Take a look at this rendering of the new Mahindra Thar that now looks likes the old Willys Jeep, from which it sources its pedigree.
Mahindra Thar currently boasts of a long waiting period, which extends up to 8-9 months. Thanks to the new design, multiple engine-gearbox combinations, and feature-loaded interior, the new-gen Thar has received a warm response from the Indian audience. Also, it is often referred to be a look-alike of an American off-roader. However, it isn’t something to worry about because the Thar eventually packs in the same pedigree as the Jeep Wrangler. Both of these off-roaders can be addressed as the grandchildren of the mighty Willy’s Jeep. But can the new-gen Mahindra Thar be tuned to bring back the old-school vibes of the Willys Jeep? Well, the answer is yes, and here’s a digitally modified example of the 2020 Mahindra Thar that is reminiscent of the Willys Jeep.
The above video was uploaded on YouTube by SRK Designs. In the video, the rendering artist has made a slew of tweaks to the new-gen Thar to make it look like the Willys Jeep. Starting from the front, the plastic bumper is now swapped with a hardcore metal unit, which also houses a heavy-duty winch along with tow shackles. Moving over to the sides, it now rides on massive M/T-spec tyres, which are shod on a set of steel rims.
To give it the door-less appeal of the Willys Jeep, the designer has binned the doors of the Thar. A similar suite is followed for the roof, roll bars, and rear seats. The side steps have also been removed to install rock sliders here. The most noticeable change, however, is the new Olive Green paint job. It lends the Thar with the retro appeal of the Willys Jeep. Additionally, the star livery on the rear fender accentuates the overall retro theme. On the inside, the seats are now upholstered in an Olive Green material.
Talking of mechanical changes, we can observe that independent front suspension is no more visible. A solid axle is now doing the duty, instead. The Thar is available with two engine options – 2.0L turbo-petrol and 2.2L diesel. Transmission options include a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AT. Interestingly, the Thar comes standard with a 4x4 drivetrain, mechanically-locking rear differential, and a low-range transfer case, which make it a super-capable off-roader.