A test mule of the next generation Mahindra Thar was recently spotted undergoing tests on high altitude roads in the Leh-Ladakh region
The 2020 Mahindra Thar is definitely taking a bit too long to step into our market. While latest reports state that the new model could launch as soon as next month, it looks like the homegrown UV-specialist is yet to complete the road tests of the upcoming model, which is a fact that can be ascertained from the new spy images of a heavily-camouflaged test mule undergoing high-altitude road-tests in the Leh-Ladakh region.
As has been the case so far, the test mule which was snapped recently carries a heavy camouflage. It rides on steel wheels and features tail lights lifted from its predecessor. However, the latter is a temporary arrangement that will eventually get replaced with all-LED units. Also, chances are that the top-end trims of the new-gen Thar would offer stylish mag wheels.
The latest images do reveal that the next generation Mahindra Thar will carry an all-new bumper that will have a sleek middle portion and larger terminal ends. The test unit that you seen in the pictures here features the same outside rear view mirrors as the earlier version but in all probability, the new model will feature a more upmarket look for the door mirrors.
Underpinning the second-generation Mahindra Thar will be an upgraded version of the ZEN3 ladder-on-frame chassis that is employed by the TUV300 as well as the Scorpio. This will ensure that the new model offers better ride-handling characteristics than its predecessor. The safety suite for the new model will include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESC, high speed alert, front seatbelt reminder and high speed warning alert.
The next-generation Mahindra Thar will be available with two engine options, a petrol and a diesel. The former will be the same 1.5-litre mStallion engine that outputs 165 PS of maximum power and 280 Nm of peak torque.The oil-burner on offer will be a 2.2-litre motor that offers 140 PS and 320 Nm. Transmission options for both the motors will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic unit.