First New-Gen Mahindra Thar Unit delivered in New Delhi.
Auto component maker Minda Corporation's CEO Aakash Minda paid Rs 1.11 crore to own the first SUV in an auction conducted by Mahin
Bookings for the hardcore off-roader crossed the 15,000 mark within a month of its launch.
All-New Mahindra Thar was launched on the 2nd of October 2, 2020. The All New-Generation Thar is certainly an upgrade over its predecessor in terms of design, styling, features and powertrains. Deliveries of the popular off-roader are finally taking place with the first vehicle reaching auto component maker Minda Corporation's CEO Aakash Minda. Mahindra & Mahindra announced on Twitter that Minda had won the auction organized in late September. Aakash paid Rs 1.11 crore to own the first New-Gen Mahindra Thar after a 6 day long online auction. Aakash Minda chose to purchase the top-end LX petrol automatic convertible variant which was delivered to him in Delhi recently. Unveiled on August 15, 2020, bookings for the SUV had already crossed the 15,000 mark within a month of its launch.
"I would like to congratulate Aakash Minda, as the very first owner of the All-New Thar. This is a historic moment, given the excitement the auction had created. The all-new Thar is a dynamic expression of fun, freedom and independence and will surely make a personalized statement for its owner", commented Veejay Nakra, Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd on the eve of the first delivery.
2020 Mahindra Thar comes in 2 variants namely AX and LX. The former sells at Rs 9.80 lakhs (ex-showroom) while the latter retails at an introductory price of Rs 12.49 lakhs (ex-showroom). Dimension wise, the new model is longer and wider in comparison to its predecessor. Talking about design updates on the new edition of the Thar, it stands to provide a black finished square-shaped grille up front with round headlamps featuring LED DRL's and a dual-tone bumper. Its AX trim gets all-terrain 16-inch tyres while on the other hand, the LX variant comes equipped with18-inch alloy wheels. The SUV provides both a fixed and a convertible roof option.
Moving on to the engines on offer, the manufacturer is giving petrol and diesel options for the Indian buyer. Thus the petrol model is powered by a 2.0-litre mStallion engine delivering 150 bhp of power output and 350 Nm of peak torque. Whereas the 2.2-litre 4-cylinder CRDi diesel unit produces a maximum power output of 130 bhp with 350 Nm of torque. Its transmission duties are taken care by a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic stick that are offered with both petrol and diesel models. The AX variant is retailed with only a manual gearbox while the LX trim gets a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission option.
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