New Mahindra Thar and Old Model Standing Side By Side: Quick Comparison

by Harish Kumar | 28/10/2020
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Mahindra has just launched the new Thar but how much has changed from the earlier version? Let’s find out in our new Mahindra Thar vs old model comparison below.

Mahindra Thar has been a popular boxy SUV among the off-road community and car modification enthusiasts. So no wonder, the announcement of the new-gen Thar launch has created quite a hype for the Indian car freaks for a long period. The 2020 Mahindra Thar is the most anticipated car launch of the year and in everyone’s excitement, the new-gen Thar finally arrived with significant changes a while back. That said, Mahindra has brought in an all-new Thar but how much has changed from the outgoing model? Let’s find out in this quick comparison between 2020 Mahindra Thar new vs old model.

2020 mahindra thar vs old mahndra Thar front angle

Some guys have brought the Mahindra Thar 2020 and old Mahindra Thar outside and put them in the same place to see how the new-gen SUV sets itself apart from the previous-gen model. When the new Thar standing side by side the old model, the most noticeable difference you can spot is obviously the dimension. For your information, the 2020 Mahindra Thar has grown pretty much in size that makes perfect sense to address its new design’s off-road-focused capabilities indeed:


New Thar

Old Thar


3985 mm

3920 mm


Up to 1855 mm

1726 mm


Up to 1920 mm

1930 mm


2450 mm

2430 mm

Ground Clearance

219 – 226 mm

200 mm

Front Track

1520 mm

1445 mm

Rear Track

1520 mm

1346 mm


245/75 R16 – 255/65 R18

235/70 R16

Approach Angle

41.2 - 41.8


Breakover Angle



Departure Angle




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From the look of it merely, one can easily notice that the new-gen Mahindra Thar is now much longer and wider than the outgoing version. Whereas, the exterior of the Thar gets a more modern look while the older SUV looked much like the MM540. Mahindra has tweaked the front grille of the new-gen Thar and that received polarizing reactions from the auto enthusiasts.

mahindra thar old vs new image

For the first time ever, the Mahindra Thar is offered with a hardtop which was not available on the previous-gen Thar. That is a good movement, given the fact that the NVH levels have been improved in the new car while the old Mahindra Thar was infamous for the same. It’s also interesting that the aftermarket hardtop and alloys have been the common modifications of the old-gen Thar but now it’s never a matter for the new-gen model. Also, the new Thar comes in a choice of a soft top and soft top convertible configurations that would definitely give away the excellent driving experience.

2020 mahindra thar vs old mahindra thar rear angle


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Massive changes have been done to the interior of the new Mahindra Thar as well. It now gets an upmarket interior with a large touchscreen infotainment system, multi-functional steering, AC vents, with forward-facing rear seats.

The suspension setup of the new Thar has been enhanced for both on- and off-road use. But the biggest change should lie under the hood of the Thar which boasts of a completely new engine option. The 2020 Mahindra Thar is now offered with a 2.2-litre mHawk turbo-diesel engine that produces 130 BHP of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque, along with a 2.0-litre mStallion turbo-petrol mill generating maximum power of 150 BHP and 320 Nm of torque. Also, for the first time, the Thar is available with an automatic transmission that is missed out on the older-gen model. Currently, the 2020 Mahindra Thar is priced at around Rs 

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