The Thar.e, which will be an electric version of the Thar, was recently teased by Mahindra & Mahindra. On August 15th, the company plans to present this concept model at the ‘Futurescape’ convention in Cape Town, South Africa. Mahindra will also display a global tractor platform and a pick-up truck prototype at the event in addition to the Thar.e.
Even though the teaser only gives a brief peek at the car, it does reveal that it will be built on the same Born Electric platform as the five other future Mahindra electric vehicles. This means that the Thar.e won’t fundamentally utilise the same platform as the 3-door Thar, a ladder frame chassis. Due to size and modularity limitations, an electric powertrain can be challenging to install in a ladder frame chassis.
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The electric Thar is anticipated to look identical to the regular Thar in terms of design, however, this has not yet been confirmed we will have to wait eagerly till the 15th. The teaser reveals the tail lights distinctive design—a square unit housing a smaller square with a series of LED’s within., which is quite identical to those on the current Thar but and equipped with LED technology. Whether the Thar.e will be a three-door vehicle, a larger 5-door vehicle, or perhaps be offered with both body styles, has yet to be determined.
It’s worth highlighting that Mahindra is set to unveil the concept version of the Thar.e, with the actual production model still a few years down the road before it hits the market.
The Thar.e might have a battery pack with a capacity of 60 kwh and a motor on each axle for 4WD. While the existing Thar may be supported by Mahindra’s INGLO skateboard platform. The present Thar is based on a ladder-on-frame platform. The powertrain is currently unknown, but given that it is based on the Mahindra Born Electric platform, it may have a dual-motor setup with an expected output f390 bhp which the Single-motor versions have an output of 280 bhp. Although it hasn’t been verified, the Thar.e might have a new powertrain.
On August 15, Mahindra will also debut the pickup built on the Scorpio-N platform; its codename is Z121. The company already offers the Scorpio Classic Pickup for sale in South Africa and is working to increase its global reach. So stay tuned to the Motoring World social media pages for all the live updates from this event.
Amidst the buzz surrounding Mahindra, let’s not overlook their partnership with the Volkswagen Group for the development of all-electric powertrains and batteries. Anticipation builds as we await the unveiling of the final production version of these concept cars, although it’s slated to be over 18 months before we can witness the outcome firsthand. The collaborative efforts are sure to yield intriguing results and disrupt a couple of other manufacturers.