2020 Mahindra THAR SUV - All you need to know

2020 Mahindra THAR SUV - All you need to know

by admin | September 13, 2020

All-new Mahindra THAR

Mahindra is all set to launch their new generation Thar SUV on the 2nd of October. The new Thar is based on an all-new platform featuring lots of new features and new petrol engine option with an automatic gearbox. With this new-gen Thar, Mahindra has made it more road and user friendly. Here are all the details on the new Indian made lifestyle SUV.


    The new Mahindra Thar has grown in every dimension while maintaining the traditional Thar design. With a wider track and longer wheelbase, the Thar now resembles the Jeep Wrangler. The front grille and the bumpers are quite different in design though. The higher-spec LX variants also feature LED DRLs along with 18” alloy wheels. The lower-spec AX variants get 16” Steel rims. The new Thar will be available either as a Hardtop on the LX variants or with a fixed or convertible soft top on the AX variants. As standard, all variants come with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel with the LX variant getting a full-size alloy wheel.


    The interior of the new-gen Thar gets revolutionary changes when compared to the previous model. The design, layout and materials are vastly superior with more creature comfort and features.


The new-gen Thar will be available in two variant series; the Adventure focused AX series and the feature-oriented LX series.

    The AX series variant offers the following standard features:

  • AC

  • Power steering

  • Power windows

  • Central locking

  • 16” Steel wheels

  • Reverse sensors

  • Steel footsteps

  • Mechanical Diff lock 4x4

  • Fixed soft top

  • 6 seats (the side facing rear seats)

However, the AX series can also be had with an option pack including the following features:

  • Remote locking

  • Forward-facing rear seats

  • ISOFIX child seat mounts

  • Height adjustable driver seat

The comfort-oriented LX series will include the following additional features:

  • 18” alloy wheels

  • Front fog lamps

  • LED DRLs

  • Electric ORVMs

  • Driver seat lumbar adjust

  • TFT instrument cluster

  • 7” touchscreen system

  • 4 roof-mounted speakers

  • Android Auto & Apple car play

  • Adventure stats and Tyre direction assist

  • Electronic AC controls

  • Cruise control

  • 4 seats

  • Convertible or Hardtop

  • Moulded footsteps

  • Brake locking differential

All these features will make the new Thar more modern and comfortable for daily usage too.


       Safety features on the new Mahindra Thar BS6 include:

  • ABS with EBD

  • Dual airbags

  • ISOFIX child seat mounts (only on 4 seaters)

  • Pretensioner seatbelts

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Hill hold assist

  • ESP with traction control

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system


       The new Thar will be offered with both Turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. The 2.2L MHawk turbo diesel engine produces 130PS Power and 300NM torque through either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed Torque converter automatic gearbox (only on LX variants). Mahindra's new 2.0L MStallion turbo petrol engine will be debuting on the new Thar, producing Max Power of 150PS and torque of 320NM. The turbo petrol will be available with a 6-speed manual transmission only on the AX variants and with a 6-speed automatic transmission only on the LX variants.

All Thar variants will be available with a standard manual Shift-on the fly 4X4 transfer gearbox with diff locks.

Launch & price:

        The new Mahindra Thar will be launched on 2nd of October with expected pricing from Rs10L to Rs11L ex-showroom for the AX series and Rs11.5L to Rs12.5L for the LX series. With all the additional features and power, we expect this new Thar to give a tough time to the urban-oriented compact Crossovers too. Bookings for the new Thar will be open by the end of September. Stay tuned for further details and pricing.

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    The Nissan Magnite production version was revealed a couple of weeks ago and now the price has been revealed online before its official launch. This new compact SUV is going to be the Make-it or Break-it product for Nissan India. Now we have got the details of the variants and features split-up of the new compact SUV. Here are some clear details on what to expect:


    The Magnite will be sold in four variants, namely the XE, XL, XV, and the XV premium. All variants except for the entry-level XE can be ordered with either the 1.0L non-turbo or the turbo petrol engine.


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    Let's take a look at the features on offer:

    XE Variant:

    • 16” wheels

    • Dual-tone interior

    • Dual-tone bumpers

    • Roof rails

    • All power windows

    • 3.5” LCD display

    • Dual airbags

    • ABS with EBD

    • Reverse sensors

    • Central locking

    • Pretensioner seatbelts

    XL Variant:

    • Electric ORVMs with auto fold

    • Auto climate control

    • 6 speaker audio system

    • Steering mounted audio controls

    XV (High):

    • 16” Dual tone alloy wheels

    • LED DRLs

    • LED fog lamps

    • 8” touchscreen

    • Wireless Android auto & Apple carplay

    • 7” TFT color instrument cluster

    • Voice commands

    • Reverse camera

    • Smart key access

    • Push-button start

    • 60:40 split-folding rear seat

    XV (Premium):

    • LED bi-projector headlamps

    • Cruise control

    • 360 degree surround View camera

    • Tire pressure monitoring

    • All black interior

    XV (Premium) Optional:

    • Dual-tone roof

    Technology pack

    The Nissan Magnite will also be available with an optional Technology Pack on the XV and XV Premium variants. Features on this package include:

    • Wireless smartphone charging

    • Air purifier

    • Ambient mood lighting

    • Puddle lamps

    • JBL speakers


    The production-spec Nissan Magnite seems to retain most of the concept’s design elements including the large grille, the Sharp creases, and the funky alloy wheels. It has even the same sculpted bonnet and angular headlights. Since the Magnite was originally meant to be launched as a Datsun, the grille bears resemblance to the other Datsun models.

    The side profile looks muscular with prominent body cladding and large wheel arches which seem to dwarf the 16” wheels. The higher-spec variants also receive a dual-tone roof option, blacked-out pillars, and silver roof rails. At the back, the Magnite sports sharp-looking tail lamps which resemble those on the Triber's, a clean tailgate, and a dual-tone bumper. The Magnite is also set to be the first model in India to sport the new Nissan logo.


    The interior too is quite close to the concept with a large, centrally-mounted 8” touchscreen and layered dashboard with hexagonal AC vents.


    The Nissan Magnite will be available with two engine options. The first will be the 1.0L Energy series, 3 cylinders Naturally aspirated engine from the Renault Triber, producing 72PS Power through a 5-speed manual gearbox. The second powertrain will be a new HRA0 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit producing around 100PS (97bhp) of power and 160Nm of torque which will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission option as well as an X-TRONIC CVT automatic gearbox. 

    The new HRA0 1.0 3 cylinders turbocharged engine will get mirror bore cylinder coating technology from its legendary sport's car Nissan GT-R which will help to reduce the resistance inside the powertrain and also it will increase the overall efficiency of the engine.

    The XE variant will be available only with the 1.0L naturally aspirated engine.

    Pricing and launch:

    The new Nissan Magnite will be launched with pricing by early December 2020. 

    All-new Nissan Magnite Compact SUV Expected Price will start from 5.5 lakh and the top-spec Turbo Petrol CVT variant will go up to 9.55 Lakh.

    All-new Nissan Magnite Variant wise price details (ex-showroom)

    • 1.0L Petrol XE - Rs 5,50,000
    • 1.0L Petrol XL - Rs 6,25,000
    • 1.0L Petrol XV - Rs 6,75,000
    • 1.0L XV Premium - Rs 7,65,000
    • 1.0L Turbo Petrol XL - Rs 7,25,000
    • 1.0L Turbo Petrol XV - Rs 7,75,000
    • 1.0L Turbo Petrol XV Premium - Rs 8,65,000
    • 1.0L Turbo Petrol XL CVT Rs 8,15,000
    • 1.0L Turbo Petrol XV CVT Rs 8,65,000
    • 1.0L Turbo Petrol XV Premium CVT Rs 9,55,000

    When launched, the Magnite will go against the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra XUV300, and the Honda WRV as well. 

    Stay tuned for further updates on the Nissan Magnite.

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    Mercedes-Benz India has finally launched the EQC400 in the Indian market in keeping with the trend of electric SUVs. The EQC400 has been launched with introductory prices starting from Rs 99.30 lakh ex-showroom. 


    The EQC400 is powered by an 80 kWh battery pack stored under the floor. The motor is capable of producing maximum power output of over 408bhp and max torque of 765Nm. The electric SUV will do a 0-100kmph sprint in just 5.1 seconds. Top speed will be limited to 180 km/h whereas the EQC400 is claimed to have a full range of 400km on a single charge.


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    A full charge from a standard 15A (3.4kW) domestic socket will take 21 hours whereas a 7.5kW wall-box charger provided by Mercedes will take 10 hours. The network of 50kW DC fast chargers could drastically reduce the charging times to 90min.

    The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 is based on the GLE platform and is powered by twin electric motors. Mercedes-EQ is a different brand altogether and select Mercedes-Benz India dealerships will have a separated EQ space along with designated staff and workers of the EQ brand. Mercedes is also said to have taken care of the charging infrastructure and network as well. Mercedes-EQ India100es in India. 


    In terms of exterior design, the EQC400 features a unique grille and futuristic headlamps, complemented by an LED bar, a few blue accents, and tail-lamps joined by an LED bar. This would look nothing like the other Mercedes SUVs in India.


    On the inside, it features the typical new-age Mercedes layout, with dual-screen infotainment and instrumentation display. Other details like the bronze inserts in the air-con vents and unique seat design sets it apart. The electric SUV features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected tech, a massive sunroof, seven airbags and Attention Assist, amongst other convenience features.

    Mercedes-Benz India will also offer 8 year/1.6 lakh kilometres warranty with the EQC400.


    Being an EV, buyers will get a lot of deductions and benefits with Mercedes claiming the on-road price of the EQC400 same as the ex-showroom price. However, the 99.30 lakh price is only for first 50 buyers and is likely to be increased later on.

    But what about hatchbacks? Well, they’re still in demand too and we think they still would be in the near future. After all, small, affordable and peppy cars are always good in have in congested cities. Speaking of small cars, the Kia Picanto has made quite a name since its launch a few years ago. Also known as ‘ Kia Morning’ in many countries, the Picanto is available in three engine options, funky colours and a few of the so called attractive features.

    Based on the Hyundai i10 platform internationally, the Picanto is quite similar in size to that of the


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    i10 making it look like one too, if you look closely from different angles. But that’s possible only if you have a keen eye. The 2020 avatar of the Picanto has many aesthetic changes made to it which make it a bit overwhelming for a small car.

    The front end gets a new chrome ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, LED projector headlamps, a redesigned bumper with a new place for the fog lights and bigger air dams. Overall, we think Kia has tried to make the Picanto look a bit aggressive but the front actually looks like there’s too much happening there all at the same time. A bit cramped of sorts.

    The rear and sides too don’t miss out on the 2020 updates. The rear bumper gets a diffuser, taillights are now LED and the alloy wheels get a new design. Yes, we know, it looks like it has fake exhausts. The look at the back is opposite from what’s happening in the front. There’s lots of space the designers could fill stuff in. Or not, perhaps.

    Speaking of the interior, most things looked the same as the earlier models except for a few additions that would make it a highly attractive package in India. A large eight- inch touch screen Infotainment System with UVO connectivity suite, automatic AC, push button start- stop, an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats and a semi digital instrument panel with a 4.2 inch multi- information display. As keen drivers, we liked the electric sunroof bit the most.

    Speaking of the heart of the matter, the Kia Picanto comes with three engine options- a 1.0 litre three cylinder naturally aspirated engine churning out 75 bhp and 95NM of torque, a four cylinder 1.2 litre engine making around 85 bhp and lastly, a 1.0 litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 99 bhp. That’s a lot of choice for a small car! The three cylinder motors however get only a 5 speed manual gearbox whereas the four cylinder motor gets the option of a 4- speed automatic.

    Safety too isn’t compromised. It has what most modern small hatchbacks come with- seven airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking assist, and many other features which we may not see in India even if the car is launched soon. The seven airbags option is also a great start in terms of safety for a small car like the Picanto and we do hope to see it if at all the car is launched in India.

    Speaking of the Kia Picanto launch in India, Kia has expressed that it isn’t keen on entering the hatchback segment in India yet, especially when it is currently focussing on bringing the compact SUV Kia Sonet into India soon. But with times changing quickly, you may see the Picanto on Indian roads sooner than expected. Or, maybe not so soon. Well, only time will tell in case you’ve been waiting for this hatchback.