Mahindra Thar based on 5-door Scorpio N platform, will compete with Gorkha, Jimny


Domestic automaker Mahindra recently launched the new generation Scorpio N SUV based on the ladder-on-frame chassis platform and is now headed by R Velusamy, Senior Vice President, Automotive Product Development, MRV, Mahindra. Confirmed The upcoming 5-door version of Mahindra Thar will be based on this platform. The Thar 5-door will come with a dedicated door for the rear seat passengers and more room on the inside. The overall dimensions of the 5-door Thar will be more than the current version.

The new Mahindra Thar 5-door is expected to offer more stability on the road than the 3-door model, thanks to the stiffer platform, new penta-link suspension and wider tracks. For those who are unaware, the 3-door Thar sits less than 4 meters in length, while the 5-door model will be around 4.3 meters in length. The Scorpio N measures 4.7 meters in length and has a 60 mm wider track than the Thar.

The five-door Mahindra Thar is a family car as it can easily accommodate more people than its predecessors.

Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki is reportedly working on a new long-wheelbase variant of the Jimny, which is expected to make its global debut at the 2023 Auto Expo. The Jimny 5-door will be around 3,850mm in length, 1,645mm in width and 1,730mm in height. With this length, the Jimny will be close to the Maruti Suzuki Swift in terms of length. However, the wheelbase is quite large at 2550 mm. The five-door variant is expected to get more boot space than the three-door variant.

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The 5-door Jimny will be at least 100 kg heavier than the current 3-door version, which is expected to weigh 1,190 kg (curb weight). The 3-door version is powered by the K15B engine – a 1.5L NA petrol unit with 103 PS of peak power on tap. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque-converter automatic, along with a part-time 4WD system.

Force has been working on giving the Gurkha a five-door version for some time now and new spy shots of the upcoming SUV have revealed new details. The 5-door Gurkha will compete with the upcoming Mahindra Thar 5-door and Maruti Suzuki 5-door Jimny. Interestingly, the 5 door Jimny will also be offered as a 7 seater. It can be expected that the 5-door version of the Force Gurkha will cost at least Rs 1 lakh more than the equivalent 3-door version of the Force Gurkha.

2023 Force Gurkha 5 Door

The five-door Gurkha C will be based on a stretched version of the regular Gurkha’s Si in ladder-frame architecture. The five-door Gurkha C will be based on a stretched version of the regular Gurkha’s Si in ladder-frame architecture.

Post Mahindra Thar based on the 5-door Scorpio N platform, it will rival the Gurkha, Jimny previously seen on BGR India.

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