As the dust settles on the success of the 3-door Mahindra Thar, anticipation is one an all-time high as Mahindra gears up to unleash its extended counterpart – the Thar 5-door.
Set to make its grand entrance in 2024, this larger and more family-friendly version promises to be a game-changer in the Indian SUV market.
Having initially been confirmed for production in 2021, the release date was pushed to 2024, a decision rooted in the overwhelming demand for the 3-door Thar.
The original Thar, introduced in 2020, has tasted resounding success in the Indian market, reaching a production milestone of 1 lakh units and counting.
The surge in demand, coupled with the introduction of a more affordable rear-wheel drive model, has led to a staggering 14,000 monthly bookings, resulting in waiting periods stretching beyond a year and a half.
Why the buzz?
So, what sets the Thar 5-door apart? No, it is not just its extended frame but a host of exciting upgrades.
The revamped front grille, adorned with a new slat pattern and a horizontal line element, ushers in a distinctive design.
LED headlamps with DRLs and LED fog lamps contribute to an aesthetic overhaul.
At the rear, while the tail lamps maintain their rectangular design, a nuanced lighting pattern adds an element of intrigue.
While the alloys may undergo a facelift, they are expected to retain a semblance of the Thar 3-door’s existing design.
Inside, the Thar 5-door promises a more luxurious experience.
A larger 10-inch infotainment system takes centre stage, complemented by a new steering wheel sourced from the Mahindra’s very own Scorpio N and XUV700.
The inclusion of front and rear armrests, along with the coveted sunroof, elevates the overall driving experience.
Under the hood, the Thar 5-door will offer both petrol and diesel models, catering to diverse preferences.
The option of an automatic and manual gearbox adds versatility to the driving experience.
With a launch expected around mid-2024, the Thar 5-door aims to carry forward the legacy of its predecessor while ushering in a new era of off-roading prowess.
As Mahindra continues to captivate enthusiasts with its innovative SUV lineup, the Thar 5-door stands poised to be a beacon of rugged sophistication, beckoning adventure-seekers to embark on a thrilling journey on and off the beaten path.