Mahindra has been spotted testing the five-door Thar on public roads for the first time. The Thar received its second generation in 2020, and the brand has seen tremendous success. Compared to the previous model, it has evolved from a basic off-roader to a lifestyle off-roading SUV with more advanced creature comforts.
To maintain the momentum, Mahindra is expected to release a five-door version of the latest Thar sometime next year, possibly at the 2023 Auto Expo in January. It will compete with the upcoming five-door Force Gurkha and the long-rumored five-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny, both of which will be available next year. It will most likely benefit in attracting buyers with improved design.
The Mahindra Thar five-door test mule appears to have a longer wheelbase than the three-door variant, and the rear features an upright tailgate with a spare wheel mounted on it and rectangular-shaped LED tail lamps. The turn indicators are mounted on the flared wheel arch fenders, and there is plenty of room between the wheels and the arches themselves.
The addition of rear doors and a longer rear overhang is visible, as are the upright tall pillars, slightly raked front windshield, flat roofline, rectangular Outside Rear View Mirrors, and concealed roof rails. In an interview, R Velusamy, Senior Vice President, Head – Automotive Product Development, confirmed that the same ladder frame chassis would support it as the Scorpio N.
The longer wheelbase of the five-door Mahindra Thar allows for more space for the occupants as well as a larger boot. A stiffer chassis setup could also improve its on-tarmac performance. We expect minor changes to the front fascia to differentiate it from the three-door model.
The interior could have different upholstery and surface trim levels, but the equipment list could be the same as the current model. In terms of performance, the existing 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-liter petrol engines may be retained, though power and torque figures may change. A six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission will be available. With the upcoming SUV, Mahindra could also aim for a five-star Global NCAP safety rating.