The highly anticipated Mahindra Thar 5-door is set to hit the market this year, potentially under the moniker “Thar Armada.” Unlike its 3-door counterpart, this SUV comes with a plethora of changes and additional features.
- The exterior showcases a redesigned grille and bumper with integrated fog lamps.
- Top variants will feature all-LED lights, including headlamps, front fender indicators, and fog lamps.
- Tail-lamps will be distinct LED units, differing from the Thar 3-door.
- Wheel options vary, with top variants sporting 19-inch diamond-cut alloys, mid-spec variants with simpler alloys, and entry-level trims with steel wheels.
- Notable additions include rear wiper setup and a remote fuel-filling cap opening, enhancing practicality.
Inside the Thar 5-door, several enhancements and additions are apparent, differentiating it from the 3-door model.
- Dashboard options include single-tone and dual-tone variants, depending on the chosen model.
- A tweaked dashboard design accommodates a larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen.
- Dual 10.25-inch digital screens are featured for infotainment and instrumentation, resembling upcoming XUV300 facelift and XUV700 designs.
- Additional comforts include push-button start, front and rear centre armrests, leatherette seat upholstery, a sunroof, and rear AC vents.
- The Thar 5-door maintains its 5-seat configuration, without plans for a third-row.
Safety is a priority in the Thar 5-door, with notable upgrades over the 3-door variant.
- Six airbags and rear wheel disc brakes replace the dual front airbags and drum brakes at the back.
- Expected additions comprise front parking sensors and a dashcam.
- No confirmation on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) or a 360-degree camera setup.
Platform, Suspension, Powertrains
Beneath the surface, the Thar 5-door shares similarities with the Scorpio N.
- Ladder frame chassis from the Scorpio N.
- Suspension setup includes a five-link system with Watt’s linkage, akin to the Scorpio N.
- Potential inclusion of Frequency Dependent Dampers for enhanced ride quality.
- Engine options mirror the Scorpio N, with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, along with 4WD and 2WD options.
Launch Timeline and Expected Pricing
Anticipated to launch around mid-2024, the Thar 5-door will be Mahindra’s significant release after the updated XUV300 in February.
- Expected starting price slightly higher than the Scorpio N, with an estimated Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).