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New GST council norms remove Mahindra Thar from SUV category; Price-cuts expected

The New Year of 2023 is speeding toward us, and the GST council has sprung an early surprise on fans of the Mahindra Thar. Major revisions to the SUV definition in India were implemented by the GST council. Due to the revised criteria, the tax on the Mahindra Thar dropped from the SUV bracket to the minivan bracket.

It’s no secret that Mahindra Thar dominates the market when it comes to popularity. It’s one of the best four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicles on the market right now. The 2020 model year saw a refresh for the Mahindra Thar, which boosted the company’s profile in the sport utility vehicle market. Mahindra Thar can currently be purchased in India for INR 13,58 lakh (about $19,600).

A vehicle must meet the requirements set forth by the GST council in order to be classified as an SUV in India. An SUV is defined as a vehicle with a length greater than 4,000mm, an engine displacement greater than 1,500cc, and a ground clearance greater than 170mm. Cars that don’t match all of these criteria aren’t SUVs. Two of these conditions are met by Mahindra Thar. Both of its engines have displacements of over 1,500cc, and it has a ground clearance of 226mm. However, at only 3,985mm in length, it does not meet the GST council’s requirements for an SUV.

Concerning fiscal ramifications, the council has disclosed that SUVs in India will be subject to 28% GST obligation and 22% cess, or 50% total tax. The length, fuel type (petrol or diesel), and engine size all affect how much cess you’ll need. Cesses will be reduced for vehicles that do not fall within the SUV class. As Mahindra Thar is no longer included in the SUV subsegment, its on-road prices will drop dramatically. Those looking to purchase a car in the new year can do so at reduced prices by reserving a Mahindra Thar from a local dealership.

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Q1. Does Mahindra Thar come in diesel variant?

Ans. Yes, Mahindra Thar is available in petrol and diesel variants both. Customers can buy either of the two based on their budget and preference.

Q2. When was Mahindra Thar launched?

Ans. Mahindra Launched Mahindra Thar in India on October 4, 2010. The car is very popular in the SUV category.

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