The next-gen Mahindra Thar has been spotted a few times already. But the recent images that surfaced on the internet has revealed it with a hard top. Earlier we spotted a Thar with a soft top, and had a glance of the interior. The Hard Top version was caught undergoing test on public roads. This leads us to believe that the range of customisation options available on the current Thar, will also come here.
The new 2020 Mahindra Thar is expected to come with a host visual and mechanical changes. The SUV was still heavily camouflaged and is in the early stages of development so most of the exterior parts we see here are temporary units, so the production model is likely to be a lot different.
The front fascia carries forward the Jeep CJ derived look from the present car, complete with the seven-slat grille. But the wider track and protruding wheel arches are more purposeful. There also seems to be a more advanced suspension setup. Also not the really small front bumper, but we expect a larger, safer replacement when the production version debuts. It is expected to carry forward the retro Jeep CJ inspired styling of the current car but with many of the rough edges smoothed out. The overall view the new Thar will be visibly wider than its predecessor.
The engine details for the upcoming new-gen Thar are still unknown, but we do expect it to get a BS 6 compliant engine. As of now, the Mahindra Thar is powered by a 2.5-litre CRDe diesel engine that makes 105 bhp at 3800 rpm and develops a peak torque of 274 Nm from as low as 1800-2000 rpm. It gets the standard 4WD system with high & low ratios.
The will be equipped with mandatory safety features like ABS with EBD, driver airbag and rear parking sensors. It could be the 2.0-litre diesel engine that is expected to replace the 2.2-litre mHawk engine in the Scorpio and XUV500. Details of this engine are not officially available at the moment but we expect it to make power in the range of 140PS. Torque figure is expected to be around the 320Nm mark.
Mahindra is expected to launch the new Thar at the 2020 Auto Expo, which will be held in February next year. Expect it to get a bump in prices, which currently start at Rs 6.72 lakh and go up to Rs 9.49 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).