As the launch of the new-generation Mahindra Thar nears, another test mule has been spotted in production-guise with full-camouflage.
The next-generation Mahindra Thar is perhaps one of the most anticipated upcoming SUV by the homegrown carmaker. Countless test mules have been spied previously during testing on Indian roads. Now, we have a production-spec Thar in full-body camouflage, spotted in bright daylight, courtesy our avid reader and a resident of Chennai, Sai Saravana Kumar.
Next-gen Mahindra Thar spied once again
As can be seen in the image above, the next-gen Thar will be a bolder and slightly larger car than before, with better road presence as well. The front fascia is reminiscent of the Jeep Wrangler, complete with a giant front grille with 7-vertical slits, along with round headlamps. The front fenders now extend ahead to the car’s nose, joining into the front bumper. As for the side profile, it remains the same, albeit with bigger dimensions and slightly different proportions. The front windshield is steeply raked, just like in the outgoing model. The test mule wore steel wheels, but we have confirmation that alloy wheels will also be available in the new-generation Mahindra Thar.
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At the rear, the changes are slightly less noticeable. The taillight units are now fully-LED, with a boxy, rectangular shape. The spare wheel is mounted on the tailgate, which is hinged to open sideways instead of upwards, just like the previous model and all the other old-school SUVs. The test vehicle spotted was a soft-top version, which will have a removable cloth roof. There will be a hardtop version of the SUV as well, which will have a fixed metal roof.
Although there has been no official word by the company regarding the powertrain on the new Thar, the new generation model is also expected to offer new diesel as well as petrol options. Mahindra had unveiled their new range of turbo-petrol engines at the Auto Expo 2020, called “mStallion”. These consist of a 1.2-litre, a 1.5-litre, and a 2.0-litre motor. One of the latter two could show up under the hood of the upcoming SUV. Other than that, there will a diesel motor, either the same 2.2-litre unit that powered the previous generation, albeit with changes made to meet the BSVI norms, or a brand-new 2.0-litre unit. The same diesel mill will also be shared with other Mahindra SUVs, like upcoming XUV500 facelift and the next-gen Scorpio, but tuned differently in each car.