Mahindra is working on a 5-door version of the Thar that goes on sale alongside the Scorpio N.
Mahindra has officially started working on the 5-door version of the Thar. Earlier the rear of the SUV was seen, this time the front of the 5-door Thar is seen. Some of the previous reports had suggested that Mahindra might produce the 3-door Thar only on special order after the launch of the 5-door Thar. This is because most people will prefer a 5-door hatchback. After all, it’s more practical and won’t sacrifice much on the SUV’s off-road capabilities.
The silhouette of the five-door Thar is very similar to the three-door Thar. It still has the boxy look of an SUV. There are additional rear doors that greatly improve ingress and egress for rear occupants. As of now, those in the back need to climb into the front seats.
At the rear, there are LED headlamps and a side-hinged tailgate with a spare wheel. There are five-spoke alloy wheels and flared wheel arches. The headlamps are a single circular halogen unit. Mahindra may use its new twin-peak logo on the upcoming five-door Thar.
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The 5-door Thar is expected to be based on the Scorpio-N platform. Hence, ride quality and handling should improve. The wheelbase will also be longer than the three-door Thar, which will help increase the space on offer.
Engines may also be taken from the Scorpio N as the three-door Thar’s engines may be underpowered. However, the Scorpio N’s engines will be discontinued. Hence, the engines on offer will be a 2.2-litre diesel engine and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Gearbox options on offer will be a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Moreover, Mahindra may not offer the five-door Thar with a four-wheel drive system as standard. It will be primarily rear-wheel drive and only the top-end variant will get four-wheel drive.
Date of First Publication: August 24, 2022, 16:01 PM IST