Mahindra has been working on the newer generation Thar for a very long time now. It is going to be a completely new vehicle in terms of design, platform and engine. The new Thar is likely to be displayed at the upcoming Auto Expo next year. It has been spotted testing on Indian roads many times. Here we have a set of new images that show the new Thar in nearly production ready avatar. These images were uploaded on Teambhp.
The new Thar looks more wider than the ongoing version. It 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. The new Thar will be a global offering, and will be designed not just to meet Indian regulations but also global safety and emission rules. It will be Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) compliant right from launch.
The new Thar is likely to come with both soft and hard top versions. The car in the image however looks like a hard top version and have been spotted multiple times during its course of testing. The new Thar will also get alloy wheels with the higher variants. We have a few images of the interiors of the new Thar too. The interior is also a massive upgrade from what it currently offers.
The Mahindra Thar will get front facing seats for the passengers at the rear, and will be a four seater. 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.
Mahindra has not officially said anything about the engine used in Thar so far. However it is expected that the next gen Mahindra Thar will come with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel engine is expected to be a 2.0L turbocharged unit producing approximately 140 Bhp and 300 Nm of torque. Given the fact that new Thar gets all these updates and cleaner engines (BS6 Compliant) its price will definitely be bumped up when compared to that of the outgoing versions. The 2020 Auto Expo is likely to be the big venue where the all-new Thar is showcased, with possibly the launch of the off-roader also happening at the event in early February.