New-gen Mahindra Thar hard-top spotted in clearest images yet

The new Mahindra Thar 2020 will rival the likes of the Force Gurkha SUV and the India-spec five-door Suzuki Jimny SUV.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 05 Jul 2020, 20:56 PM
New-gen Mahindra Thar. Image Credits: Youtube/HMD AutoVlogs
New-gen Mahindra Thar. Image Credits: Youtube/HMD AutoVlogs
New-gen Mahindra Thar. Image Credits: Youtube/HMD AutoVlogs
New-gen Mahindra Thar. Image Credits: Youtube/HMD AutoVlogs

It is no news that Mahindra is developing the second generation Thar SUV that has been undergoing road testing for more than a year now. Recently, it has been spotted yet again in its hard-top avatar. While the launch details aren't confirmed as of yet but expect the all-new Thar to go on sale in India around the upcoming festive season.

The purpose-built off-roader has grown into an all-new model with the generation change. From the available spy pics, it appears to be bolder and slightly wider than the model it replaces.

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Even though it has evolved heavily over the last-gen model, it still retains some of the traditional design elements such as circular headlamps, flat bonnet, brick-shaped tail-lights etc.

(Also Read: Mahindra records 55% fall in total sales at 19,358 units in June)

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The Thar 2020 will be underpinned by an all-new ladder on frame chassis. The new architecture is designed to provide the Thar better driving dynamics and improved off-road capabilities. The company has revealed in the past that the next-gen Thar will be global model and hence it would be safe to expect that the SUV will be launched across various international markets.

Its cabin will be a much more comfortable and feature-rich space, especially against the last model. It will benefit from a completely new dashboard, meter-console, re-positioned passenger grab handle, new steering wheel and seats. At the back compartment, it will get front facing rear-seats unlike the first-gen model. This update will make it more convenient and safe for the second-row passengers.

In terms of mechanicals, expect it to feature a 190 PS/380 Nm 2.0-litre TGDI mStallion petrol motor. Moreover, there will also be an all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. The transmission options will include a six-speed manual gearbox as well as a torque converter automatic unit.

(Also Read: Covid-19 crisis an opportune time for industry to re-invent: Pawan Goenka)

It will rival the likes of the upcoming 2020 Force Gurkha SUV and the India-spec five-door Suzuki Jimny.

First Published Date: 05 Jul 2020, 20:56 PM IST
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