Araç Güney Afrika gibi ülkelerde satışa sunulmuş.
Bu görüntülerde gördüğünüz araç bir klasik Jeep CJ7 değil, her ne kadar çok benziyor olsa da bu araç Hindistan'ın bir markası olan Mahindra markasının ürettiği Thar adlı bir arazi aracı. Bu araç normalde de satıştaydı fakat 2019 yılı için yenilenmiş. Firma aynı zamanda Güney Afrika gibi ülkelere yönelik olarak hazırladığı bu versiyonda daha fazla arazi donanımına da yer vermiş. Bu versiyonun adı da "Thar Adventure Series" olmuş. Adventure kelimesi ise bildiğiniz üzere macera anlamına geliyor.
Güney Afrika koşulları düşünüldüğünde de bu aracın o arazilere çok uygun hâle geldiğini görebiliyoruz. Mahindra Thar'ın tarihi de aslında çok köklü. Çünkü Mahindra, yaklaşık 70 yıl önce orijinal Jeep Willys arazi araçlarını Hindistan'da üretebilmek için Jeep ile bir anlaşma yapmış. 1969 yılı civarında da üretilen Jeep görünümlü bu Mahindra Thar'lar Yugoslavya gibi yerlere de gönderilmiş. Yıllar boyunca da aracın üretimi çeşitli versiyonlarla devam ettirilmiş. Son versiyon ise bu görüntülerdeki versiyon olmuş oldu.
Galeri: Mahindra Thar (Adventure Serisi)
Aracın teknik özelliklerine baktığımız zaman da kaputu altında 2.5 litrelik 4 silindirli bir turbodizel ünite görüyoruz. Bu ünite, 105 beygir güç ile 247 Nm tork gibi yeterli değerler üretiyor. 5 ileri kısa oranlı bir şanzıman, 4 tekerden çekiş sistemi, mekanik olarak kilitlenebilen arka diferansiyel gibi araziye yönelik önemli donanımlar da araçta yer almış. Yani bu Mahindra Thar'ın her türlü arazi koşulunda takılmadan gidebileceğini söyleyebiliriz.
Thar'ın macera serisine özel olarak da Mahindra yeni bir ön tampon tasarlamış ve aracın yaklaşma açısı bu sayede 44 derece gibi iyi bir değere ulaşmış. Yeni ön tampon üzerinde LED'li aydınlatmalar ve demir korumalar gibi şeyler de yer almış. Araç üzerindeki diğer arazi donanımlarına baktığımız zaman ise yolcu tarafındaki çamurluktan çıkan bir şnorkel (derin sulardan geçebilme kabiliyeti sağlar), kapı altı korumalıkları, arkada da yeni bir tampon gibi şeyleri görüyoruz. Tavan da çıkarılabilir parçalara sahip şekilde tasarlanmış. Yani aracın üstü açık hâle getirilebileceği de söyleyebiliriz. Mahindra Thar'ın zorlu arazilere yönelik olarak geliştirilmiş bu versiyonunun Güney Afrika fiyatı 20.500 $ olarak belirlenmiş. Bu da Türk Lirası ile doğrudan dönüşüm yaptığımızda 112.000 TL'ye denk gelen bir fiyat oluyor.
Mahindra unveils the Thar Adventure Series
March 12, 2019, Johannesburg: Mahindra’s most iconic off-roader, the Mahindra Thar, has received a major off-road boost for 2019 with the launch of the Thar Adventure Series model.
The Thar Adventure Series is a special edition equipped with a host of off-road accessories that meet the needs of every off-road enthusiast. It is available immediately from dealers across the country for R293 999.
The Thar Adventure Series builds on the impressive pedigree of the standard Thar 2.5 CRDe 4x4 SE specification by adding special off-road bumpers, a steel canopy, off-road ready alloy wheels and a snorkel.
“The Thar is a firm favourite among Mahindra and off-road enthusiasts alike for its 70-year pedigree and no-frills focus on off-roading. With the Adventure Series, we have added the most popular Thar accessories at a discounted price to create a model that is sure to find favour with this group of fans,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
Taking centre stage on the list of accessories is a complete set of new bumpers courtesy of Bundu Gear.
The front bumper is a true off-road approach bumper with upwardly slanted sides to expose more of the tyre surface and further improve on the Thar’s standard 44-degree approach angle. It also features brightly coloured recovery points, a functional bush bashing top bar to protect the grille, and high-lift jack mounting points.
The Bundu Gear front bumper also sports in-built LED lights and a mounting point for off-road accessories such as a front tow bar or removable winch.
Bundu Gear’s specialists have also developed a set of hard-wearing rock sliders that can be fitted to the Adventure Series at an additional cost. These sliders have diamond plate top steps and additional high-lift jack mounting points.
At the rear, the matching off-road steel bumper is fitted as standard. It has its own brightly coloured recovery points, jack mounts and an integrated tow bar.
Mahindra has further added a hardened steel canopy from Getec as standard equipment. The canopy and roof section above the front seats can be removed for an open-top driving experience, and Mahindra includes its standard canvas rear canopy as additional equipment.
In front, Mahindra has added a heavy-duty snorkel with an air inlet mounted above the roofline to emphasise the vehicle’s off-road credentials. The snorkel has been designed to allow for safe water traverses and to allow cleaner air into the engine when driving in convoy on dirt roads.
Lastly, Mahindra has selected stunning heavy-duty A-line alloy wheels fitted to the standard tyres. As an option, buyers can opt for more off-road focussed tyres such as the Hankook Dynapro AT wheels with their dual-purpose on- and off-road abilities and their aggressive profile for greater traction in mud and sand.
The Mahindra Thar traces its legacy directly back to the original Willys Jeep, which the company manufactured under licence more than 70 years ago. In its current iteration, the Thar is fitted with Mahindra’s well-proven 2.5 TCI-CRDe turbodiesel engine, which delivers 78 kW at 3 800 rpm and 247 Nm in a flat torque curve from 1 200 rpm to 2 000 rpm.
Under the body shell, the Thar is fitted with a ladder frame, very hardy leaf springs, a stabiliser bar and hydraulic shocks. This combination gives the Thar a ground clearance of 200 mm and allows a very impressive standard wheel travel of 194 mm.
In the USA, the Thar has spawned the Mahindra ROXOR, which is highly popular as a side-by-side recreational vehicle. Mahindra assembles the ROXOR in Michigan and aside from its application in off-road conditions, its fitment of a Power Take-off system (PTO) has made it popular in applications such as snow ploughing and farming.
In South Africa, all Thar models have a mechanical differential lock in the rear and auto locking front hubs. The 4x4-system was developed with Borg Warner and allows for shift on the fly between 4x2 and 4x2 and high and low range.
While the Thar has a clear bias for off-road applications, it offers luxuries such as front cup holders, air conditioning, power steering and a 12V power socket. The Thar Adventure series can be ordered in Rocky Beige, Red Rage or DSAT Silver.
All Mahindra Thar models are sold with a 2-year / 50 000 km warranty, and it can be purchased with an optional service plan of 3 years / 80 000 km.
Mahindra Thar Adventure Series
Engine: 2.5 CRDe four-cylinder turbodiesel
Power: 78 kW @ 3 800 rpm
Torque: 247 Nm @ 1 200 rpm – 2 000 rpm
Turning circle: 5.75 m
Gears: 5 forward with Borg Warner 4x4 system and low-range transfer case and 2.48 crawl ratio
Approach angle: 44 degrees
Breakover angle: 30 degrees
Departure angle: 27 degrees
Wading depth (standard): 500 mm
Price: R293 999
Opt. 3-year / 60 000 km service plan: R19 999
The Mahindra Group is a USD 20.3 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defence and two wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 200 000 people across 100 countries.
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About Mahindra South Africa
Mahindra South Africa is a fully-owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra of India, which was established in 1945. Mahindra SA is celebrating its 14th year of operations in South Africa.
The company has dealers in all nine provinces of South Africa, which are comprehensive facilities that handle sales, service and spare parts. With 60 dealerships, in cities and in towns across Southern Africa, Mahindra has a growing national footprint that is moving ever deeper into communities as the company continues its drive to offer value-for-money products and services to its customers. The company has recently inaugurated its vehicle assembly facility at Durban for its bakkies. Mahindra South Africa also offers wide range of powerful and fuel efficient diesel gensets under brand “Powerol” and have introduced Mahindra Earthmasters 4X4 TLBs recently.
The company has also expanded into other sub-Saharan countries, currently exporting vehicles to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Namibia.
Mahindra South Africa has achieved significant growth in the country since its establishment in October 2004, and since then it has sold approximately 40 000 vehicles.