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In a stride towards reinvention, Mahindra and Mahindra India’s 4th largest car manufacturer today lifted the veil on its latest creation, the Mahindra Thar.e concept. This much-anticipated 5-door Thar’s version unveiling took place in the stunning backdrop of Cape Town when the country India is celebrating its 77th Independence Day. This new chapter of That.e concept car in Mahindra’s design signifies its ethos and commitment to electric mobility and has raised a new zeal amongst its Thar fans. As the Thar EV aims to combine the best of both worlds: the off-road capabilities and heritage of the Thar and the environmental benefits and futuristic features of an electric vehicle.
However, as the company states that it is a concept, it is still not sure if we’ll get to see the commercial version of the car on sale or not. Thar fans are hoping to see the iconic 4X4 Thar in the e-vehicles segment lining up for sale soon.
The prices are still on hold to be disclosed.
Technology and Drivetrain
The Thar EV is based on Mahindra’s new INGLO platform, which accommodates various sizes and shapes of this concept vehicle. Thar EV will have a wheelbase that ranges from 2,775mm to 2,975mm, depending on the configuration. The ground clearance will be between 250mm and 300mm, and the front and rear overhangs will be between 640mm and 740mm.
Mahindra Thar.e is one of the five ”born electric” SUVs, which Mahindra is set to unveil by October 2026, all built on Mahindra’s INGLO platform.
The powertrain of the Thar EV is expected to be sourced from Volkswagen, which has partnered with Mahindra to provide electric motors and batteries for its vehicles. The Thar EV will have two electric motors, one on each axle, providing all-wheel drive and a combined output of 335bhp to 390bhp and 310Nm of torque. The Thar.e will have a battery pack capacity of around 80kWh, giving the Thar EV a range of about 400 km – 465 km on one full charge. The Thar EV will also have fast-charging capabilities, which will allow its batteries to recharge up to 80% in less than an hour.
Features and Technology
The Thar EV will also have advanced features and technologies, such as regenerative braking, adaptive suspension, a digital dashboard, a touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, voice control, and autonomous driving modes. The Thar EV will also have off-road features, such as hill descent control, traction control, locking differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, and snorkel.
Veejay Nakra, President – Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said,
“Vision Thar.e is a testament to innovation and a pioneering design philosophy that is uniquely Mahindra and distinctively global. Thar.e caters to the adventurer in all of us, craving exploration without compromise. Aligned with the global movement towards responsible consumption, our focus on sustainable materials resonates with the broader shift towards being planet positive, ensuring that Thar.e is both timeless and timely.”
Pratap Bose, Chief Design Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said,
“Creating Vision Thar.e was about embracing a future that’s bold and innovative. Our design forges a new path, standing as a testament to Mahindra’s commitment to cutting-edge creativity and breakaway thinking. We have maintained the adventurous spirit and off-roading capability that is quintessentially Thar, but we have crafted a unique identity in the world of electric SUVs. This endeavor goes beyond creating another off-roader; it shapes a vision that represents a progressive step in automotive design, without losing sight of where we came from. Thar.e is our declaration of an exciting and responsible future.”
As Mahindra unveils the Thar.e, it signifies a significant transformation in its lineup and a bold step towards sustainability. With an electric heart and off-road soul, the Thar.e paves the way for a thrilling future in the world of electric mobility. For me, even I am waiting to experience a thrilling ride on an eco-friendly Mahindra Thar.