Thursday, April 11, 2024

Vision Thar.e, an electric version of the iconic Thar

The Mahindra Thar is a full-featured SUV perfect for city and highway driving needs. It is a four-wheel drive SUV that handles some of the most challenging terrains and is popular among adventurers.

The Thar is most revered and loved by both off-road enthusiasts and the general public in India, attracting attention wherever it goes with its distinctive and rugged beauty.

Now Mahindra and Mahindra’s subsidiary, Mahindra Electric Automobiles Limited (MEAL), has unveiled the concept of an electric version of the iconic Thar, the Vision Thar.e, at the Futurescape event in Cape Town, South Africa.

Vision Thar.e represents a revolutionary design with a futuristic look, preserving the iconic brand’s strong DNA and emphasizing the ‘explore the impossible’ philosophy.

Ther.e will be based on the INGLO electric platform and equipped with a state-of-the-art high-performance all-wheel-drive electric powertrain.

Veejay Nakra, President – Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said, “Vision Thar.e is a testament to innovation and a pioneering design philosophy that is uniquely Mahindra and distinctively global. Thar.e caters to the adventurer in all of us, craving exploration without compromise. Aligned with the global movement towards responsible consumption, our focus on sustainable materials resonates with the broader shift towards being planet positive, ensuring that Thar.e is both timeless and timely.”

Pratap Bose, Chief Design Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said, “Creating Vision Thar.e was about embracing a future that’s bold and innovative. Our design forges a new path, standing as a testament to Mahindra’s commitment to cutting-edge creativity and breakaway thinking. We have maintained the adventurous spirit and off-roading capability that is quintessentially Thar, but we have crafted a unique identity in the world of electric SUVs. This endeavor goes beyond creating another off-roader; it shapes a vision that represents a progressive step in automotive design without losing sight of where we came from. Thar.e is our declaration of an exciting and responsible future.”

In terms of design, the Thar.e follows a brand-new boxy dimension design. Embody crisp, geometric surfaces and provide increased ground clearance.

At the front of the Thar.e are square headlight units set in a rectangle with three LED elements on one side.

Mahindra Vision Thar.e.
Mahindra Vision Thar.e. Credit: Mahindra

The interior of the Thar.e will feature a minimalist design with a central pivoting screen, grab handles, and a fabric made of 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with the essential functionality of off-road driving.

Incorporating 50% recycled PET and recyclable uncoated plastics, Thar.e’s construction showcases a sincere commitment to environmental stewardship.

With adaptable, modular, and interchangeable components, the Thar.e reflects an innovative approach to electric SUV construction.

Mahindra has not shared details about the EV’s launch date, specifications, range, and battery.