Mahindra has been developing the next-generation model of the Thar since some time now. The new version of the popular off-roader has already been spied testing a couple of times in India and Mahindra is expected to unveil the vehicle during the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. Though the new Thar has been seen numerous times till now, no uncamouflaged images of the vehicle have surfaced as of yet. To give you an idea of how the new generation Thar could look like, here is a render of the same by Motorbeam.
Going by this render, the new Thar looks pretty butch and ready to wander off-the-road. It has been fitted with huge wheels along with a snorkel, both of which are unlikely to be offered on the standard model. The front end gets the old-school design inspired by the older Mahindra UVs. This includes the protruding headlamp and the seven slat grille along with with the trademark round fenders. The side profile sports a metal hardtop and the new Thar will most probably be offered with a hardtop option from the factory itself. Note that this render only suggests how the new Thar may turn out to be like and not the exact production model itself.
The next-generation Thar will be powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that will churn out around 140 Bhp of power on the Thar. To let you know, Mahindra is also developing the next generation models of the XUV500 and the Scorpio and both of them will also be powered by the same engine, though the power output is said to be higher on them. The new Thar will also share its platform with the next generation Scorpio. Also, this engine will be BSVI compliant. The suspension setup will also be tweaked and the new Thar will offer better ride quality than the older gen model. It is also being said that Mahindra may introduce a petrol engine option too. However, the petrol version is likely to remain a 4X2 layout and will be perfect for the buyers who prefer to drive inside the city limits.
On the interiors front, The next generation Thar will get new seats, a redesigned instrument cluster with MID, and power windows. Mahindra will also equip front-facing rear seats which means the comfort level will definitely be better than the current model. A touchscreen infotainment system is also said to be offered on the next-gen model of the UV and it will offer features like TPMS, driving score, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Also, the new Thar will be BNVSAP compliant and will offer a long list of safety aids including standard ABS, EBD, airbags, rear parking sensors and more.