Mahindra Thar EV Concept will reportedly use four electric motors – each presumably driving one wheel to form a 4WD system
Mahindra & Mahindra will reportedly unveil the electric concept of the Thar on August 15, 2023 in South Africa. It will be accompanied by a next-generation Tractor platform and the debut of a pickup truck concept based on the Scorpio N. The off-road SUV has really established itself over two generations in its ICE avatar.
Whether the concept will transition into a production model or not is yet unknown. However, Mahindra is planning to start introducing the XUV.e and BE range of electric SUVs from late next year. The report further noted that the Mahindra Thar EV concept won’t feature twin electric motors as each typically would drive one axle to form a 4WD system.
Instead, the concept will be equipped with four electric motors – presumably one driving each wheel. It may also act as a technology demonstrator for the crab walk function as each wheel may turn close to 45 degrees for tucking in sideways in a contested parking space or to effortlessly do a 360-degree turn in no time.
The Mahindra Thar EV concept could be underpinned by the modified version of the body on frame platform found in the IC-engined avatar. The homegrown SUV maker could be influenced by its dedicated skateboard architectures as well. In the global markets, maintaining off-road authenticity, we have seen several carmakers bringing in ladder frame-based zero-emission SUVs with go-anywhere capabilities too.
Previously, Mahindra admitted that the body-on-frame e-SUVs are being considered. The event in South Africa is expected to reveal a host of future plans for Mahindra. The brand is currently testing the facelifted XUV300 compact SUV and the five-door Thar and both are expected to be unveiled in the first half of next year.
The upcoming larger Thar will be positioned above the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Jimny five-door and thus it won’t have any direct rival. It will continue to use the 2.2L mHawk diesel and the 2.0L mStallion petrol engines. The updated XUV300 will be heavily influenced by the XUV700 in terms of design and the interior will likely be brand new.