Mahindra has put up the first unit of the new-gen Thar up for auction to raise money for battling Covid-19 and in just four days, the bids have already crosses the Rs 90 lakh mark. The auction is scheduled to end tomorrow, by when it could be sold over Rs 1 crore.
Mahindra, in a very noble cause, has put the first unit of the new Thar #1 up for auction, in order to raise funds for battling COVID-19. It will be the Number 1 Thar, bearing the serial number 1. Money collected from the auction will be further donated to PM Cares Fund, Swadeshi Foundation and Naandi Foundation. The auction has been on since September 24 and will go on till September 25. Seeing the popularity of the new Thar, the bid for the Thar #1 has already crossed the Rs 90 lakh mark and by tomorrow, when the auction ends, it could very well cross the Rs 1 crore mark.
And that’s only a great thing because not only does it show the excitement around the new Thar and its popularity, but the money from this auction will actually be used for a good cause. The bid started at Rs 25 lakh, and in just four days, the amount already stands above Rs 90 lakh. The current bid is made by Tom Mannapurathu Joesph from Ernakumal, Kerala, and there are still new bids pouring in. The winner will be announced on October 2, which is also the day on which prices for the Thar will be announced.
The #1 Thar will come with special inscriptions and embellishments to differentiate it. There will be a customizable badge on the vehicle with your initials and no.1 on the decorative vin plate of the dashboard. Then there will be leatherette seats specially made for this version. Also, you can choose any variant and any colour. All these things will be done on priority basis for the bidder and he will be the first person in India to get the new Thar. Mahindra has already received more than 5,100 registrations for the Thar #1 with bids pouring in from 33 different cities.
Meanwhile, the pre-bookings for the new Thar have already commenced across the country. The prices will be announced on 2nd October, following which, the official bookings will also commence. It will come in two trims – LX and AX, both available with a petrol and diesel engine. The AX and AX (O) variants will be basic, loaded with features all required for the off-roading purpose. LX variants will come with some lifestyle and convenience features additionally. Aside from the personalisation, the Thar #1 will get all the goodies from the LX trim.
The new Thar also debuts two new engines from Mahindra’s stable. Featuring a petrol engine for the first time, its a new 2.0-litre mStallion TGDI petrol engine that makes 150 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the diesel engine is a 2.2 litre mHawk unit that makes 130 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. Transmission choices include either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic gearbox for both the engines. 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.