A test mule of the next-gen Mahindra Thar has been spied once again. As per the spy pics, the vehicle seems to be in the final phase of testing now.
The next-generation Mahindra, which is due for launch soon, has been spied multiple times during road test. Now, new reports suggest that vehicle is in the final stages of road testing, while the service centre personnel are undergoing the technical training of the new product. This clearly hints at a fast-approaching launch date.
As can be seen in the spy picture above, the new Mahindra Thar seems larger and more imposing than the outgoing model. The front features a new, giant front grille with 7-vertical slits, with big, round headlamps on either side. The side fenders protrude ahead of the grille, and the front bumper protrudes further still. Overall, the front fascia is very reminiscent of the Jeep Wrangler. The side profile remains largely the same, except for bigger dimensions and different proportions. The front windshield is steeply vertical, and the tail section is flat and stubby, much like a proper, old-school SUV. We can also confirm that there will be a tail-mounted spare wheel on offer, lending the car a macho feel.
Apart from the exterior, there will be plenty of changes to the interior of the Thar as well. Where the previous model had a bare-bones design with minimum equipment on offer, the new one will be relatively loaded. There will be a plethora of safety features on-board as well. Expect features like ABS, EBD, dual front airbags, seatbelt warning, door open warning, a new touchscreen infotainment system, and a digital driver information display.
Next-Gen Mahindra Thar spied in near-production form
There has been no confirmation on the powertrain of the next-gen Thar. We expect a new petrol engine to power the base variant of the car. It could either be a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol or a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol. Other than that, there will be a diesel engine available. That would either be a new 2.0-litre engine, or the same 2.2-litre engine but with upgrades to become BS6-compliant. The same diesel motor will also be featured under the hood of the upcoming Mahindra XUV500 facelift and the next-gen Scorpio, but in different states of tune in each of the car.