After being on sale last year, the 2020 Mahindra Thar has had tremendous sales success. The lengthy waiting time, which may last up to seven months, is evidence of this 4X4 SUV’s success. The new Thar is a well-rounded combination of cutting-edge technology and tough off-roading capabilities. The Suzuki Jimny test mule, on the other hand, has been seen on several occasions, hinting to its impending release. The variant that will be released in India is the five-door model, which is intended to appeal to customers searching for a family-friendly SUV. Yet, considering the popularity of the three-door Thar, Suzuki could also introduce the Jimny’s sibling with three doors. (Jimny vs. Thar)
Pros of Mahindra Thar: Design (Jimny vs. Thar)
Although the Thar resembles the Jeep Wrangler in appearance, it has a real SUV posture thanks to its boxy, meaty, and powerful appearance. As you roll up to the traffic signal and halt, it has a commanding presence on the road and will draw attention.
Ability to Go Off-Road (Jimny vs. Thar)
Thar is a force to be reckoned with because off-roading is ingrained in its genetic makeup. The Thar will always prevail even in the worst possible driving conditions. You may get a sense of the Thar’s potential from the numbers below.
|Off-road Requirements||Values for Thar|
|Ground Coverage||226 mm|
|Approach Direction||42 Degrees|
|Reverse Brake Angle||27 Degrees|
|Deviation Angle||37 Degrees|
|Water Holding Power||650 mm|
The brake-locking differential, which redirects power away from freely spinning wheels and onto the wheels that need it most, is also included with the Thar. Thar has an advantage over its rivals thanks to its mechanical locking differential.
Petrol and Diesel Engines That Are Strong:
There are two engine options for the Thar. In fact, it is the only vehicle here that offers a diesel engine. Optional features include a manual-shift transfer case and a part-time four-wheel drive system.
|2.0 m Petrol Stallion Turbo||152 bhp||300/320 Nm||6-speed manual/automatic|
|2.2 mHawk Diesel||132 bhp||300 Nm||Automatic or manual six-speed transmission|
For urban automobile customers, the New Thar is packed with goodies. The following is a list of every feature it provides:
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple Car Play and Android Auto
- Cabin that is washable and has its own plugs
- Weather-resistant buttons
- Dedicated screen for information on off-road driving
- Steering-mounted controls for media and phone
- Cruise management
- Offering a soft top convertible as an option
- Blue Sense technology for SmartWatch and phone connection
- System for measuring tyre pressure
- A six-speaker audio system with speakers positioned on the roof
- Parking sensors in back
- LED DRLs
All variations of the Thar come standard with hill hold and hill descent controls, dual front airbags, ISOFIX mounts, ESP, and ABS with EBD. Moreover, it has a built-in roll cage for increased stability and security.
Mahindra Thar Drawbacks
A fun and endearing SUV is the Mahindra Thar. There are certain aspects of it, though, that you might not enjoy. This is a list of them.
- The Thar has a worse power to weight ratio due to its high weight of almost 1700 kilos. This has an impact on the vehicle’s fuel efficiency as well, resulting in a lower fuel average.
- For customers who wish to utilise their three-door vehicle for family vacations, it is not particularly feasible. For the 4-seater model, entering the second row is a little challenging. The elderly family members could find it challenging to get in and out of the automobile. There just isn’t enough room in the car’s boot to accommodate your weekend getaways’ worth of bags.
- The Thar’s riding quality is not something you would yearn for. Even on the tarmac, it isn’t the smoothest. Its high-speed steadiness does not inspire a lot of confidence.
- The premium Thar versions are quite expensive and missing equipment like reverse parking cameras, auto IRVMs, auto headlights, LED headlamps, etc. that are available in vehicles with comparable prices.
Pros of the Suzuki Jimny: Design (Jimny vs. Thar)
The Jimny is attractive, just like the Thar. If the Jimny resembles the Jeep Wrangler, the Thar may be compared to a young Mercedes G-Class (Geländewagen). We are also reminded of the outdated Gypsy by its squared-off design, which it replaces.
Off-Roading Capability: (Jimny vs. Thar)
The Jimny, one of the most powerful off-road vehicles, has a history spanning more than 50 years. The Jimny has a partial four-wheel drive option that is switchable, just like the Thar. It receives a shift-on-the-fly transfer case and a brake locking differential.
|Off-road Requirements||Values for Jimny|
|Ground Coverage||210 mm|
|Approach Direction||37 Degrees|
|Reverse Brake Angle||28 Degrees|
|Deviation Angle||49 Degrees|
|Water Holding Power||320 mm|
Petrol Engine That Saves Fuel:
A 1.5L four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine with outstanding fuel economy powers the Jimny. The mild hybrid technology we see in other Maruti vehicles may possibly be present in this. The Jimny’s lighter weight contributes positively to maintaining its power-to-weight ratio.
|K15B 1.5L Petrol||103 bhp||138 Nm||5-speed automatic|
The Jimny is packed with features, much like the Thar. In fact, it has a few more than the Thar does not.
- 8-inch touchscreen infotainment framework with Android Auto and Apple Vehicle Play
- Full LED headlights and DRL-equipped fog lamps
- All four windows are powered
- Cruise management
- controls located on the steering
- A camera and rear parking sensors
- Automatic temperature regulation
- caution for lane deviation
- Automatic braking
- High beam assistance
All Jimny models come standard with hill hold and hill descent controls, two front airbags, ISOFIX mounts, ABS with EBD, and other safety features. Moreover, the Jimny’s higher-end models feature more curtain airbags.
Suzuki Jimny Drawbacks
The Jimny has a few chinks in its armour in addition to all of its magnificent attributes.
- Jimny lacks a diesel engine option since Maruti Suzuki would only sell petrol cars in India.
- Although the interiors of the Jimny that will be sold in India have not yet been revealed, the model that is already available worldwide has a straightforward dashboard and instrument panel.
- Only the higher trim levels have the option of four-wheel drive; the lower trim levels derive their power from the front wheels.
- Jimny’s off-roading potential is somewhat constrained by its smaller tyre size and lower ground clearance.
Both Mahindra and Suzuki present convincing arguments in favour of their own off-roading products. Both goods do have certain advantages and disadvantages, though. Let’s examine them more closely.
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