The next-generation Mahindra Thar will retain the engine lineup from its predecessor but for BSVI upgrades. The local debut is set to happen by the year-end of this year or early next years.
Recently, a batch of spy shots of the 2020 Mahindra Thar has cropped up across the media channels ahead of its official showcase in late 2019 or early 2020. As is known by now, the all-new Mahindra Thar will continue to take its classic styling design from the Willys Jeep.
Mahindra has started its massive running trials for its new-gen models including the Mahindra Thar, Scorpio and XUV500.
However, the new Mahindra Thar is expected to be more upmarket when compared to the previous-gen model. Visually, the new-gen Thar looks considerably taller by getting a higher ground clearance than the outgoing model. Spy shots reveal that the all-new Thar would get circular headlamps, flared wheel arches, seven-slot upper grille, boxy cabin along with soft top. Details of the interior are still scarce at this point but we can expect a fresher dashboard with more upmarket features like new touchscreen infotainment system, more comfortable front seats or flexible rear seats.
The 2020 Mahindra Thar has been spotted during its test mule, revealing the soft top variant for the first time.
Considering the new safety norms are around the corner to come into effect, expect the 2020 Mahindra Thar to be underpinned by an upgraded ladder frame chassis. A suite of safety features will come standard on the upcoming model such as airbags, reverse parking sensors, ABS with EBD, front seat belt reminder and more.
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Reports suggest that except for the KUV100’s 1.2-litre unit, Mahindra is planning to upgrade all its diesel motors to the BSVI compliance prior to the April 1, 2020 deadline. Therefore, the all-new Thar will be BSVI compliant for sure. The 2020 Thar is anticipated to use a BSVI-ready 2.0-litre diesel engine making around 140 PS of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. Power will be sent to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. In comparison, the current-gen SUV is employing a 106PS/ 247 Nm 2.5-litre CRDe and 64 PS/ 195 Nm DI engines. While Mahindra has already axed the DI variant from the Thar’s lineup, the future of the CRDe unit still remains to be known. The next generation Mahindra Thar is anticipated to be more road-oriented compared to the preceding version thanks to the enhanced approach and departure angles. With engines and features updates, the prices of the new SUV are estimated to be much higher than the current-gen Thar which is positioned at around Rs 6.72- 9.50 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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