In January 2023, the entry price of the popular off-roader will be slashed when Mahindra introduces the new RWD variant of the Thar. The upcoming entry-level 4WD variant, likely to be named the AX AC, will ditch some features. which are currently being offered on the AX(O) trim. These can be positioned as a stripped-down off-roader. Mahindra offered the AX trim but it was discontinued as it came with side-facing bench seats which did not fare well with the crash tests.
Thar is currently available with three engine options. The base-specification is the 118hp, 300Nm, 1.5-litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and is offered with rear-wheel-drive. Then there is the 152hp, 300Nm, 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 130hp, 300Nm, 2.2-litre diesel engine. Both these engines get the option of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. And while the diesel engine is only available in 4WD guise. The petrol gets both 4WD and RWD configurations. The upcoming AX AC trim will likely be available with the latter two engines and MT 4×4.
urrently, the Thar’s only rival in the market is the Force Gurkha but as mentioned above it will take on the upcoming Maruti Jimny. Currently, the ex-showroom price of Thar diesel variants is between Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 16.49 lakh while the price of petrol version is between Rs 13.49 lakh-15.82 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).
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