Why Mahindra Thar Is A Great 4x4 SUV?

  • Mahindra Thar first introduced in 2010
  • Three engines on offer - 1 petrol and 2 diesels
  • Both soft and hard top iterations of the Thar available 

June 22, 2024     Uday Singh
Why Mahindra Thar Is A Great 4x4 SUV?

The Mahindra Thar nameplate has been around in the domestic market since 2010 and ever since its launch, it has built for itself a cult fan following because of its road presence and offroad capabilities. In line with the homegrown brand’s new design and engine philosophy of cars, Mahindra updated the Thar SUVs with a range of engine options and features. If you are in the market for a serious off-roader on a budget, the Mahindra Thar is a great choice because of the whole package.

Mahindra Thar: Technical Specifications




1.5L Diesel (1497 cc), 2.0L mStallion Petrol (1997 cc), 2.2L mHawk Diesel (2184 cc)


6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic 


116 bhp (Diesel), 150.19 bhp (Petrol), 130.07 bhp (Diesel)


300 Nm (Diesel), 320 Nm (Petrol),  300 Nm (Diesel)


13 - 15.2 kmpl

Dimensions (L x B x H)

3985 mm x 1820 mm x 1855 mm


2450 mm

Ground clearance 

226 mm

Fuel tank capacity

57 litres

Price (Ex-showroom)

Rs. 11.35 lakh - Rs. 17.60 lakh

As you can understand from the above table, the Mahindra Thar is a sub-four metre SUV that has a lot to offer in terms of space, engine and performance. Also, it is the only car in its segment to come with three engine options, catering to a wide range of buyers. Depending on your preference, you can opt either for a petrol or diesel Thar as the engines have nearly identical torque figures. The ex-showroom Delhi prices for the Thar start at Rs. 11.35 lakh and go all the way up to Rs. 17.60 lakh, making it very competitively priced. All in all, the Thar is a great option for anyone who wants an all-rounder vehicle to satisfy his daily running and weekend offroad trips.

Mahindra Thar: Exterior

On the outside, the Mahindra Thar is unmistakably an off-roader that looks like it can take on some really bad road patches with ease. Design bits on this one are simplistic as has been over the years. It also has to do with the massive 226 millimetres of ground clearance that translates into supreme driving confidence over these terrains. While driving the Thar, you may also notice how the car stands out in terms of road presence. 

Being a tall SUV, stepping in and out might need some effort but the after-market accessory world offers great customisation options in terms of side footsteps that you can consider. Currently, the Thar is available in three-door format only but a five-door version is in the works and its launch is close. Exterior colour options range from Stealth Black, Everest White and Desert Fury to Red Rage. 

Mahindra Thar: Interior

The cabin experience of the Thar feels premium in comparison to its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Jimny and Force Gurkha. The interior bits include a touchscreen infotainment system loaded with real-time off-road data for precise driving inputs, a TFT multi-information display, premium HVAC controls, IP54 water resistance and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Mahindra also offers the Blue Sense app for car smartphone connectivity. For safety, the Thar gets 4 stars in Global NCAP, ESP, ABS and dual front airbags.

Mahindra Thar: Strong 4x4 Engines

The Thar gets three engine options - 1.5-litre diesel, 2-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel. For transmission duties, the Indian car manufacturer has equipped the SUV with a manual and automatic transmission. If you are considering buying the 4x4 Thar, you can buy one in both petrol and diesel. Even the transmission options with the former and latter are varied with automatic and manual. 

Talking about the power and torque figures, the smallest of the lot happens to be the 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 116 bhp and 300 Nm. The power and torque figures of the 2-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines are 150 bhp, 320 Nm and 130 bhp and 300 Nm respectively. 

Also read - Why Thar is So Popular Among Enthusiasts

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