The sport usefulness vehicle from Mahindra & Mahindra is getting prepared to launch the Thar jeep in India, in December 2010. At Bologna Motor Show, Mahindra had showcased the Thar concept. The Thar is motorized by a 4 cylinder, 2500 cc turbo diesel direct injection common rail engine producing 107Kw of power.
Thar promises exciting off-road action, tied to a 5-speed gear box manual transmission and a Borg Warner Manual Shift transfer case for switching it to 4-wheel drive. Thar has a 2.5-liter CRDI engine that fabricates 105hp and 247Nm.
The body manner of the Mahindra Thar looks like the old MM540 / 550 at the first view. Thar was on display at the Auto Expo 2010 and responses were mixed. It has a kerb weight of 1.75 tons and 200 mm of ground clearance at its lowest position. It has a three door, two-seater (four is an option). It has a broad 235/70 tyres on 16-inch wheels.
Since the past two years in the South African markets, the Thar is sold for 9.5-10 lakh. An official from the company said M&M aim to refine this SUV to suit the Indian demands. Mahindra works out to introduce first in Kerala and Rajasthan, with the price tag of Rs 7 lakhs (approximately) in this December.
A Mumbai-based dealer said on condition of anonymity, “This is a niche, retro-styled product and there will be a lot of young buyers and Jeep fans for such a vehicle.” “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on any of our future plans or products”.
Specifications of Mahindra Thar:
|Engine||NEF CRDe Turbocharged intercooled, Euro IV|
|Bore x Stroke
94 x 90 m.m.
105 H.P.@3800 R.P.M.
|5 speed – Manual
Borg Warner – Manual Shift
2 Speed gear reduction – High 1.0:1 Low 2.48:1
|Full Floating Hypoid Ratio 4.3:1,
Capacity: 1100 kg
Semi-Floating Hypoid Ratio 4.3:1,
Capacity: 1700 kg
|Minimum Turing Radius||5.25 m|
|Suspension||Independent front suspension with Torsion bar and stabilizer bar
Rear Semi elliptical leaf springs
|Disc & caliper
|Tyres||P 235/70 R 16 Tubeless Tyres|
|Wheels||6.5 J X 16|
|Seating Capacity||1 +1 seater|
|Colours||Arctic White, Mist Silver, Black, ToreadorRed|