Mahindra’s relationship with the Willys Jeep dates back to the 1940s when the company began building the vehicle under license in India. It wasn’t until 2010 that the company rebranded the vehicle and called it the Mahindra Thar.
With next to no modern safety features, we’re never likely to see the Mahindra Thar on local roads. But, there is hope yet, with the Indian manufacturer suggesting there’s a chance it could arrive locally under a low volume import license.
So, with that in mind, we wanted to jump behind the wheel of Mahindra’s most rugged vehicle for a quick drive at the company’s test track within its manufacturing plant in Chakan, India — around one hour from Mumbai.