2015 Mahindra Thar (facelift) caught testing again – Spied
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Features minor updates to the exterior.
Mahindra is currently looking to refresh most of the utility vehicles, one of them being the off-road friendly Mahindra Thar. The 2015 Mahindra Thar will break cover in mid-2015, as per reports, and will feature new updates as shown in the spyshots.
While the whole exterior is wrapped in camouflage, the front bumper is covered up with a cloth – suggesting that the Thar could feature a new bumper made from a mix of plastic and metal. Unlike the previous spyshots, this particular prototype features front and rear wheel fender extensions, hinting that it’s the top-spec CRDe variant testing. Other documented changes include a new canopy (now tilted from the back) and bigger side steps
Inside, the 2015 model has a new dual tone dashboard housing circular HVAC vents with silver finish, and a new instrument cluster. It borrows the steering wheel, HVAC controls and the handbrake lever from the Bolero, and has a beige gear lever housing with two cup holders.
So far, no reports exist about any mechanical upgrades for the Thar. The current model comes with an option between a 2.5-litre DI unit that produces 63 hp and 182.5 Nm of torque, or a more-powerful 2.5-litre CRDe engine that makes 105 hp and 247 Nm of torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and is available in 2WD (rear wheel drive) or 4WD versions.
The full list of changes will be revealed closer to or when Mahindra launches the updated Thar this year, reportedly in June.
Competition: Force Gurkha
Expected Price: From INR 6.5 lakhs onwards (ex-Showroom)
Launch date: June 2015 (according to reports)
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[Source : Motoroids]