New Mahindra Thar AX and LX variants explained

New Mahindra Thar AX and LX variants explained

18th Aug 2020 6:00 am

There will be a total of seven versions of the all-new Thar available when it goes on sale on October 2.


The new Mahindra Thar has just been unveiled before its launch on October 2. Along with confirming a large number of new details – from the powertrains on offer to the styling and features – Mahindra has also revealed that the 2020 Thar will be on offer in two variants – AX and LX.

  • 2020 Mahindra Thar to be available with four engine-gearbox options
  • Second-gen Thar to be on offer in AX and LX trims
  • Thar AX geared towards off-road enthusiasts; Thar LX has more creature comforts

One of the major mechanical highlights of the all-new Thar is that it comes with a choice of two engines – a 152hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol along with a 132hp, 2.2-litre diesel. Both have 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options and get a 4x4 system as standard; a manual-shift transfer case with a low ratio is standard across all powertrain options.

With four engine-gearbox options and two trim lines, the second generation of Mahindra’s off-roader will be available in a total of seven versions. Here’s what’s available, in terms of features, on each:

2020 Mahindra Thar AX

  • 2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 6-speed manual gearbox
  • 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 6-speed manual gearbox
  • Mechanical locking diff
  • Dual front airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Central locking
  • Rear parking sensors with a display
  • Manual inside day-night rearview mirror
  • Rear defogger (optional)
  • Roll cage (optional)
  • Fixed soft top
  • LED tail-lights
  • Convertible top or hard top (optional)
  • 16-inch steel wheels (white) with 245/75 R16 tyres
  • 6-seat layout – 2 front seats and 4 side-facing seats
  • Front facing rear seats with 50:50 split/folding and adjustable headrests (optional)
  • 4-way adjust for front passenger seat (optional)
  • Manual air-con
  • Power windows
  • Power steering
  • 12V accessory socket
  • Remote keyless entry (optional with hard top)
  • Driver’s seat height adjust (optional)

2020 Mahindra Thar LX

In addition to the features and optional equipment on the Thar AX

  • 2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 6-speed automatic gearbox
  • 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 6-speed manual gearbox
  • 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 6-speed automatic gearbox
  • Brake locking diff
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with rollover mitigation
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Tyre direction monitor
  • Three-point seatbelts for all four passengers
  • Hill-start and descent assist
  • Isofix child seat mounts
  • Roll cage
  • Speed-sensing front door locks
  • Follow-me-home headlights
  • Convertible top or hard top
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 255/65 R18 tyres
  • Dual-tone bumpers
  • Moulded footsteps
  • LED daytime running lights and front fog lights
  • Fender-mounted antenna
  • 4-seat layout – front facing rear seats get a 50:50 split/fold function
  • 8-way adjustable front seats including height and lumbar adjust
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Cruise control
  • Power adjustable outside rearview mirrors
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and navigation
  • Roof-mounted speakers – 4 speakers and 2 tweeters
  • USB connectivity
  • A colour multi-info display in the instrument cluster
  • Steering-mounted controls

The new Thar LX is intended as more of a lifestyle product with its long list of creature comforts, while the Thar AX is oriented towards enthusiasts, with a more basic specification at a lower price point. In either case, cleaning up after a mud-plugging session should be relatively easy, as Mahindra has provided drizzle-resistant (IP54 Standard) switches on the dashboard and a wipe-down interior.

We’ll have to wait until October 2 for the 2020 Mahindra Thar prices, but for now, it seems like Mahindra has met the brief on retaining the Thar’s off-road ability, while also targeting a more mainstream buyer.

Also see:

2020 Mahindra Thar review, test drive

2020 Mahindra Thar first look video

2020 Mahindra Thar image gallery

Mahindra Thar
Mahindra Thar

Rs 11.29 lakh * on road price (New Delhi)

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