New-gen Mahindra Thar and facelift TUV300 were spotted going on a road test together. These models are updated to meet the upcoming BSVI norms.
Mahindra is busy working on revamping its current line-up to meet the upcoming emission standards. In line with this, the company will launch new-generation models of some of its popular nameplates. Recently, a test mule of the next-gen 2020 Mahindra Thar was spotted testing alongside the TUV300 Plus. The second-gen Thar will be underpinned by an upgraded ladder-frame chassis and sports a more robust body in an attempt to meet the new crash test standards that will come into effect from October 2019. The platform of the new Thar will be shared with the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio, which is also under development.
2020 Mahindra Thar will come with both exterior and interior updates
In most spy pictures, the 2020 Mahindra Thar can be seen sporting a heavy camouflaged. However, we can still obverse some notable changes on the SUV. Firstly, 2020 Mahindra Thar sees significant growth in size, as revealed by various spy pictures. The Thar test mule appears to be sharper and more modern. With that being said, no significant modification is seen on the exterior. It is expected that the new-gen Mahindra Thar will not look much different from the ongoing model. The exterior will retain some signature styling elements like boxy shape, seven-slat vertical grille, circular headlights, front direction indicators, a flat bonnet, circular halogen headlamps, hinged boot lid and rear-mounted spare wheel from the previous model.
On the inside, the new-gen Thar will carry more significant updates. To offer better comfort and off-road capability, Mahindra Thar will come with a revised dashboard that sports a MID display for the instrument cluster, a control-mounted steering wheel, new silver-finished AC controls. Apart from these minor updates, the upcoming Thar features front-facing rear seats.
Mahindra TUV300 facelift will be launched by the end of this month
At the centre of this generation is a new BSVI-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine which develops a maximum power of 140 PS and a peak torque of 300 Nm. The standard transmission option is a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The second car spotted on the recent spy shots is the Mahindra TUV300 facelift. The test mule TUV300 is seen with a slightly redesigned front bumper and new headlights. It also sports a new grille that is influenced by the Alturas G4’s design. This SUV is expected to come with a BSVI-ready 2.2-litre mHawk engine which generates 120 PS and 280 Nm. It will come with a 6-speed manual transmission. The facelift of the Mahindra TUV300 will go on sale by the end of 2019, before the Mahindra Thar’s launch. Visit IndianAuto.com for more car news and stories.