Mahindra Thar : Old vs New Differences explained

The new generation Mahindra Thar is based on a new platform and will be offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines as well as automatic transmission options, all for the first time in history. Designed to be more practical and versatile than before, the new Thar has removable body panels and also a convertible roof. But the automaker kept enough DNA from the previous model intact to keep the new car's design in touch with Jeep's origins. Here's a quick look at how the new Thar differs on the surface.rnrnLet's take a look at the dimensions of the second generation Mahindra Thar and some numbers that address the new off-road design capabilities:rnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrn
Old Mahindra TharNew Mahindra Thar
Front Track1445mm1520mm
Rear Track1346mm1520mm
Width1726mmUp to 1855mm
Height1930mmUp to 1920mm
Tyres235/70 16-inch245/75 16-inch; 255/65 18-inch
Ground clearance200mm226mm (w/ 18-inch wheels)
Approach angle44°41.8° (w/ 18-inch wheels)
Breakover angle15°27°  (w/ 18-inch wheels)
Departure angle27°36.8° (w/ 18-inch wheels)
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Mahindra Mechanicals

Old Thar DieselNew Thar Turbo-petrolNew Thar diesel
Displacement2.5-litre2.0-litre turbo-petrol2.2-litre diesel
Torque247Nm300Nm/ 320Nm (AT)300Nm
Transmission5-speed MT6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT
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Mahindra Thar Front

rnThe new Thar retains old styling cues such as the rounded multi-reflector halogen headlamps and the vertical slatted grille that remain the focal point of the front fascia. It has a dummy skid plate that complies with the lower shock design.rnrnThe indicators are installed in the projecting wheel arches, while the molding at each corner now houses the front fog lights.rn

Mahindra Thar Side

rnMahindra's new design of the Thar wheels is an evolution of the old wheels rather than a completely different look that works to their advantage.rnrnThe Thar remains a two-door SUV that maintains similar proportions to the front half of the cabin. Finally, it got for the first time a rigid platform fitted at the factory with removable roof panels.rnrnThe new soft-top version of Thar has also been updated. Now there are two smooth versions for buyers to choose from: fixed and manual switchable. These options depend on the variants you choose. The new convertible soft top folds neatly at the end of the roll cage and behind the tailgate-mounted spare tire. It facilitates the change from top to bottom and vice versa.rn

Mahindra Thar Rear

rnWith the sleeker and more proportionate roof design at the rear of the new Thar, the rear end appears taller than before. The rear bumper cladding is also stiffer as it now includes rear reflectors and rear sensors.rnrnThe taillights are still vertical rectangles, but the new design is more age-appropriate with LED elements. Place indicators and reversing lights in the center of the brake lights with an ambient LED element.rn

Mahindra Thar Interior

rnOne of the biggest changes to the old style is the new Thar interior, designed to be more practical for everyday use.rnrnMore importantly, the Thar has forward-facing rear seats for the first time instead of folding seats. This is not a bench for three, instead, the seats can be folded individually for each person and thus can be folded individually when not needed. To cater to even the most eager Jeep enthusiast, Mahindra will continue to introduce the folding seat design on the adventure-oriented AX variants of the new Thar.rnrnYou also get your first ceiling-mounted speakers. why? Because you can remove the doors. This way, you can have an open jeep and enjoy your favorite songs.rnrnMahindra Thar is now getting more comforts than ever. Its list of equipment includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, a TFT multi-information display in the instrument cluster, and sporty-looking seats. Needless to say, the cabin looks more luxurious than before.rnrnBut don't think Thar goes soft on its new comfort features. You're still supposed to take it on adventures, so Mahindra made sure the interior was dust and water-resistant (IP 54 rated). That way you won't have to worry about getting a little wet and muddy in the cabin.rnrnIn addition, the centerpiece of the 7.0-inch touch screen features Thar's proprietary technology called Adventure Stats that allows you to view different types of data from the unit in real-time. In off-road mode, this includes Thar's camber and sharpening, the gear you're using, and the wheel angle. The system itself can also display the amount of torque and power you are using while driving. Mahindra has also allowed a degree of customization in this system for custom displays. Some of this information will also be visible on the TFT screen in the driver's instrument cluster.rn

Mahindra Thar Safety

rnThis category was almost absent from ancient Thar. Mahindra has equipped the new generation model with little equipment. Some of them are required by law, while the rest are simply reasonable. The new Thar comes with dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, ESP with slip mitigation, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors, roll cage, automatic speed-sensing door locks, and three-point seatbelts on the rear.rnrnAlso Read: Kawasaki Ninja 650 2020 review, test ride