Our sources tell us that Indian auto giant Mahindra & Mahindra plans to release a less expensive version of the Thar SUV with a 1.5-liter diesel engine and 2WD in January 2023. The second-generation Thar, which debuted in India on October 2, 2020, is the most sought-after off-roader in the country.
The 2.0-liter m and the 2.2-liter m are both available for the Mahindra Thar.
Stallion 150 (1,997cc, 150 horsepower, 320 Newton-meters of torque) and 2.2-liter m
Diesel Hawk 130 (2,184cc, 130bhp of maximum power, and 300Nm of peak torque). There are six different torque converter speeds available for both engines. All Thar models come equipped with 4WD as standard equipment.
Below are the variant-wise Mahindra Thar prices (ex-showroom).
Mahindra Thar Petrol MT
- AX Opt Convertible Top – Rs 13.59 lakh
- LX Hard Top – Rs 14.28 lakh
Mahindra Thar Petrol AT
- LX Convertible Top – Rs 15.74 lakh
- LX Hard Top – Rs 15.82 lakh
Mahindra Thar Diesel MT
- AX Opt Convertible Top – Rs 14.16 lakh
- AX Opt Hard Top – Rs 14.21 lakh
- LX Convertible Top – Rs 14.77 lakh
- LX Hard Top – Rs 14.87 lakh
Mahindra Thar Diesel AT
- LX AT Convertible Top – Rs 16.20 lakh
- LX AT Hard Top – Rs 16.29 lakh
The diesel 1.5-liter engine from the Mahindra Marazzo will be transferred to the Mahindra Thar. The MPV’s engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that produces 121 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The new model will only have rear-wheel drive (RWD) instead of all-wheel drive (4WD).
There is a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 28% on PVs sold in India. In addition, they must pay a cess that varies from 1% to 22% based on their total length, fuel type (petrol/diesel), and engine displacement.
A personal vehicle (PV) is subject to a 1% cess if it is shorter than 4,000mm, has a 1,200cc or smaller gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) engine, or both. Diesel vehicles with a displacement of less than 1,500cc in passenger vehicles attract 3% cess.
The Thar is 3,985mm in length, so it passes the “length test,” but it fails the “engine displacement test,” therefore a 20% cess is added to its price. This causes an increase in cost.
When the SUV is equipped with the Marazzo’s 1.5-liter diesel engine and a 2WD system, the Thar’s price will drop significantly. Since we anticipate Mahindra to price the Thar competitively, we anticipate that it will be possible to purchase one for less than 10 million rupees (ex-showroom).
Off-roading fans will soon have additional alternatives as Maruti Suzuki India prepares to unveil the 5-door Jimny at the Auto Expo 2023. The Thar 1.5-liter diesel 2WD’s most formidable competitor will be the 5-door Jimny once it is released.