Mahindra is working on the all-new Thar that will be compliant with the upcoming safety norms in India. The all-new Thar has been testing at various locations in India under a heavy camouflage and recently, a close-to-production test mule was spotted. Now, the interior of the upcoming Thar has been revealed in a series of pictures uploaded by Throttle-Blips.
The all-new Mahindra Thar will utilise an all-new platform. The new Gen3 platform that forms the base for the upcoming Thar already underpins the vehicles like Mahindra Scorpio and the Mahindra TUV 300. However, the platform is expected to be modified for the use in upcoming Thar as the SUV is a proper off-roading focussed vehicle and it will need to offer much more capability than the Scorpio and the TUV 300.
With the new platform, the spy pictures also show that the all-new Thar will be much wider than the current version of the SUV. Also, the front-end of the vehicle remains quite similar to the current version and keeps the iconic look of the SUV intact. In fact, the front-end now looks much more inspired by the Jeep Wrangler as it gets new front bumper. The side of the SUV looks much more flared that adds a wide look to the vehicle.
The rear also gets a new bumper and the spare-wheel mounted on the tailgate is carried forward. The vertically-stacked tail lamps look similar to the current version of the vehicle but the production version is expected to get updated with the LED lamps. It also carries forward the soft-top set-up but the new roof canopy is smaller in size when compared to the current version.
The interiors of the next-generation Thar have been spotted for the first time in the new images. The pictures reveal the new front seats of the Thar. The front bucket seats look much more premium and comfortable than the current ones. The rear seats are still side-facing. The dashboard of the all-new Thar has been updated completely too. It gets a floating type infotainment system in the centre of the dashboard, which is expected to be replaced with a touchscreen unit for the top-end variant. The steering of the all-new Thar is also quite different from the current version. It also gets buttons mounted on it to control the infotainment system. The instrument cluster is also partially visible in the pictures. It gets analogue dials that work as speedometer and tachometer while a small digital LCD serves as the MID.
The all-new Thar is also expected to get powered by an all-new engine which is currently under development. The all-new 2.0-litre engine will be compliant with the upcoming BS-VI norms and will produce around 140 Bhp in the Thar, which will be a major upgrade from the current 105 Bhp 2.5-litre engine. Other off-roading-friendly equipment like the 4X4 and low-ratio transfer case will be present in the all-new model too.