If you ask us about the most anticipated launches of 2020, the next generation Thar will certainly be among the top contenders. A successor to a long line of iconic utility and off-road vehicles, spy shots of the all-new Mahindra Thar have been doing the rounds of the internet since some time now. However, all of these spy shots show heavily camouflaged test mules which reveal little about how would it actually look like.
While we have brought you a few renders in past which show how the new Thar would look like, this time we set the bar a bit high and asked our graphics wizard Vipin Vathoopan to create a render that is as realistic and close to the production version’s design as possible. As always, our man didn’t disappoint and created what you see below as the unmasked front end look of the Mahindra Thar.
It is based on the latest spy shots of the next generation Thar which showed the front end design of the vehicle, although wrapped up under layers of camouflage sheets. Looking at this render though, we can easily say that Mahindra has managed to keep the original design DNA of Thar’s successors alive and has brilliantly infused all the modern elements that are expected from a vehicle launching in 2020.
The bumper is a newly designed unit which is somewhat similar to the one found on the current generation Thar. It gets foglamps on wither sides and meets the typical Thar-esque fenders nicely. The face design is now slightly broader and looks more mature while raked at an angle giving the grille a sloping back look. The indicators are at their usual positions but instead of the old block units, the render here uses LED units. The same is the case with the round headlamps which get LED DRLs bordering them.
Comparing the unmasked look side to side with the camouflaged version in the spy shots, one can easily see the similarities here. The block-shaped indicators are most likely to be replaced with LED units and while the headlights might not go full LED yet, a LED DRL ring is most welcome if Mahindra decides to incorporate that into the design.
The next render above shows what could probably be the rear end of the vehicle. The tail lamps get a redesign and are much more modern than the current generation Thar’s tail lights. The tailgate gets a stylish alloy wheel mounted on its back while the bumper gets a redesign too. From this angle, one can easily notice how the new Thar will be wider than the ongoing model. This is because of the new platform that will underpin it. Mahindra will also introduce a hardtop as a factory fitment option this time which is good news for all those who have been saving up their hard earned money for the upcoming Thar.
Talking about the other changes that the next generation Thar will come with, the biggest difference will be in terms of the powertrain. A new 2.0-litre, BSVI compliant diesel engine will power the vehicle that will churn out around 140 Bhp. If speculations are to be believed, Mahindra will also introduce a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine on the Thar this time along with an automatic transmission but that will happen at a later date if it was to ever happen in the first place. On the interiors front, it will get new seats, a redesigned instrument cluster with MID, power windows and front facing rear seats. All in all, the next generation Thar is what off-road junkies have been demanding whole time – a more powerful version of the Thar with more features and enhanced everyday usability.