The much-awaited facelift of the Mahindra Thar has finally been launched in the country. But it’s only the CRDe version of the SUV that has received the update, while the more-affordable DI version remains unchanged. Launched at Rs. 8.25 lakh, the 2015 Mahindra thar CRDe now costs around Rs. 50,000 more than the discontinued CRDe model.
This is the first updated that the Thar has received ever since its launch in 2010. On the outside, the vehicle gets new front and rear bumpers, new headlamps with clear lenses, larger footsteps and slightly titled canopy. Coming to the interiors, the vehicle receives a refreshed black-beige dual-tone treatment, a provision for 2-DIN music system and 3-Pod instrument cluster. The company has also claimed to have installed a new mechanical locking rear differential that will give that extra push to the rear wheels of the car during off-roading.
Design and Styling
The new Mahindra Thar facelift gets an updated front fascia with a mix of plastic and metal and fender extension along with new clear-lens headlamps. Both the front and rear bumpers look lot more aggressive and beefier. It also features larger side-steps and a slightly different rear canopy.
While the exterior changes are quite minimal, the cabin gets substantial changes in the form of dual tone dashboard with circular HVAC vents with silver accents, beige gear lever with two cup holders and a new instrument cluster. Features like HVAC controls, steering wheel and handbrake lever have been borrowed from the Bolero.
Engine Specs and Transmission
As mentioned earlier, the Mahindra Thar 2015 (CRDe) has been claimed to have received a new locking rear differential that help give the extra push to rear wheels while off-roading. That said, it continues to feature the same 2.5-litre CRDe diesel engine that is good for 105bhp at 3,800rpm and 247Nm between 1800-2000rpm. Just so you know, the DI model derives its power from a 2.5-litre engine that churns out 63bhp and 182Nm. Both the powertrains are mated with a 5-speed manual transmission, and available in 4×2 and 4×4 versions.
Mahindra Thar 2015 Mileage
Since there will be no mechanical changes made to the car, both the models (2.5-litre CRDe and 2.5-litre DI) return the mileage equivalent to the old models which is around 18kmpl.
Mahindra Thar 2015 Price Range – Rs. 5.0 lakh – Rs. 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)