Mahindra Thar Wanderlust gets custom features like gullwing doors, LED headlamps and a slew of other off-roading accessories
Mahindra & Mahindra have been well-known for the display of their custom vehicles at the biennial Auto Expo. Its 14th edition sees no difference as the Stinger convertible concept, flagship Rexton and electric KUV are accompanied by a slew of modified vehicles including the one based on the Thar off-roader.
The Indian manufacturer showcased the humongous DayBreak edition of the Thar back in 2016 Auto Expo and it was so popular that the entire kit was offered for around Rs. 10 lakh. Keen to impress the spectators and off-road enthusiasts, Mahindra has introduced the Wanderlust edition of the Thar and it is as impressive as it gets.
It is perhaps the most modern and heavily accessorised version of the Thar the brand has ever produced. In a nutshell, it has all the goods about the Daybreak in a conventionally usable package. The main highlight of the Mahindra Thar Wanderlust has to be the gullwing styled doors which give better access to the rear passengers.
Moreover, it renders the Wanderlust a sense of adventure spirit never-before-seen in a Thar custom vehicle. Up front, Mahindra engineers have fitted a brand new front grille finished in grey. It enhances the menacing factor while the flared fenders and modified bonnet compound the off-roading intent further.
The Wanderlust is bolted with huge 33-inch tyres and the captain seats are built by Sparco with five-point seat harness. Accommodating four people, the customised Thar wore a blue matte colour scheme and the winch mounted on the bumper with snorkel enhances its off-roading credentials.
Other important visual modifications are dual-tone interior, round-shaped LED headlamps, grey finished ORVMs mounted on the doors, single exhaust on each sides, etc. As for the powertrain, it uses the same 2.5-litre CRDe turbocharged diesel engine which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 105 bhp and 247 Nm of peak torque.
It is connected to a five-speed manual transmission with two-wheel and four-wheel drive modes. There is no official word from Mahindra yet on when the Wanderlust kit will be offered commercially for the desired buyers. However, considering its popularity at the 2018 Auto Expo, there should something be brewing in the horizon.