A close look at the 2020 Mahindra Thar TVC shows an upcoming Mahindra small car being tested at the company's private facility. The spied model could be a replacement for the Maruti Ignis-rivalling Mahindra KUV100
Last month,Mahindra finally revealed the new-gen Thar in the Indian market. The off-roader was on a road-test for a very long time. The2020 Mahindra Thar is slated to launch on 2nd October 2020. It will be offered with both petrol and diesel powertrain options and will come paired with an optional automatic gearbox. The 4WD system will be offered as standard. The SUV has already attracted a lot of enthusiasts from its modern looks and premium cabin. One can expect the final market-ready model of the SUV to feature subtle tweaks. The price of the SUV is expected to fall between Rs 10 to 15 lakh (ex-showroom).
A few weeks back, the automaker shared a new TVC video of the 2020 Thar on social media showing the rugged nature of the new-gen model. The video has been titled as ‘Built To Explore the Impossible' and was uploaded on Mahindra Thar’s official YouTube channel. While showcasing its off-road capabilities along with facts and figures of the car, a sub-4-meter SUV prototype comes into the frame by mistake.
This TVC of new-gen Mahindra Thar was shot on the company’s plant, where the upcoming Mahindra cars were also on test. This compact SUV must be mistakenly missed from the video editor’s eye. It’s quite hard to guess which car exactly Mahindra is testing. One can expect this small SUV to be the replacement of KUV100, which has been a direct rival of the Maruti Ignis. The ongoing Mahindra XUV100 NXT is not the most desirable car at its segment and has even got a bit too long in the tooth now. Hence, a replacement is pretty much the need of the hour.
This compact SUV will even rival with the upcoming Tata HBX. It was showcased early this year at the 2020 Auto Expo and will sit below Tata Nexon in the carmaker’s stable. The ongoing Mahindra KUV100 NXT is powered by a BS6-compliant 1.2-litre three-pot gasoline mill, which puts out 82bhp of peak power and 115 Nm of twisting force. The engine comes paired with a 5-speed MT. In the near future, all the upcoming Mahindra and Ford vehicle will be powered by Mahindra & Mahindra’s mStallion petrol powertrains.