Mahindra Thar 5 Door 4×2 RWD Variant Spied

To keep entry price low, Mahindra Thar 5 door version will be offered in 4×2 RWD guise in base variant

Mahindra Thar 5-door RWD 4x2 variant spied
Mahindra Thar 5-door RWD 4×2 variant spied

Lifestyle off-roader segment has been brought back to life by Mahindra, when they launched new gen Thar back in 2020. Launch prices started from Rs. 9.99 lakh ex-sh. But they soon escalated to new heights after introductory prices were removed. After multiple price hikes, Thar 4×4 variants are priced in the range of Rs 13.5 lakh to Rs 16.5 lakh, ex-sh.

Just as Maruti Suzuki Jimny launch neared, Mahindra did major reshuffling with Thar’s drivetrains. 4X2 options with RWD architecture were launched with a petrol engine. Alongside that, Mahindra also introduced a new 1.5L turbo diesel engine, that too with RWD. Once again, Thar entry price is now down to Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-sh.

Mahindra Thar 5-Door Spotted

With 5-door lifestyle off-roaders on the rise, Mahindra is preparing its Thar to have 5 doors. Thanks to Yash9W, we now have a sneak peek at one of its new test mules. This particular test mule lacks a 4X4 lever beside its AT gear selector, indicating that Mahindra Thar 5-door will be launched with RWD options as well. Let’s take a look.

Mahindra Thar 5-door spotted was among a convoy of other test mules including XUV300, Scorpio N and a few CVs. Juiciest product of them all is definitely the Thar 5-door. There are new developments under the light and Yash9W has revealed most of them in his new video.

Being a test mule, the body is a mix of colours and other paraphernalia. Front fascia reveals a red shade while some hinges show grey colour. Mahindra’s new Twin Peaks logo will be put on production-spec vehicles instead of the old oval logo found on this particular test mule on steering wheel, wheel hub caps and more.

Mahindra Thar 5-door RWD 4x2 variant spied
Mahindra Thar 5-door RWD 4×2 variant spied

Peeking at the interior, this test mule misses 4X4 lever as we saw with recently launched RWD Thar in its 3-door configuration. This indicates that the Thar 5-door will be launched with a 4X2 drivetrain with an RWD layout to establish a lucrative entry-level price point. Wheels are still the same at 18” with 245-section CEAT tyres.

Interior Changes

Another notable interior change found on this particular test mule is an addition of a center armrest for front seat occupants. This is still not present with 3-door Thar and will vastly increase comfort for driver. Rear seats are individual chairs and there is no hint of third-row seating on this test mule. Production-spec vehicle might get a 3rd row and a bench for the 2nd row.

Mahindra Thar 5 door version - Boot space
Mahindra Thar 5 door version – Boot space

Rear door handle is mounted on the C-pillar as we see with Swift. This is likely to make it to production. Rear windscreen still lacks a rear washer/wiper. With the additional wheelbase and length, boot space will be vastly improved over the 3-door model. Features are likely to be kept identical with 3-door counterparts.

This particular test mule is spotted with a fixed hard top. It is not yet sure if this is made of sheet metal or composites and it is still unsure if Mahindra Thar 5-door will get a convertible option. If offered with the same 1.5L turbo-diesel engine, Mahindra would literally hit gold by offering Thar to buyers that aren’t buying it for its substance.

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