below the Thar 4×4, in a bid to make the Thar more accessible to a wider range of buyers. As of now, pricing for the Thar 4WD starts from Rs 13.59 lakh (ex-showroom) for the newly added AX (O) petrol variant. We expect pricing for the Thar 2WD to start from around Rs 10 – 11 lakh (ex-showroom).
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