Mahindra Thar is expected to go under the knife and come back with a nose job. These pictures of the prototypes of new-gen Mahindra Thar with camouflaged radiator grille speaks so. Read the complete report here.
The second-gen Mahindra Thar was launched last year in the Indian market, and the carmaker has recently announced that Thar has been sold out till May this year. It currently has a waiting period of around nine months. The new-gen Thar was welcomed with a warm response by the Indian audience. With the new design, it still has the resemblance of the last-gen Thar intact. For this very reason, almost everyone loved the way it looks. However, its rather-quirky radiator grille was criticized by many. But it seems like Mahindra is acknowledging the customer inputs and is readying the Thar with an updated radiator grille. Recently, a video was shared on a social media platform by Thahiz Zaman.
In the above images, soft-top and hard-top variants of the Thar can be seen with camouflaged radiator grilles. We have earlier reported that Mahindra is testing the Thar with a new radiator grille and bigger windows of the hard-top. However, this is the first time that the prototypes have been spotted testing in high altitude. As of now, it’s tough to comment, how the new radiator grille will look like. But, do not expect a Wrangler-like 7-slat grille, but a slightly-different design should be expected.
Talking of the new-gen Thar’s feature list, it is a long one and comprises of a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, satellite navigation, lumbar adjustment for front seats, and more. The new-gen Thar has scored a crash test rating of 4 stars at Global NCAP’s testbed. It comes standard with dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, high-speed alert, seat belt reminders, 3-point seat belts for all occupants, roll cage, rear parking sensors, and seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters.
Mahindra Thar is available with two engine options – 2.2L diesel and 2.0L turbo-petrol. While the former pushes out a rated power output of 130 Hp and max torque of 300 Nm, the latter can put out 150 Hp against 320 Nm. Both of these engines are available with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. The Thar is available with a 4WD layout as standard, along with a low-range transfer case and mechanically-locking rear differential.