Mahindra created a significant buzz in the automotive industry with the launch of the Thar RWD. This boxy lifestyle SUV offers a simplified and affordable option for those who desire the Thar’s iconic looks without the complexities of a 4×4 system. With a starting price of Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom), the Thar RWD has captured the attention of many enthusiasts.
New Badge Design
One notable change in the Thar RWD is the introduction of a new badge. Previously, this area was left blank, but now it proudly displays an RWD badge. The font used is bold and aggressive, with the letters “R,” “W,” and the bottom half of “D” in silver color, while the top half of “D” is in red. However, some potential owners might be disappointed with this new badge, as it can easily be mistaken for an aftermarket addition. Without any other distinguishing features, it becomes challenging to differentiate the RWD model from the 4×4 variant.
MRF Wanderer A/T Tyres
The Thar RWD is seen with MRF Wanderer A/T tyres in the provided images. Initially, Mahindra partnered with CEAT and offered Czar A/T tyres at launch. After a few months, Mahindra switched to MRF Wanderer A/T tyres, only to return to CEAT CrossDrive A/T tyres later. Now, it appears that Mahindra has once again switched back to MRF Wanderer A/T tyres, possibly due to availability issues. However, considering that RWD models rarely venture off-road, some enthusiasts may prefer the use of H/T tyres for reduced road noise.
Changes in Features
From June 2022, Mahindra made a few changes to the Thar RWD. Lumbar adjustment and one USB charging port were removed, and the bumpers were no longer painted. These modifications aimed to streamline the offering and potentially reduce costs. However, these changes may disappoint some potential buyers who were expecting a more feature-rich experience.
Unchanged Mechanical Package
Despite the new badge and tyre changes, the Mahindra Thar RWD retains its popularity as a lifestyle off-roader. The powertrain options include a 1.5L turbo diesel engine (117 bhp, 300 Nm, 6MT, RWD), a 2.0L turbo petrol engine (150 bhp, 320 Nm, 6MT, 6TC, RWD, 4WD), and a 2.2L turbo diesel engine (130 bhp, 300 Nm, 6MT, 6TC, 4WD).
Currently, convertible top and hardtop variants are available, with Mahindra also preparing to introduce a soft top variant in the future. The Thar RWD’s mechanical package remains unchanged, ensuring it delivers the same off-roading capabilities as its 4×4 counterpart.
The Mahindra Thar RWD has disrupted the automotive industry with its affordable and simplified offering. While the new badge design and tyre changes might not please everyone, the Thar RWD continues to be a highly desirable SUV for those seeking style and a taste of off-road adventure. With its range of powertrain options and forthcoming soft top variant, the Thar RWD caters to the diverse preferences of enthusiasts. The current price range for the Thar RWD is between Rs. 10.54 lakh and Rs. 16.77 lakh (ex-showroom).