Mahindra & Mahindra has finally heard the customer’s voice and the Thar off roader now gets completely revamped interiors, one that should have been the case in the first place, we’ll hasten to add. On the outside, the facelift remains limited to the new soft top-design, one that we’ve already shown you through this story. However, the bumpers could see design changes. The person who has snapped up these spyshots reports that the Thar’s 2.5 liter CRDe turbo diesel motor is retained, which is a good thing as far as the enthusiast brigade – the SUV’s core customer base – is concerned. The only mechanical change is said to be the addition of manually locking hubs.
The SUV’s innards show a mighty improvement in terms of fit and finish. The steering and instrumentation cluster are new, and so is the entire design of the dashboard, which now includes defogger vents. The seats look similar to the ones on the current Thar though. The doors are said to now feature pockets while the center console and the AC vents also see a major revamp. The black interior colour scheme now makes a departure for a cheerier beige colour trim. Considering that the Thar spotted in these spyshots features camouflaged interiors, the facelifted vehicle in question could be a few months away from launch.
Also unknown is whether this vehicle is meant for the domestic or export markets, considering the fact that the Thar is also exported from India. Given the customer demand for better interiors, the Thar’s domestic variant is highly likely to show the changes spotted in the test mule, which is code-named B-153. If the vehicle depicted in the spyshots makes it to the showroom floor, the biggest gainer will be the Thar buyer, while customization houses that enjoyed good business modifying the bare basic version of the SUV will lose out on business. It remains to be seen whether these changes result in a price hike.
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