Mid-Spec Variant of Mahindra Thar Spotted With New Grille Design!

The grille on the new Mahindra Thar has divided opinions about its looks and now, a mid-spec variant of the Thar has been spotted with the original seven-slat design which reminds us of the original Thar. Will this make it to production?

Mahindra debuted the new-gen Thar about a month ago and it has already caught the fancies of numerous people. Available with a range of powertrain options and body styles, the new Mahindra Thar is an extremely versatile vehicle and quite easily, the most affordable hardcore off-roader in the country. While the design of the new Mahindra Thar is very impressive, the grille on the new Thar wasn’t really to the taste of a lot of people. Now, a spy shot of a mid-spec variant of the Thar has surfaced online with a grille that seems to be of the original seven-slat design.

Mid-spec Variant of Mahindra Thar spotted with new grille design.
Mid-spec Variant of Mahindra Thar spotted with new grille design.

Although the headlamp housing is similar to the one we have already seen before, the new seven-slat grille in this spy image is similar to the one seen on the pre-unveil spy shots of the Thar. It also hugely reminds us of the original first-gen Thar. Other than that, there are no other design changes on this variant of the Mahindra Thar. The new Thar will be available in three variants – AX, AX Opt and LX. We have also come to learn that the petrol-powered Thar will be offered only the top two AX Opt and LX variants.

This is the stock grille design on the new Mahindra Thar.
This is the stock grille design on the new Mahindra Thar.

The petrol engine in question is a a brand-new 2.0-litre mStallion turbo-petrol engine that produces 150PS of power and 300Nm (320Nm with automatic) of torque. In the AX Opt variant, this engine will come mated only to a 6-speed manual gearbox while in the top-spec LX variant, this engine will come with the 6-speed torque converter gearbox. Also, Mahindra is offering the petrol-powered Thar AX Opt only with the convertible soft top, unlike the diesel, which can also be had with the fixed hard top.

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Speaking of the diesel, its a 2.2L turbo-diesel engine which produces 130PS of power and 300Nm of torque. The diesel engine will be offered on all three variants of the Thar. The engine will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox, with four-wheel drive as standard. Four-wheel drive is also standard on both variants of the petrol-powered Thar along with the low-range transfer case as well.

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Mahindra will be launching the new-gen Thar on October 2, 2020 and there are several reports already claiming that the base-spec Thar will be priced under Rs 10 lakh. If we go by these reports, the price of the Thar is expected to range between Rs 9.75 lakh – Rs 13.5 lakh. That’s an incredible price range for the Thar, for which you get hardcore off-road ability like no other and a very welcome on-road manners with the new-gen SUV as well. Mahindra has a huge winner in their hands.