2020 Mahindra Thar hard-top spied with 2020 Mahindra TUV300 Plus

26/08/2019 - 18:39 | ,  ,  ,   | Prashant Singh

Mahindra is developing a number of new products including the next-gen Thar and the new TUV300 Plus. Both the future models were spotted together by IAB reader Vikram Raja in Ooty recently.

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The next-gen Mahindra Thar will feature a more robust ladder-frame chassis.

The Mahindra Thar has slightly grown in size for its second generation, which is evident from the latest spy pictures. It will make use of a stronger body and sit on a more robust ladder-frame chassis, in order to clear the upcoming BNVSAP crash tests norms to be seen in action from 1 October 2019. The same ladder-frame chassis will underpin the 2020 Mahindra Scorpio, which has been spotted on various occasions in the past.

The exterior of the next-gen Mahindra Thar will not be radically different. The design will be evolutionary for the obvious reason. Signature elements such as seven-slot vertical grille, front fender-mounted direction indicators, a broad and flat bonnet, circular halogen headlamps, vertical brick-shaped combination lamps and a side-hinged tailgate with the mounted spare wheel will be carried over from the first-gen model. The taller and wider body will result in a better stance.

The greater changes will be seen on the inside. The all-new model will be a more comfortable and road-oriented vehicle to appeal to a wider band of customers. It will make use of a redesigned, all-black dashboard, a digital-analogue instrument panel with a huge, mid-placed MID, a new, multifunction steering wheel, round AC vents, new AC control dials with silver finishes and a new, repositioned passenger grab-handle. One of the biggest changes will be the use of front-facing seats in the rear.

Under the hood, the 2020 Mahindra Thar will have a newly developed BS-VI compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine tuned to churn out 140 PS of maximum power and 300 Nm of peak torque. This unit will come mated to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. A manually-operated 4WD system is expected to be offered as an option.

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The new Mahindra Thar is expected to be launched before the all-new Mahindra Thar.

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Coming on to the TUV300 Plus (facelift), it will feature a slightly tweaked front fascia with redesigned front bumper and new headlamps. It will also make use of a new radiator grille inspired by that of the Alturas G4's.
It is likely to employ the BS-VI version of the 2.2-litre mHawk that produces 120 PS at 4,000 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 1,800-2,800 rpm in the old model. This engine will likely be linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. The new model should go on sale by end-2019.

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