Mahindra has been working on the next-gen model of the Thar since some time now. The vehicle is being tested extensively and has been spotted testing on numerous occasions till date. This also hints towards the possible launch of the new Mahindra Thar during the upcoming 2020 Delhi Auto Expo, which is scheduled to happen in February next year. Now, the popular off-roader has been spied testing with all-new alloy wheels. Till now, the test mules used to run on steel wheels but as seen in the video below and other images here, Mahindra has equipped this one with a 5-spoke alloy. Take a look at the video below which shows the vehicle in full detail.
The images here, courtesy Autocar India, show exactly how the 5-spoke alloy wheel on the new Thar looks like. While they have been covered in camouflage sheets too, one can easily make out that they are a new design and the rubbers used here are also new. Going by sources, this Thar is running on 18-inch alloys shod in 285/65 R18 MRF Wanderer tyres. That’s quite an upgrade from the 16-inch rims on the Current Thar.
These bigger wheels give the Thar a more impressive stance and look pretty good on the vehicle. Since the new Thar is larger an wider than the current model, these bigger wheels do help in keeping things under a certain proportion. To let you know, the all-new Thar will share its platform with the new Scorpio and will also borrow many other key attributes such as the body-on-ladder frame, engine, gearbox, four-wheel-drive transfer case, brakes and possibly even the infotainment unit. Design-wise, the vehicle looks much bolder and has more of an SUV stance now compared to the previous model.
Another major update will be in the cabin, which will be completely revamped in the upcoming Thar. It will feature front-facing seats, a factory fitted hardtop, upmarket upholstery, a touchscreen infotainment system – possibly with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, driver and passenger airbags and also ABS. A four-wheel-drive layout with a shift-on-the-fly feature from Borg-Warner is likely. Low and high ratios will be offered with the four-wheel-drive transfer case.
Powering the new Thar could be a brand new, 2-liter 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with about 140 Bhp-300 Nm on tap. This engine has been developed by Mahindra for a range of SUVs including the Scorpio and XUV500 and will have three output ranges. It will be BS6 compliant and will also be able to meet even tougher emission norms that will come into place in 2022, in the form of Realtime Driving Emissions (RDE) cycle. A 6 speed manual gearbox will drive the rear wheels of the new Thar, and all four wheels will be powered when the four-wheel-drive mode is activated. A turbo petrol engine and an automatic gearbox are also in the pipeline for the new Thar.