Upcoming Mahindra Thar 4X2 Vs Thar 4X4 on video

Upcoming Mahindra Thar 4X2 Vs Thar 4X4 on video

In January 2023, Mahindra will be expanding the Thar range in India by introducing new rear-wheel drive variants of the lifestyle SUV. The new Mahindra Thar 4×2 will come with both petrol and diesel engine options and will be positioned at lower price points compared to their four-wheel drive versions. Here’s a video which shows all the major and minor differences between the 4×2 and 4×4 variants of the Mahindra Thar.

In a YouTube video uploaded by Yash9w, we can see the 4×2 and 4×4 variants of the Mahindra Thar parked next to each other. On the outside, there are no differences between the versions of the Thar, save for the 4×4 badge on the rear fender of the four-wheel drive version of the Thar. Apart from that, the butch three-door design, 18-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlamps, LED tail lamps and front and rear bumpers of the four-wheel drive version have been retained in the 4×2 version as well.

No changes in the cabin

There are no major differences on the inside as well, but since the 4×2 version comes with a rear-wheel drive configuration only, there is no dedicated lever for the operation of the four-wheel drive system in the Thar 4×2. Instead, there is a small storage space in place of the lever for the four-wheel drive system. The infotainment system also misses out on off-road information. Rest assured, the Thar 4×2 gets the same cabin as the Thar 4×4, with the all-black cabin getting a multi-functional steering wheel with cruise control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, manual AC and toggle-like switches in the centre console.

The biggest change in the Mahindra Thar 4×2 over the four-wheel drive version lies under the hood. Unlike the Thar 4×4 diesel, which comes with a 2.2-litre 130 PS diesel engine, the 4×2 version has been given the smaller 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine from the XUV300. Here in the Thar 4×2, this 1.5-litre diesel engine claims 116 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque. The Thar 4×2 will also be available with the 2.0-litre 150 PS petrol engine in the same state of tune as the 4×4 version.

These figures make it only 14 bhp lower power than the four-wheel drive version, which does not seem like a big miss on paper, as the torque output is still the same. The version seen in the video gets a 6-speed manual transmission, which is expected to be the only transmission option to be on offer.

For the time being, the Mahindra Thar 4×2 will be offered only with a manual transmission and no automatic transmission. Considering that the length of the Thar lies under four metres and the 1.5-litre engine benefits from the tax limits, the Thar 4×2 diesel will have a considerable price advantage over the Thar 4×4 diesel.

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