In weeks from now, Mahindra will launch the all-new 2020 Thar off roader in the Indian market. The second generation Thar is production-ready, and Mahindra continues to test the off-roader ahead of the official launch. A Youtuber managed to get into one of the 2020 Thar test mules, and here’s a video that shows a short drive in the latest off-roader, accompanied by exhaust note.
As the video indicates, the 2020 Mahindra Thar looks a lot better finished than the crude, 1st generation version it will shortly replace. The 2020 Mahindra Thar features a 6 speed manual gearbox, and is powered by the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbocharged diesel engine that is also found in the engine bays of the Scorpio and XUV500. On the 2020 Thar, this motor will be Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant, and is expected to make about 140 Bhp-300 Nm. This engine is a tried and a tested unit, and is known for its high level of reliability and refinement. The 2020 Mahindra Thar, therefore, is expected to be a lot more refined that the version it replaces. The short drive video indicates a nice turbo whistle in the new Thar.
The 2020 Mahindra Thar will sit on the Scorpio platform, and the body-on-ladder chassis is likely to be stronger and lighter than before. It’ll be used on the new Scorpio as well. The dashboard and interiors of the 2020 Thar are all-new as well. The instrument cluster is now quite comprehensive, and safety has gone up by a few notches thanks to the addition of airbags and ABS as standard.
Higher variants of the off-roader will get a touchscreen infotainment system. A power steering and air conditioning will be standard on the new vehicle, which is also expected to get plush seats. The second row of seats will also face the front, and this should improve long distance comfort for the passengers seated at the rear. A factory fitted hardtop option will be available while a roll bar is expected to be offered as an option.
Mahindra is said to be developing a petrol engine for the 2020 Thar, which will make its debut after a while. The petrol powered 2020 Thar will be aimed mainly at export markets. In terms of exterior design, the new Thar will maintain much of the silhouette of the original Jeep CJ-based 1st generation Thar, but will have enough changes to make it look quite distinct from the Jeep Wrangler.