We are talking about the two-door SUV Mahindra Thar, which is called the inexpensive Wrangler in Indian. It was this similarity with the legendary American SUV that prevented the Thar from entering new markets.
Indian company Mahindra & Mahindra will not export the second generation of its popular Mahindra Thar frame. The refusal is related to a lawsuit: the international carmaker Stellantis did not like that the Indian SUV was copying the design of the Jeep Wrangler.
Stellantis decided to go to court after it was announced that Thar would reach the Australian car market. Apparently, Mahindra has not yet figured out how to parry the arguments of the opponent and decided not to bring the case to court. Moreover, in the home market, Thar is on the bestseller list. Mahindra’s refusal to export its “frame” makes the lawsuit itself meaningless under the circumstances.
Moreover, the Indian brand still left the last word for itself. A Mahindra spokesman told The Economic Times that the brand will notify Stellatnis 90 days in advance if it wants to export Thar to Australia.
At the same time, Mahindra announced that it will defend its rights “to market and sell the product.” Most likely, the Indian automaker will seriously work on the appearance of its SUV so that it ceases to be associated with the Wrangler. Stellantis decided to withdraw its claim against Mahindra in Australia.
Let us remind you that the 2nd generation of Mahindra Thar was released last year. The engine range of new items includes a 150-horsepower two-liter gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter diesel engine with a return of 130 horsepower. Both motors comply with the Euro-6 eco-standard. Transmission – branded 6-speed manual transmission or hydromechanical automatic transmission from French specialists.