Mahindra has been working on the all-new Thar SUV for quite sometime and the production ready models were spied under camouflage a couple of times. Mahindra had planned to launch the all-new Thar months ago but, the launch was delayed due to the spread of Corona virus followed by nationwide lockdown. As the lockdown has been lifted, Mahindra is expected to launch the all-new Thar in market by August 2020. According to a report on Team-Bhp, many Mahindra dealerships have also started accepting bookings for the upcoming next-gen Thar.
The all-new Mahindra Thar is based on a new platform and will be wider and longer than the older version. This means the upcoming Thar will be more spacious on the inside. The front design of the new Thar will be more matured than the outgoing version. It will retain the signature vertical slats and the round headlamps. The headlamps might get an LED DRL like many other modern SUVs. The fog lamps are installed on the bumper and a skid plate is also there for better protection.
The fenders have been redesigned slightly and there is a hood latch as well. In the higher variants, the upcoming Thar will be getting a blacked out alloy wheel which has been seen in many spy pics in the past. In comparison to the older version, Mahindra will be offering a hard top variant for upcoming Thar and the same has been spotted many times. There is a possibility that top variants will be get an option for both soft and hard top whereas the lower trims will be getting the soft top only.
On the inside, the cabin is totally redesigned. The upcoming Thar will be getting features like touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will also get a new steering wheel, instrument cluster, front facing seats for rear passengers will also be available. The all-new Thar will be powered by a BS6 compliant 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine that generates 140 Bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque.
This engine will be available with a 6-speed manual gearbox with a proper 4×4 transfer case. Mahindra might also launch a 2.0 litre turbo petrol version in future. This will be an engine from Mahindra mStallion series that was unveiled at Auto Expo earlier this year. It might get an automatic gearbox option along with manual. Mahindra is also working on next-gen Scorpio and is expected to be launched in 2021.