With the launch of the Mahindra Thar 5-door approaching reality, the test mules of the SUV, already undergoing trial runs across the country, are gradually revealing the features we can expect from this new vehicle. Recently, a couple of test mules of the five-door Thar were spotted during their trial runs in North India, confirming that this upcoming SUV will come equipped with a sunroof and rear AC vents—features currently unavailable in the three-door Thar already on sale.
A video of the test mules of the five-door Mahindra Thar, uploaded by a YouTube user named “Ram Meena,” shows two fully camouflaged five-door Thars. The SUV seen on the test retains the front and profiles of the Mahindra Thar 3-door, including flared front wheel arches with LED lights, rounded headlamps, protruding front bumpers, rectangular LED tail lamps, and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. The five-door Thar also features the iconic seven-slat grille, though in a partitioned design, reminiscent of the Mahindra Armada from a bygone era.
To accommodate the additional rear doors, Mahindra has increased the wheelbase of the Thar for this five-door version. The rear doors have their opening handles integrated into the B-pillars. While the Thars were heavily camouflaged, a closer inspection revealed that they were equipped with a single-pane sunroof, much like what we have already seen in the Mahindra Scorpio-N.
A closer look at the Mahindra Thar five-door reveals that its cabin layout closely resembles that of the three-door Thar already on sale. However, the cabin has been upgraded with more modern comfort and convenience features, all of which are missing in the Thar three-door. The five-door version of the Mahindra Thar has been seen with a larger touchscreen infotainment system, rear AC vents, a push start-stop button, and automatic climate control. It also features a different multi-functional steering wheel borrowed from the XUV700.
Although Mahindra has tweaked the exterior and interior of the five-door Thar with more features and styling changes, the choice of engines under the hood is expected to remain the same. The Thar 3-door is currently available with 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol and 2.2-liter diesel engine options in the four-wheel-drive variants. It is expected that the 5-door Thar will retain both of these engine options in a higher state of tune, similar to those of the Scorpio-N, which also features the same engines but in a more powerful state of tune than the Thar 3-door.