All-New Mahindra Thar (2020) Unveiled


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Eagerly waiting for the launch of the new Mahindra Thar, hope Mahindra prices it correctly tomorrow as the #1 Thar fetched a large sum of money in the auction. And Mahindra must price it more efficiently without considering the fact that #1 Thar's auction sale price.
 
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Nothing baffling really. The Thar looks like the Wrangler - period. Rather than going for the generic looks of the also-ran FWD hatch-on-steroids brigade (basically the inverted jelly-mould shape with minor variations, replicated by everyone and their cousin!), M&M did the sensible thing. And having learned from their Roxor experience in the US market, I'd feel that M&M is smart enough to stay from such controversial markets. In any case I feel that the domestic demand would be such that M&M would be hard-pressed to keep up.

Plagiarising car design is a global art form. I have been seeing this from the late-90s, when China started flexing their automotive muscles. I remember how we laughed (I was with Mitsui's car carrier fleet as a Ch. Eng. at the time) in Dalian when we saw something called "WindCruiser", looking like a Land Cruiser - rows upon rows of them, parked in the loading bay. All destined for W.Africa.

I read recently that the new Thar has been equipped with BLD (Brake Locking Differential) together with the other standard SUV features. The BLD would be another feather in M&M's cap, since the Thar would probably be the first offering with this feature in this segment. I remember reading long ago (during the Iran-Iraq war) that the original HUMVEE was equipped with this novel feature, albeit in a more rudimentary form. It struck me as an extra ordinary device at the time - giving the vehicle incredible off-road capability. Using a normal open differential together with automatic, progressive, selective wheel braking, it would ensure positive traction even with just one wheel on terra firma! And all this without the huge expense, complexity and power-hungry mechanicals of the Torsen diff, Haldex clutch or their ilk! Perfect for off-road buffs on a budget.
Way to go, M&M!

The BLD reference that I mentioned above I read in 'Rushlane'. I haven't read about it on other fora, so I'm not sure how authentic the information is.

Eagerly waiting for the launch of the new Mahindra Thar, hope Mahindra prices it correctly tomorrow as the #1 Thar fetched a large sum of money in the auction. And Mahindra must price it more efficiently without considering the fact that #1 Thar's auction sale price.
I hope so too. This gives rise to the vague inkling that perhaps the #1 auction sale price may play a part in the prices to be announced today![:D]
 
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2020 Mahindra Thar launched at Rs 9.8 lakhs

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Mahindra has launched the much-awaited second-generation of the Thar. The all-new SUV is priced at Rs 9.8 lakhs, ex-showroom, all-India, making it an extremely well-priced product. The all-new Thar is a massive upgrade over the previous-generation Thar in every way. Mahindra has also announced that customers can now book the all-new Thar officially and the deliveries will start by 1st November. Below are the variants of all-new Thar and respective prices. There are a total of 9 variants of the all-new Mahindra Thar and they are divided into groups – AX and LX.

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Even though the bookings of the new Thar is gradually increasing still it can't be used as a family vehicle for a long trip. Getting in and out, rear of the Thar is even a big task for a fit adult. It lacks boot space, so it can't be used for airport trips and the boot is best usable when both the rear seats are folded/taken out.
 

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Mahindra has introduced Thar branded merchandise as well as accessories. I’m sharing the list below. These items are on sale at dealers and online (m2all.com).

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Sharing a quick update: Mahindra Thar has received 15,000+ bookings since its launch on 2nd October. Most of the bookings are for the automatic transmission variant and 57% customers are first time car buyers.

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