Report – Updated Mahindra Thar launched; Now niggle free?

Posted on: Sep 16, 2013 - 9:59am IST

It seems that Mahindra has launched an updated version of the Mahindra Thar, thereby sorting out several niggling issues. Several of these updates are mechanical in nature and promise to improve the overall driving dynamics of the 4×4 SUV.

Mahindra Thar with air conditioning

To begin with, a new crossbar has been added between the A and B pillars in a bid to improve the car’s rigidity. Autocar India reports that the old Thar’s pillars would ‘flex’ over bumpy roads and with this update, the Thar should not throw such nasty surprises. Existing Thar owners can get this cross bar welded additionally.

The front axle’s auto locking hubs have now been replaced by a fixed flange setup which promises to be more reliable. This should improve the Thar’s off-road manners. Autocar reports that it would be easy to replace the old auto locking hubs with this new flanged setup if you’re an existing owner.

Mahindra Thar
An improved Mahindra Thar with air conditioning was launched on May 15th last year.

The canopy of the SUV which earlier used pins to latch itself onto the car (and this was viable to break), now uses four screws to attach and detach itself.

In terms of interior upgrades, the rear seats have been lowered by 6-7mm thereby boosting the headroom. Tall passengers should find this a welcome addition as, let’s face it, no-one likes to bump their head, especially while off-roading. The air-con control switches are now upgraded to that of the Bolero VLX while the interior door handles have been replaced by stronger ones.

Mahindra Thar
The Thar will now share aircon vents with the Bolero VLX. Seen here is the model launched in 2010.

The Thar with these updated features will continue to sell at its current price.

[Source – Autocar India]

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2 thoughts on “Report – Updated Mahindra Thar launched; Now niggle free?

  1. Akhil says:

    The Thar needs a total makeover from the A Pillar backwords. With the orignal JEEP making its way into India MM needs to improve the dynamics of their Thar( more in vogue with the JEEP). Make it more desirable, make it more user friendly, make it a more in town vehicle while retaining the offroad dynamics. Give it a roomy cabin with a longer base a redesigned A n C pillars there by improving rigidity of the chassis, an integrated hard top option with a desirable dashboard, if possible 4 doors with a clunky feel. Probably use their knowhow from the XUV monocoque frame 🙂

    1. tjacob says:

      well said, to the point, good feedback about the product.
      Mahindra please take note.


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