Since its launch in January 2023, Thar RWD has enjoyed great success in India. The Mahindra Thar RWD is more affordable, making it a top choice for buyers who want the rugged appeal of a Thar without the luxury of a four-wheel drive. The popularity of thar RWD is evidenced by the current wait time of up to 17 months.
For the diesel version of the Mahindrathal RWD, which has a 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, the waiting period is 17 months. In contrast, the petrol version of the Thar RWD has a much shorter wait time of just one month. This indicates that the diesel version is in high demand, despite the petrol version being more powerful but less efficient.
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Available in two variants, the Thar RWD Diesel features a smaller 1.5-litre diesel engine as opposed to the larger and more powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine of the Thar 4WD diesel. The Thar 4WD’s 2.2-litre diesel engine produces 130 horsepower, while the Taal RWD’s smaller 1.5-litre diesel engine produces a maximum output of 118 horsepower. Surprisingly, both diesel engines have the same maximum torque of 300Nm.
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Unlike the Thar 4WD Diesel, which offers both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Thar RWD Diesel is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the Thar RWD petrol engine shares a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder medallion turbocharged petrol engine with the Thar 4WD petrol engine, delivering the same power and torque of 150 hp and 300 Nm respectively. The Thar 4WD Petrol is only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the Thar 4WD Petrol is available with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
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Of course, the Mahindra Thar RWD lacks some of the off-road capabilities of the Thar 4WD with its all-wheel-drive system and its manually operated 4×4 transfer case. However, the Thar RWD is equipped with a manual limited-slip differential, which, while not as smooth as the 4WD version, still has good traction over rough terrain. The 4WD version of the Thar will be offered in both hardtop and convertible body styles, while the RWD version will be limited to the hardtop body version.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny is launching soon
Maruti Suzuki will soon launch the new Jimny in the Indian market. The new all-terrain vehicle is set to go on sale next month and should take most of the sales away from Thar. The Maruti Suzuki Jimny will likely have a long wait, but will likely remain significantly cheaper than the Thar.
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