Exclusive: Next-gen Mahindra Thar 2020 launch in mid-April
Apart from the next-gen Scorpio and the next-gen XUV500, Mahindra is also developing the much-anticipated Thar 2020. The go-anywhere vehicle has been spotted amid road tests on several occasions in the past.
The launch details of the all-new Thar were already officially confirmed for Q2 2020 (April-June) by Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Limited. Previously, he was quoted as saying that the arrival of the next-gen Thar will take place only after the eKUV100. For the record, prices of the eKUV100 have already been revealed but the sales are yet to start.
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Now, dealer sources have hinted to HT Auto that the next-gen Mahindra Thar will arrive by the April second week. The vehicle will also be available for display/test drive at the select Mahindra dealerships later in the same month. Its pre-bookings may start from as soon as April first week, or before.
With the generation change, the Thar will transform in to a new vehicle altogether. It will adopt a fresh and much more beefy looking stance but will retain its iconic old-school off-roader look. Speaking of which, expect it to grow slightly in terms of width and overall size but design elements like the circular headlamps, seven-slot vertical grille, front fender-mounted turn indicators, wide and flat bonnet, side-hinged tailgate and brick-shaped tail lights will remain the same.
While the exterior design will sport some major changes, the cabin too will be drastically different from the first-gen model. The next-gen Thar will be a more comfort-oriented vehicle which will also be significantly more rich in features. Expect it to boast bits like a large touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control system, multifunction steering wheel and cruise control. Other than this, it will also employ front-facing rear-seats which will add more convenience and safety to the passengers using the second row.
In terms of mechanicals, it will most likely use a 2.0-litre diesel engine. This unit will produce 140 PS of maximum power and 300 Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed manual transmission will be standard and a four-wheel drive system will be offered as optional.