Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to launch a 5-door version of Thar in the Indian market, and here is what we expect from it
Mahindra Thar is extremely popular among off-road enthusiasts, and its demand in our market is constantly increasing. Although great for off-roading, SUVs aren’t very practical. While it can be used as a daily driver, it is not a great family car, which keeps many potential buyers away. Interestingly, M&M is developing a 5-door version of Thor to make it more practical for family members.
Here, we’ve listed everything we’d expect from the upcoming 5-door version of the Mahindra Thar.
1. Exterior styling
The design of the 5-door Mahindra Thar will be similar to the current 3-door model, but it will be longer with a larger wheelbase. We expect it to have round headlamps and rectangular taillights, along with a flared arch, a muscular bonnet and a sideway-opening tailgate (it has an extra wheel attached). Unlike the current Thar, we do not expect that the upcoming 5-door version will get a replaceable roof option.
2. Interior design
The upcoming 5-door Thar cabin will probably have the same interior design as the existing model. Thanks to the large dimensions, we hope the cabin will be more spacious, especially at the rear. The second row will probably get a bench row with three seats, but we’re not sure if there will be a third row on offer here.
3. Features and equipment
The 5-door Mahindra Thare will have a lot of features on offer, such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), automatic climate control, cruise control, blues app connectivity, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags. , TPMS, Electronic Stability Control, ISOFIX Child Seat etc.
The current 3-door version of the SUV includes removable doors, a removable hard-top roof, and a washable interior (including floor drain plugs). We’re not sure if these features will be rolled out to the 5-door version.
The 5-door Thor will probably have the same two engine options as the 3-door Thor – a 2.0L turbo-petrol unit and a 2.2L turbo-diesel unit – although they can be tuned separately. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. A 4 × 4 system with a low-ratio transfer case will be offered as standard.
5. Expected launch
The 5-door version of the Mahindra Thar is set to launch in the Indian car market in 2023 Upon launch, it will compete with the upcoming 5-Door Force Gurkha, which is expected to go on sale later this year.