Here’s the budget Jeep Wrangler knockoff Mahindra built – Roadshow

Look acquainted? Yeah…


Since Fiat Chrysler Cars efficiently put a cease to India’s Mahindra’s plans to import its price range off-road SUVs, maybe the corporate simply stopped attempting to make automobiles resembling Jeeps. Why? As a result of the Mahindra Thar seems a lot like a Wrangler.

Mahindra revealed the Thar over the weekend and mentioned the brand new SUV is much more succesful than the mannequin it replaces. As a lot because the SUV seems like a Wrangler on the surface, it positively does not have the identical enchantment inside; it is clear this can be a very price range SUV on the finish of the day.

We can’t even discuss in regards to the reality the headlights, grille and general profile mimic the Wrangler. That is apparent sufficient. Inside is the place the SUVs enterprise down totally different roads. Whereas the Wrangler sports activities a really good cabin even in its most reasonably priced trim, the Thar seems like a sea of grey plastic. Funds is not at all times a foul factor, however there’s nothing significantly engaging about this inside.

Mahindra Thar

It is not significantly nice-looking inside.


Forward of the driving force sit analog gauges and a small data display, and to the left, a 7.0-inch infotainment display. All of the controls appear simple sufficient.

Powering the Wrangler lookalike is both a 2.0-liter gasoline engine or a 2.2-liter diesel engine, and patrons have the selection of a six-speed handbook or computerized transmission. 4×4 functionality is commonplace, too, and the Thar will get some new security gear that may have been new within the US a long time in the past. Anti-lock brakes, two airbags and different necessities for the US are actually included.

We can’t see the Thar within the US since FCA’s authorized groups fought to block any Mahindra imports to the US of the Roxor mannequin, which additionally seems like a Wrangler. Possibly that is for the very best.

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Sean Szymkowski