In the ever-evolving landscape of SUVs, Mahindra is gearing up to introduce a 5-door version of its immensely popular Thar. Having undergone extensive testing for over a year and a half, the 5-door Thar promises to bring a host of new features and enhancements, setting it apart from its 3-door counterpart.
One notable upgrade in the 5-door Thar’s interior is a larger touchscreen, housed in a redesigned dashboard. Anticipated to be around 10 inches, this touchscreen is expected to offer an improved interface and graphics compared to the 3-door Thar. While the overall layout of the dashboard, including AC vents, HVAC controls, and toggle switches, will remain unchanged, the larger touchscreen adds a touch of modernity to the cabin.
An exciting addition to the 5-door Thar is the introduction of individual armrests for the front seats and rear AC vents, features absent in the 3-door model. These additions contribute to enhanced comfort for both the driver and passengers. The rear seating configuration remains a mystery, with the test mule showcasing dummy seats, leaving enthusiasts curious about Mahindra’s final decision on the arrangement.
In the realm of technology, the 5-door Thar is expected to boast an upgraded instrument cluster with a larger Multi-Information Display (MID), possibly borrowed from the Scorpio N. Another noteworthy inclusion is a dashboard camera, a valuable feature for both daily commutes and off-road adventures. Additionally, the test mule flaunts a single-pane sunroof, adding a touch of openness to the cabin.
While the 3-door Thar faced criticism for its 7-inch screen’s mediocre interface and size, the 5-door variant steps up with a larger touchscreen. Enthusiasts anticipate this upgrade to eventually make its way to the 3-door model, aligning it with the industry norm of 8-inch screens.
The 5-door Thar is designed to cater to SUV enthusiasts seeking a practical vehicle for daily commuting and off-road escapades. Its feature-rich interior, coupled with additional creature comforts, aims to distinguish it from the 3-door Thar, which remains a dedicated off-roader. Camouflaged test mules hint at subtle design alterations, ensuring the 5-door variant stands out.
Under the hood, the 5-door Thar is likely to retain the robust 2.2-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engines, coupled with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. While maintaining the off-road prowess of its predecessor, adjustments to the suspension setup are expected to accommodate the longer wheelbase and added weight.
Enthusiasts can anticipate the debut of the 5-door Thar around Jan-2024, with an anticipated price range of Rs 13 lakh to Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). As Mahindra continues to push the boundaries of SUV innovation, the 5-door Thar looks poised to make a bold statement in the competitive SUV market.