Indian company Mahindra has unveiled the second generation Thar SUV. This model is a budget copy of the Jeep Wrangler. It is interesting that if the predecessor repeated the “American” both in terms of design and technically, now the similarity between the cars is exclusively external.
Outside, the Mahindra Thar 2021 repeats the aforementioned Wrangler in many ways, but the Indian version has a slightly different grille, and the LED lights are located just below. Plus, the plastic body kit put on the model here is more reminiscent of the early Jeep models than the modern Wrangler.
The design of the interior of Mahindra Thar is also largely copied from its American counterpart, and the developers mainly used easy-washable and wear-resistant materials for the interior decoration. The list of auto equipment includes an analog tidy with an on-board computer screen between the speedometer and tachometer scales, as well as a modern multimedia system.
The latter has a 7.0-inch touchscreen display and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interfaces, plus USB and AUX ports, climate control, cruise control and power windows are available. In technical terms, the SUV is built on the basis of a new spar frame. At the front, an independent spring suspension with double wishbones is now involved, and a continuous axle is retained at the rear.
It is reported that on cars with 18-inch wheels, the ground clearance is 226 mm, while the ford depth is declared at 650 millimeters. The model also boasts a high geometric cross-country ability: the angles of entry and exit are 42 and 37 degrees, respectively.
You can order Mahindra Thar either with a new 2.0-liter petrol turbo engine with a capacity of 150 hp. (320 Nm), or with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel for 130 forces (300 Nm). These units can work both with a six-speed manual and with a similar automatic Aisin. The drive is already complete in the base – with a rigidly connected front axle, a mechanical rear differential lock and a reduction gear.
Like the Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Mahindra Thar in the new body will be offered in several configurations at once. For example, the car can be ordered with a hard or soft top, as well as with easily removable side doors and a hinged rear window. But the off-road version of the Rubicon type is not provided. In addition, the appearance of a long-wheelbase four-door version is still in question.
Sales of new items in India are scheduled for October twentieth, and later the geography of sales of the model will be expanded. According to local journalists, the SUV will cost at least five times less than the original Wrangler, that is, no more than 1.2 million rupees (1.17 million rubles).
In addition, a kind of super-budget version for 900,000 rupees (approximately 876,000 rubles) is now in development, which will be offered exclusively with 16-inch wheels and a soft top.