The second-gen Mahindra Thar with hard top has been spied during its road testing yet again, courtesy WheelsGreed.
The all-new Mahindra Thar will be sharing an updated ladder-frame chassis with the 2020 Mahindra Scorpio. It will be slightly longer and wider in terms of overall dimensions and feature an evolutionary design.
At the front, the next-gen Mahindra Thar features a signature seven-slot vertical grille flanked by round headlamps taken over from the original model. These headlights will be same halogen units, and LEDs will be given a miss in order to keep the overall costs under check. Other than this, it will also carry design inspiration from the current model in the form of front-fender-mounted turn indicators and an upright windscreen. At the rear, the 2020 Mahindra Thar will be kitted with a spare wheel bolted on to the side-hinged tailgate, as seen on the outgoing model.
The all-new Mahindra Thar will pass the stringent BNVSAP crash test norms thanks to its more robust construction and enhanced design. It will also be equipped with additional standard features such as driver airbag, rear parking sensors, speed alert system and more in accordance with the AIS 145 safety norms which will be seen in action from 1 July 2019.
Interior spy shots have revealed that the 2020 Mahindra Thar will feature a multi-function steering wheel, a big MID placed between the dials of the instrument panel and a new dashboard layout with a provision for an infotainment system. The cabin will be more comfortable and family-oriented.
Under the hood, there will be a BS-VI 2.0-litre diesel engine tuned to produce 140 PS of maximum power and 300 Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed manual transmission will be standard, while a manually operated 4WD system should be optional. The next-gen Mahindra Thar is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020 and it will be pitted against its arch rival next-gen Force Gurkha which is also likely to be unveiled at the same event.
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