Check out the new Mahindra Thar sharing frame with the last-gen model. Interestingly, the last-gen units are modified with the use of different grilles.
2020 Mahindra Tharis one of the most-capable off-roaders that are available in the country today. Also, it now boasts of rather contemporary design in comparison to its predecessor – first-gen Thar. Nevertheless, Mahindra has managed to keep it connected with the roots. Backing up our statements are these pictures, where a new-gen Thar is seen parked with two last-gen Thars that get different radiator grilles. One in the black paint scheme can be seen with an Angry-bird grille, while the matt-grey Thar gets a Jeep Gladiator-like grille. With the different grilles in place, the last-gen units do look a little modern, but it is the new-gen Thar that grabs away all the limelight from them. Thanks to its design, which all of us will admit, is inspired by the Jeep Wrangler.
On the front, the new-gen Thar gets a re-designed bumper that complies with updated pedestrian safety norms. However, that wasn’t the case with the early examples of the first-gen Thar. They came with a sturdy metal bumper, which could take up all the beating of an unpaved path. Moreover, the bonnet is a new unit, and so are the hood latches. On the sides, the 2020 Thar comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, whereas the last-gen model was sold with a set of steel wheels only. While the overall shape of the new-gen Thar remains boxy, the edges are filleted now. Interestingly, it can now be had with an optional hardtop as well. These changes aid the new-gen Thar with a lot of differentiation in comparison to its last-gen model.
The new-gen Thar comes with two engine options – 2.0L turbo-petrol and 2.0L turbo-diesel. Both of these units get a 4-cylinder configuration. The petrol motor is tuned to dish out 150 hp of peak power and 320 Nm of max torque. The oil burner, on the other hand, is capable of developing a rated power output of 130 hp and peak torque of 300 Nm. Transmission duties on the 2020 Thar can be had performed by either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It does get a BorgWarner 4x4 transfer case as a standard fitment across the range along with a low-ratio gearbox and mechanically-locking rear differential.