A test mule of the new-generation Mahindra Thar has been spotted during road test, alongside the older generation model.
As the launch on the next-gen Mahindra Thar nears, the company has been testing the vehicle aggressively on Indian roads. There have been numerous spy pictures of the upcoming SUV in recent times, and now, a new video has surfaced online, one that shows a production-ready test vehicle driving around with an older-generation model at its tail.
All New Mahindra Thar spotted | ERUMEEN எறுமீன்
The video above was posted on a YouTube channel named ‘ERUMEEN எறுமீன்’. In it, you first catch a glimpse of an old Mahindra Thar, with olive green exterior and a soft-top. After that, a new-generation Thar comes into view, wearing full-body camouflage. The video also lists all the visible changes noticeable on the new model compared to the older one, in the form of hard-coded subtitles. For a better clarification though, we shall list all the changes we have confirmed on the upcoming Thar.
Mahindra has been road testing the new Thar alongside the older model
Starting at the front, the next-gen Thar has a larger and bolder grille. The front fenders are also larger, and join smoothly into the front bumper, which is also redesigned. The side profile is largely the same, although the car feels longer than before, and will be offered with steel wheels as standard and alloy wheels as a premium offering. At the rear, you now get an all-LED taillamp setup, which looks extremely gorgeous, especially in contrast to the old-school, retro charm of the car. Other than that, the overall boxy look has been preserved, with lines adorning almost every surface of the body instead of curves.
The new Thar is expected to feature both, petrol and diesel engines
The SUV is expected to have new powertrains as well. For the first time ever, Mahindra will empower the Thar with a petrol engine. We expect the 1.5-litre mStallion turbo-petrol unit, capable of generating 165 PS and 280 Nm, to do duty here. This engine shall help keep the entry price of the Thar low. The more-expensive variants will be powered by a diesel motor. This could be either a brand new 2.0-litre unit, or the same 2.2-litre mill that is found on the Scorpio and XUV500, updated to meet the BSVI emission norms.