Monday, December 31, 2012

Mahindra Thar


The Mahindra Thar is a subcompact four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle (SUV) and an off-road vehicle manufactured by Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. The vehicle was launched in the Indian market on October 4, 2010 to fill the void left by its predecessor the Mahindra MM540. The Thar has been voted one of the top 10 SUVs available in the Indian market. Three variants-DI 2WD, DI 4WD and CRDe.
Meet the newest addition to our long-term fleet – the Mahindra Thar CRDe AC. Our Thar is the top-end version, so it costs Rs 8.20 lakh on-road, Mumbai (should that be on-dirt?) and comes fully equipped. That means it gets a factory-fitted air-conditioner, power steering, four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case and back-to-basics motoring as part of its ‘long’ standard equipment list. Expensive, isn’t it?
I’ve had it for two weeks now, and I’m really enjoying the experience. You see, Mumbai’s rush hour traffic is almost a contact sport and the Thar’s metal bumpers have doubled up as Mad Max-style armor protection. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve never used them to smash through traffic (though I’m sometimes tempted to). But when in a Thar, taxis and rickshaws never, ever try to cut you off. I now find driving to work strangely therapeutic.
As I write this, the first heavy monsoon showers have hit Mumbai, and I’m surprised by how effective the soft-top is at keeping the weather out. Sure, there are a few minor leaks – the zippers for the canopy let in a bit, the stitching on the roof allows in a few stray drops and there’s a tiny leak in the front passenger footwell, but that’s it. In comparison, driving my dad’s old MM540 in the monsoons was like sitting under a waterfall. 
There are a few things I wish Mahindra had thought through. I find it irritating how the AC vents don’t have enough movement, so it’s impossible to direct air straight at you. I have no choice but to wait for the AC (which is pretty effective) to cool the whole cabin down. There’s no re-circulation mode either, so getting caught in traffic behind a garbage truck literally stinks. The other gripe is with the new rubber mats – they may be easier to wash down than the old carpets, but they also slide around on the metal floor and I keep having to straighten them out.


Name : Thar
Model : Di 4x2
Car Body Type : SUV
Segment : C Segment


Displacement : 2523cc, TD
Engine Type : Diesel
Maximum Power : 63 Bhp @ 3200 rpm
Maximum Torque : 180 Nm @ 1440 rpm


Length : 3920 mm
Width : 1710 mm
Height : 1930 mm


Airbag : No
Parking Sensors : No
Fog Lamp : No
Traction Control : No
EBD : No
ABS : No
ESP :  No


AC : No
Power Windows : No
Central Locking : None
Remote Boot : No
Remote Fuel Filler : Yes
Rear Wiper : No
Rear Defogger : No
Rear Armrest : No
Steering Adjustment (Rake/Reach) : No/No
Driver Seat Adjustment : Manual
Music System : Optional
Leather Seats : Optional
Door Mirror : Both Side
Tinted Glass : Yes
Rear AC Vent : No
Folding Rear Seats : No
Sun Roof : No
Buttons/Controls on Steering : No
Auto Viper : No
Auto Headlamp : No


Seating Capacity : 6
Tyre Size : 235/70 R16
Suspension : Torsion bar and stabilizer bar
Turning Circle : 5.25 mtrs.
Steering : Power
Brakes : Front Disk, Rear Drum
Gears : 5 Manual
Ground Clearance : 187.00 mm
Kerb Weight : 1750.00 kgs.
Fuel Tank : 60.00
Body Color Bumpers : Yes
Tachometer : Yes
Alloys : Yes
ORVM Indicator : No
Xenon Headlamps : No
Trip Meter : 2
Headlamp Washer : No

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