The first-gen Mahindra Thar was introduced in 2010 and received a minor update in 2015 but remained unchanged. Nevertheless, the 2020 Mahindra Thar is expected to feature updates inside out, from the exterior to the interior as well as the engine.
The new-gen Mahindra Thar had recently been tested and some of its spy images have been brought to you earlier. Now, it has been spied testing again, which disclose more features. The new Thar is likely to be underpinned by a new platform, helping it conform to the forthcoming safety standards. It will also be powered by a brand-new diesel engine which conforms to the BSVI norms.
The 2020 Mahindra Thar has been spied testing again recently
Image source: Team-BHP
Despite being quite heavily camouflaged, the tested mule did reveal quite a few details about the upcoming Thar. The new Thar will be considerably wider and even longer than the previous model. However, some of the other exterior features are expected to be borrowed from the current model including
Jeep-like 7-slot grille
Removable soft-top roof
High-mounted plastic wheel arches
Temporary tail lamps
While the interior of the new Thar has not been disclosed by the spying images, it is anticipated to sport some upgrades such as a new dashboard, a new driving wheel and more advanced safety features.
A piece of AVL emission testing equipment is attached to the testing model, indicating that Mahindra is possibly testing the new platform and its mechanics. It is expected to be underpinned by Mahindra’s new modular ladder-frame chassis which was showcased with the Marazzo MPV earlier. Underpinned by this platform, the Thar will substitute the traditional school leaf spring-type suspension setup in the rear with a multi-link system with coil springs, which is also adopted in the Maruti Jimny and the Force Gurkha.
An AVL emission testing device is equipped on the new Thar to test its new platform and mechanics
Image source: Team-BHP
Under the hood of the facelifted Thar may be a 2.2L diesel motor also powering the Scorpio, which is good for 140PS of maximum power and 320Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties are undertaken by a 6-speed MT gearbox. With this power output, it would rival the Force Gurkha Xtreme, which uses the 2.2L OM616 diesel engine sourced from Mercedes which also generate 140PS against 320Nm.
The new Mahindra Thar will be powered by a new diesel engine which complies with the upcoming BVSI norms
Although the home-grown automaker has not revealed the exact launch date of the new vehicle, we can expect that the new-gen Thar will be introduced to the Indian auto market in 2020. The existing model is priced in the range of Rs 6.64 lakh for the base variant to Rs 9.42 lakh for the top variant. Once launched in India, the facelifted one is expected have a price which is over the outgoing one by 1 or 2 lakh.