Review: 2017 Mahindra Thar CRDe

15 December 2017, Neil Parkhi


The Mahindra Thar is a compact and mid-size four-wheel drive off-road and “Jeep” (SUV), manufactured by Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. The vehicle was launched in the Indian market on October 2010 to fill the void left by its predecessor the Mahindra MM540. The Thar has been voted one of the top 10 SUVs available in the Indian market. Three variants-DI 2WD, DI 4WD and CRDe, with available on soft top version. The Thar also comes with a 7-seater option, though it can be converted into a two seater. The That overall is considered a very unique vehicle. It is quite elegant for off roading and it has better design towards a Willy’s Jeep, compared to the Jeep Wrangler. However, the Thar is not street legal in the United States, particularly due to not having any safety features, airbags, and being able to properly see and feel the bare outer structure of the vehicle.


Steering and Transmission
Steering Type Hydraulic Assist, Rack and Pinion Power Steering
Transmission Type 5 Speed Manual
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type 16 inch steel wheels with 5 spoke wheel caps
Rear Wheel Type 16 inch steel wheels with 5 spoke wheel caps
Front Tire Type 235/70R16
Rear Tire Type 235/70R16
Front Brake Type Ventilated Disc
Rear Brake Type Drum
Front Suspension Type Independent Torsion Beam
Rear Suspension Type Semi Ellpitical-Leaf
Suspension Features Stabilizer Bars, Coil Springs, Gas Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Length (in, mm) 154.3in, 3920mm
Width (in, mm) 70in, 1726mm
Height (in, mm) 76in, 1930mm
Wheelbase (in, mm) 95.7in, 2430mm
Weight (lb, kg) 3858lb, 1750kg
Engine Specifications
Engine Type 2.2 liter mHawk 140 16 valve turbo diesel inline 4 cylinder
Power (bhp, PS, kW) 105bhp, 106PS, 79kW @ 3800 rpm
Torque (lb-ft, Nm) 182lb-ft, 247Nm @ 1800-2800RPM
0-60 mph (0-97 kmph) 15.6 seconds
Top Speed (mph, kmph) 96 mph, 154 kmph
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Size (gal, L) 15.9 gallons, 60L
Fuel Type B20 Diesel
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 31mpg, 13kmpL
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 40mpg, 17kmpL
Cargo Specifications
Cargo Space (ft3, L) 13.6ft3, 384L
Max. Cargo Space (ft3, L) 13.6ft3, 384L