Mahindra is working on the all-new Thar that will be launched in the Indian market in the coming months. The all-new SUV is much-awaited in the Indian market and it has been caught testing on the roads numerous times. The spy pictures of the all-new Thar reveal a lot about the vehicle and a few pictures also give us a glimpse of the vehicle’s interiors. There is a lot of information that one can gather from these spy pictures. What do we know about the Thar from these pictures and what are the ten things that you should also know about? Well, they are here.
The all-new Thar will be based on the Gen3 platform that also underpins the likes of Mahindra Scorpio and the Mahindra TUV300 in the Indian market. However, the chassis will be modified for the Thar as the vehicle is designed for proper off-road use and requires more articulation of wheels. The Thar will remain good-old body-on-chassis layout, which ensures an extremely good off-road capability.
Well, currently, Mahindra only sells a fabric rooftop version of the Mahindra Thar in the Indian market. There are many customers who go for aftermarket customisation hardtop roofs. Mahindra will launch a stock hardtop version of the all-new Thar in the Indian market and the same has been spotted several times on the roads. The new Thar is likely to come with an optional hardtop version and the roof will be removable, giving the freedom to the customers to choose the best way they want to use the vehicle.
Currently, Mahindra offers a factory-installed roll cage in the Thar for the international markets. The upcoming version of the Thar will offer factory-installed roll cage too. It is unclear if the vehicle will offer it as standard fitment or it will be an optional fitment at the moment.
The all-new Thar will become much more comfortable when compared to the current version of the vehicle. While the ride quality will improve because of the new chassis, Mahindra will also offer new bucket seats, which will hold the passengers snugly even during the high-speed corners. It will improve the overall comfort of the car greatly.
Front-facing rear seats
One of the major disadvantages of the current version of the Mahindra Thar is the side-facing rear seats. Well, that will change with the arrival of the all-new Thar. Mahindra will offer forward-facing rear seats, which has already been confirmed through spy pictures. This will ensure great comfort for all the passengers in the Thar over long journeys. Forward-facing seats will also ensure better safety for the passengers.
Currently, the Mahindra Thar’s most powerful version produces a maximum power of 105 Bhp. However, with the new BS6 emission norms, Mahindra is working on an all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine that will power the next-generation Mahindra vehicles including the Thar. The all-new Mahindra Thar will utilise the new engine to produce around 140 Bhp of maximum power.
Will get a petrol engine for the first time
SUVs have always been associated with the diesel engines. However, with the stringent emission norms and changing preferences of the customers, a lot of popular SUVs offer petrol variants too. The all-new Thar will get a petrol engine option too. However, the petrol version is likely to remain a sober 4X2 layout and will be perfect for the buyers who prefer to drive inside the city limits.
The all-new Thar will get a long list of creature-comforts including a touchscreen infotainment system. The new infotainment system has already been spotted in the vehicle. It is most likely to offer new-age Mahindra BlueSense features like TPMS, driving score and more. The system will also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Will remain a capable off-roader
Mahindra is working on the Gen3 platform to make it more capable off-the-road and fit for the next-generation Thar customers. Mahindra will retain the 4X4 system with the low-ratio transfer case in the next-generation Mahindra Thar to ensure that it remains an off-roader’s preferred choice. We may also get to see a lot of electronic aids to make the next-generation Thar a better performer off the road.
The all-new Thar will become much safer than the current version of the vehicle. It will be BNVSAP compliant and will offer a long list of safety aids including standard ABS, EBD, airbags, rear parking sensors and more.