Mahindra has stopped building the first-generation Thar off roader and is gearing up to launch the 2nd generation version. The all-new, 2020 Mahindra Thar has been spotted testing on Indian roads for the past year or so, and with the launch just around the corner, test mules are now production units. Recently, a test mule of the 2020 Mahindra Thar was spotted on the road, driving next to a first generation Thar. A video of this gives us a picture on the size difference between the old Thar and the new one.
As the video indicates, the new Thar is much larger than the older version in terms of width and probably even overall length, but in terms of height, the new version seems to be slightly shorter than the outgoing model. The new Thar is expected to have a squat stance, and aftermarket wheels and a body lift could make it a lot more imposing on the road than the outgoing Thar.
Almost all Thars are customized to various extents and this is likely to be the case with the new version as well. Notably, the new Thar will be available with both soft top and hard top versions, with the latter making it a lot more practical for daily use. The all-new Mahindra Thar is said to be up for an April 2020 launch. However, Mahindra is yet to officially reveal launch details.
The off-roader will get a 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. A part-time four wheel drive layout with mechanical locking differential is also expected to be standard across the range. The BS6 compliant diesel engine is likely to put out about 140 Bhp-300 Nm, which will make the new Thar a lot more powerful than the outgoing model, whose 2.5 liter turbo diesel put out 105 Bhp-247 Nm.
The new Thar will also get safety features such as ABS, Airbags and reverse parking sensors as standard. The interiors will be a big step up in terms of quality, refinement and overall feel. Front facing rear seats are also said to be a part of the equation. Mahindra could offer a range of dealer-level customization options for the new off-roader.
For global markets, Mahindra is said to be readying up a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo charged petrol engine paired with an automatic gearbox. This engine-gearbox combination is likely to be offered in the Indian market as well but we’re a year or two away from there. The new Thar uses the Scorpio platform and is likely to be a couple of lakhs pricier than the outgoing version.
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