Did you know, the first Willys Overland jeep was built in India at the Mahindra Assembly Plant, Mazagaon? The Mahindra Thar that all of India loves today is much like that iconic vehicle of yore, but now comes with all the mod-cons and driving comfort that we have come to expect from modern automobiles. The Mahindra Thar is one of the most timeless, but at the same time head-turning vehicles on Indian roads.

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Mahindra Thar – specs and features

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This is a compact, sturdy and off road worthy SUV that has always delighted those who love the open road and have a go-anywhere-anytime bent of mind. The vehicle’s distinctive removable canopy and six seater arrangement (two front facing seats and two bench seats facing each other in the rear) sets it apart and gives it that highly distinctive road presence. The fuel economy hovers in the region of 16 kmpl.

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The four wheel drive goes boldly into any type of terrain as easily as it adapts to the lifestyle of the party animal. The Thar has a 2.5-litre diesel engine that boasts 105bhp and 247Nm of power and a five-speed manual transmission stick shift. The vehicle’s excellent ground clearance, rugged build and suspension make this a great vehicle for rural areas as well as the city. The attractive new styling, factory fitted a/c and power steering make this classic vehicle highly user friendly.

Mahindra Thar – prices and variants

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The Thar is available in the CRDe, the CRDe ABS and CRDe 700 special edition. The special edition boasts body decals, alloy wheels and other cosmetic additions over and above all the standard features. The CRDe base variant is priced at about Rs. 9.6 lakh while the special edition is about Rs. 10 lakhs ex showroom. All variants come equipped with 3 pod instrument clusters, cup holders, screen de-fogger, arm rests, independent suspension and a/c with heater.

Current offers on the Thar Mahindra could vary depending upon the region and the dealership.

Mahindra Thar – what owners love

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The highly distinctive, tough and macho look of this vehicle, the foldable canopy and the fact that it is something of a classic is what owners love about the Thar. This is an ideal off-roader, making it a very popular pick for those who love the outdoors and have a yen for adventure and spontaneous exploring. The car has a powerful pickup, military grade construction and offers that king of the road feeling that has a lot of heads turning to look at the car.

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