Currently, SUVs are very popular across India, especially among fans who are actively seeking the rush of driving their vehicles off-road or on rugged terrains. And in order to meet this expanding demand, automakers are working constantly to launch a range of attractive and performance-oriented models in the market. One of these is Maruti Suzuki, which recently debuted the eagerly awaited Jimny, directly competing with Mahindra's Thar, which has been ruling the SUV market for some time now. Everyone thinks of the Mahindra Thar when discussing off-road vehicles because it has made a name for itself as the most capable yet reasonably priced 4X4 vehicle. The Jimny's upcoming launch in India by Maruti Suzuki, however, may make it difficult for the Thar to still lead in the segment in the near future. It all ultimately boils down to cost and given that the Jimny will remind customers of the legendary Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, competitive rivalry could be fierce. Let's compare the two vehicles in regards to design, variants, dimensions, specs, features, and more to see how they stack up against each other.
Zeta and Alpha are the two variants on offer for the Maruti Suzuki Jimny. The SUV is available in Sizzling Red, Granite Grey, Nexa Blue, Bluish Black, Pearl Arctic White, and Kinetic Yellow with a black roof for interested buyers.
The 4WD Thar, on the other hand, is offered in two variants, AX and LX, with both gasoline and diesel engines. Red Rage, Galaxy Grey, Napoli Black, and Aqua Marine are the available options for buyers. Only the RWD version is offered with the Blazing Bronze and Everest White.
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The Jimny 5-door is easily distinguished from other vehicles thanks to its extended wheelbase, straight pillars, upright muscular bonnet, honeycomb mesh five-slot grille, circular LED headlamps with washer, fog lamps housed in the front bumper, five twin-spoke alloy wheel design, and spare wheel mounted on the tailgate. The brand-new Jimny 5-door now rolls on 15-inch alloy wheels.
A multi-slat grille, circular headlamps, fender-mounted turn indicators, dual-tone bumpers, and fog lamps embedded in the bumper are the Thar's exterior highlights. It has rectangular-shaped tail lights, a spare wheel mounted on the tailgate, and 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. The AX variant of the SUV, however, gets 16-inch alloy wheels. Interested buyers can opt for a soft-top or hard-top roof.
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny has a wheelbase of 2,590mm, a length of 3,985mm, a width of 1,645mm, and a height of 1,720mm. With the back seats folded down, the boot expands to 332 litres from the standard 208 litres. A 40-litre fuel tank is included with it.
In contrast, the Mahindra Thar has the same length but is wider by 175mm and 135mm taller. (The hard top rises to a height of 1,844mm) and has a 57-litre fuel tank. Although Jimny has five doors, its overall length is exactly similar to the Thar's three-door version. The Jimny has always been recognised for its compact size, and the new model is no exception. Further, in a side-by-side comparison, the Jimny appears to be smaller than the Thar.
The Jimny has 210mm of ground clearance, a 36 degree approach angle, a 50 degree departure angle, and a 24 degree ramp-over angle for off-road performance. The Thar, on the other hand, has a 226mm ground clearance, an approach angle of 41.2 degrees, a departure angle of 36 degrees, and a ramp-over angle of 26.2 degrees. The SUV has a 650mm wading depth limit.
The 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine in the Jimny, which is built on a ladder frame chassis, produces 103bhp of maximum power and 134Nm of peak torque when mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed torque converter. Power is sent to all four wheels through Maruti's AllGrip Pro 4x4 system with a low-range gearbox.
One petrol and one diesel engine options are available for the new Thar. A 2.0-litre, four-cylinder gasoline engine with 150bhp of maximum power and 300Nm of peak torque powers the vehicle. The automatic version of this SUV has a 20Nm increase in torque. The 2.2-litre diesel mHawk engine in the oil burner, in contrast, makes 130bhp and 300Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed torque converter. Both engines are available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny has side and curtain airbags, dual airbags, a limited slip differential, ABS with EBD, hill hold control, hill descent control, a rearview camera, a side-impact door beam, and ISOFIX as safety features.
The Thar, on the other hand, comes equipped with a sophisticated electronic brake locking differential, a washable floor with drain plugs, tow hitch protection, dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, ESP with roll-over mitigation, hill hold and hill descent control, a built-in roll cage, snow chain provision for the tyres, and speed-sensing front door locks.
The Jimny 5-door's interior includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rectangular black dashboard, circular AC vents, steering-mounted controls, and luggage hook screw holes. It still has a boxy cabin, an old-fashioned analogue dial, and only four seats.
The Mahindra Thar's interior features a tough dashboard with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a comprehensive digital driver infotainment system that includes an analogue speedometer and a tachometer. Additionally, it has speakers mounted on the roof, controls mounted on the steering wheel, lumbar support for the driver's seat, and an adventure gauge on the TFT screen that shows all the required data for off-roading.
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Rear-wheel drive versions of the Thar start at Rs 9.99 lakh. The four-wheel drive models range in price from Rs 13.59 lakh to Rs 16.29 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom. The Maruti Suzuki Jimny's prices have not yet been announced. However, it is anticipated to begin in the range of Rs 10 and 12 lakh. At their Nexa dealerships, Maruti Suzuki has already started accepting bookings for the SUV for a token amount of Rs 11,000.
Jimny Booking amt is INR25KReply