Mahindra Thar awarded 4-star rating in Global NCAP crash test
The 2020 Mahindra Thar SUV has received a 4-star safety rating in a crash assessment conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP). The agency claimed that the four-wheeler provides adequate protection for adult as well as child occupant, and meets the side-impact UN 95 regulation. However, the scores were not enough to award the car a 5-star rating. Here's our roundup.
A detailed look at the crash test report
As per Global NCAP's crash test report, the 2020 Mahindra Thar offered good protection to the driver and co-driver's neck, along with adequate protection for the driver's chest. However, co-driver's chest received good protection in the crash test. Meanwhile, the bodyshell was rated as stable and it was capable of withstanding further load.
2020 Mahindra Thar: At a glance
Following the recent line-up rejig, the Mahindra Thar is now offered in two trims: AX Optional and LX. The car has a boxy design, a large blacked-out grille with vertical slats, and rounded headlights. The SUV is flanked by square-shaped windows, blacked-out ORVMs, wheel arches, and heavy-duty alloy wheels. It is available with a choice of fabric soft-top, convertible soft-top, and hard-top roofs.
Power and performance
The 2020 Thar is offered with two BS6-compliant engine choices: a 2.0-liter mStallion turbo-petrol that churns out 150hp/320Nm and a 2.2-liter diesel mill that generates 130hp/320Nm. The transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
How does the cabin look like?
The 2020 Thar has a blacked-out cabin with reclinable rear seats, automatic climate control, roof-mounted speakers, and a multifunctional steering wheel with cruise control. The SUV houses a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment panel with support for Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. For the safety of passengers, there are dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, ESP with roll-over mitigation, hill-hold control, and hill-descent control.
How much does it cost?
As the standard AX trims have been delisted in India, the 2020 Mahindra Thar now starts at Rs. 11.90 lakh for the AX Optional 4-seater model and goes up to Rs. 13.75 lakh for the top-tier LX (Diesel) 4-seater hard-top AT model (all prices, ex-showroom).