Mahindra launched the second-gen Thar in October 2020. And since its launch, it has been an instant hit with Mahindra receiving more than 20,000 bookings in just one month. So, to cope with this immense demand Mahindra has opted to stop taking bookings for the base-spec AX Std and AX variants and focus on the production of the more popular AX(O) and LX variants.
The AX Std and AX variants were the only variants in the lineup to be offered in a 6-seater configuration with side-facing seats at the back. Compared to higher AX(O) and LX, the lower variants also missed out on locking rear differential even though they were offered with 4WD as standard. Standard features on offer include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, tilt-adjustable steering, manual day/night IRVM and manual AC.
Over the AX, the AX(O) variant gets height-adjustable driver’s seat, remote keyless entry and front power windows. The LX variants, on the other hand, get additional features like 18-inch alloys, electronic stability control, ISOFIX child seat anchors, cruise control, steering mounted controls, tyre pressure monitor system, electrically adjustable ORVMs and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It is to be noted that Mahindra has stopped accepting the bookings for the AX Std and AX for a limited period only. The bookings are expected to resume as soon as Mahindra is able to cope with the demand. Waiting periods on the Thar have gone up to 7 months in some cities across the country.
The Tharis offered with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel engine on offer is a 2.2-litre engine unit making 130PS and 300Nm while the petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbo unit making 150PS/300Nm (320Nm for automatic). Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed MT as well as a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
With the removal of two variant, for now, prices of the Thar range from Rs 11.90 lakh to Rs 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Earlier, the base-spec Thar was priced at Rs 9.80 lakh. The Thar has no direct rivals in India but price-wise it competes with compact SUVs like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks. That said, Force is also gearing up to launch the BS6 Gurkha in India while Maruti is developing a 5-door Jimny for the Indian market. Once launched, both the SUVs will take on the Mahindra Thar.