Mahindra Thar Jeep Wrangler Conversion by Jeep Studio
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Coimbatore based Jeep Studio has turned a regular Mahindra Thar into a three door Jeep Wrangler lookalike. The project was commissioned by a customer, and took four months to complete. We got in touch with Jeep Studio to bring more details on the conversion.
The first step of the Mahindra Thar to Jeep Wrangler conversion was comparing the dimensional blue prints of the Thar and the 3 door version of Wrangler, followed by calculating the scaling ratio between the dimensions. To carry out the conversion, Jeep Studio stripped out a brand new Thar right down to its chassis. The new body panels have all been crafted by hand to mimic those of the Wrangler.
To ensure no issues during servicing and maintenance of the custom, the engine compartment was retained. "While designing the engine room layout, we challenged ourselves on better design for serviceability. As the result, we have retained exactly same engine room, such that all the spares, hoses, clips, fasteners are all exactly same as OE Thar," said Naveen K, the CEO of Jeep Studio.
Below is the full list of the modifications and additions Jeep Studio made to the Mahindra Thar -
- Full body conversion
- Metal hard top
- Front bumper with fog lights
- Rear bumper
- Rockslider / foot rest
- LED head light kit
- LED tail lamps
- Wrangler side mirror
- Black Wrangler hood latches
- Reinforced tail gate
- Toughened glasses
- 33 inches Maxxis big horn 764 tires
- Black Brazilian style steel wheels
- High quality matte black painting
The total cost of the project came out to around INR 6.75 Lakhs, not including the price of the donor car. Currently, the Mahindra Thar retails for INR 8.67 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). It is powered by 2,498 cc CRDe Diesel with a max power output of 105 bhp and peak torque of 247 Nm.