One of the most anticipated launches of this year without any doubt was the all-new Mahindra Thar. Mahindra showcased it to us on 15 August 2020 and announced the prices and started bookings from 2 October 2020. Mahindra Thar has been a popular vehicle among enthusiasts, off-road community and modification circles and we have seen several modified examples of the same in the past. The new-gen Thar however, is huge change in comparison to the older version. What is different in the new 2020 Mahindra Thar when compared to the older version? Let’s find out.
One of the noticeable changes in the all-new Thar is dimension itself. The new-gen Mahindra Thar has grown in size. It is now longer and wider than the older version. The exterior design of the new Thar looks more modern whereas the older Thar looked a lot like the MM540. For the first time, Mahindra is available with a hard top which is a good addition as it gives a secure feel to the cabin. This addition has also improved the NVH levels inside the cabin by a lot.
One of the common modification that was seen in the old generation Thar was aftermarket alloy wheels and a hardtop both these problems have been solved and Thar is now offered with a soft top, soft top convertible and a factory fitted hard top. On the inside, things have changed too. It now offers more space and is available in both 6 and 4 seater options (depending upon the trim). In comparison to the older Thar, Mahindra has done a commendable job to the interiors. It now has an upmarket feel with touchscreen infotainment screen, multi function steering wheel and AC and front facing seats for rear passengers.
Suspension setup on the new Thar has also improved. It is now suitable for both on-road and off-road use. The main change is of course the addition of a new engine. It is now available with a 2.2 litre turbocharged mHawk diesel engine that generates 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque and a 2.0 litre turbocharged mStallion petrol engine generating 150 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque. Thar is getting a petrol engine for the first time. It is also available with an automatic transmission for the first time. Where the older generation Thar used to look cheap, the new gen looks and feels like a quality product.