Mahindra Thar will no longer get MLD as standard fitment. | Tech US News

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There is no doubt that the Mahindra Thar is one of the most capable off-roaders currently available in India. However, reports are suggesting that it will no longer get a mechanical locking differential (MLD) as standard fitment. This has been done as a cost-cutting measure. However, it will continue to get a 4×4 drivetrain and a low-range transfer case.

MLD was previously available on all Mahindra Thar variants, mounted on the rear axle and controlled via a dashboard switch. Now, this feature will be available as an option on both automatic and manual versions of the diesel-powered range-topping variant of the off-roader. The Brake Locking Differential (BLD), on the other hand, will remain available with the LX trims.

What are MLD and BLD?

For those not familiar, a mechanical locking differential (MLD) channels torque to the wheel with the most traction to get the SUV out of difficult situations. BLD, on the other hand, does the same but uses an automatic hub lock and brake-based system to control traction between the wheels. It brakes the turning wheel and increases the amount of torque that needs to be applied to the ground wheel.

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Will the engine options change?

No changes have been made under the bonnet. The Mahindra Thar will be available with 130PS diesel and 150PS petrol engines, mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

Mahindra Thar Offroader

Currently, the Mahindra Thar retails from Rs 13.56 lakh to Rs 16.03 lakh (ex-showroom) and rivals the likes of the Force Gorkha. Oh 5 Doors Mahindra Thar is also under development.

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