For a while now, Mahindra has been conducting tests on the highly-awaited Thar 5-door. Pictures of the vehicle undergoing road trials have surfaced online on several occasions. Recently, prior to its official launch, the new 5-door model was captured on camera, giving us a glimpse of its larger touchscreen infotainment system. While the new Thar 5-door will share many similarities with its 3-door counterpart, the forthcoming SUV is also said to come with diverse additional features such as a bigger infotainment unit. The automaker currently makes available the 7-inch touchscreen head unit in the 3-door version of the car. Based on leaked photos, it appears that the new Mahindra vehicle will feature a floating infotainment system that is full-screen without any big bezels. Although there is no official confirmation, industry reports suggest that the device may be approximately 10 inches in size and support wireless Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and other technology-related features.
Mahindra Thar 5-door: Powertrain
In terms of engine, the Thar with its five-door look will provide the same choices as its 3-door sibling. It will come with a choice of a 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 150bhp and 300–320Nm and a 2.2-litre diesel mill that generates 130bhp and 300Nm. For transmission, the engines are expected to get both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox option.
Mahindra Thar 5-door: Market Availability & Price Expectation
Mahindra officially confirmed that its much-awaited Thar 5-door will be launched in the country next year. According to some market reports that previously circulated online, the highly-anticipated Thar's 5-door version was to go on sale this year, but Rajesh Jejurikar, Mahindra's Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (Auto and Farm Sector), put an end to such rumours by saying that the brand has no intention of bringing the model to market in this year. He further added that the five-door model will go on sale in CY24.
Price-wise, the upcoming Thar in the new avatar is expected to fetch a price that ranges from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 18 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom.
Mahindra Thar.e Electric Makes Global Debut
At its yearly Futurescape event in Cape Town, South Africa, the automaker took the wraps off the Thar EV concept on August 15. Dubbed the Thar.e, the concept car flaunted modified vertically stacked tail lamps that are LED-equipped, square LED headlights, a rectangular grille that has Thar.e written across it, and other unique features. The model will sit on a new INGLO-P1 platform that according to Mahindra has been developed and engineered with an intent to attain a full 5-star Global NCAP safety rating.
Availability-wise, the electric Thar will go on sale sometime around the first quarter of 2025 in the Indian market. It is expected to command an asking price that ranges between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 25 lakh. Prices are ex-showroom.