The Thar 5-Door is likely to have a longer wheelbase and a redesigned body.
Back in August 2020, we had reported that Mahindra was mulling a 5-door version of the Thar. The project was later given the go-ahead by the higher-ups and now it is said that a test mule disguised as a Bolero will soon hit the road.
The 5-door Thar is expected to be based on the same ladder-frame chassis as the 3-door version that is currently on sale. However, it is likely to have a longer wheelbase with a redesigned body and an additional set of doors.
Mahindra could offer the same set of engine and transmission options on the 5-door model. These include a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder mStallion petrol that produces 150 BHP and 320 Nm and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel with 130 BHP and 320 Nm. The engines could be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic along with a four-wheel-drive system and a manual-shift transfer case.
Here’s what GTO had to say on the matter:
A 5-door Thar has been in the works for a while, and am very glad to hear that its field trials are starting! As an owner of a vehicle with 2-doors, I can tell you that 2-door cars are best as the 2nd / 3rd / 4th car of the house, but not the 1st. Your parents will never be able to get on the backseat of the 2-door Thar; heck, even your friends & siblings will curse you. In India, 4 doors = TRIPLE the practicality.
There will certainly be some cannibalisation between the 2-door & 4-door Thars. In fact, I feel that if the 4-door was offered from the start, most current 2-door owners would’ve switched over. Even in USA – 2 door country – the 4-door variant outsells the 2-door one. Still, between the two, I feel the Thar has the capability to be a consistent 4000 units / month car in the long term.
Wishlist for the 4-door = cushier ride quality as it will be more of a family vehicle, and a bigger boot for the same reason. Am concerned about the price because the 2-door top variant costs 17-lakhs on the road. Would a 4-door nudge 19 – 20 lakhs? Whoa. Mahindra is minting money, thanks to a concept originally started by our beloved Behram Dhabhar.
There is a distinct difference between brand Bolero & brand Thar. Many Bolero customers might find the Thar too flashy. In rural India, brand Bolero is bigger than brand Thar. Also, Maruti has taught the entire industry two things:
– Cannibalisation within your own portfolio is no problem at all. In fact, it’s a good thing.
– If you don’t cannibalise your own offerings, someone else will gladly do it for you.
Thanks to BHPian Parm for sharing this information with other enthusiasts!
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