Mahindra has started testing the 2020 Thar with more production-oriented parts. Recently, a test mule featuring LED tail lights and alloy wheels was spotted. While alloy wheels were expected, the LED tail lights do come as a surprise.
Moving to its second generation, the Mahindra Thar will grow significantly bigger. A wider body will lend it a more dominating and authoritative stance. It will still be based on a ladder-frame chassis, though, but a stronger one that will make it safer and capable enough to withstand the BNVSAP crash test norms. The very same ladder-frame chassis will underpin the 2020 Mahindra Scorpio as well.
On the inside, the next-gen Mahindra Thar will make use of a redesigned, all-black dashboard, a digital-analogue instrument panel with a huge, mid-placed MID. It will also feature a new multi-function steering wheel, round AC vents, new AC control dials with silver finishes and a new, re-positioned passenger grab-handle. Apart from that, it will feature front-facing seats instead of the side-facing seats in the rear, in order to be more comfort-oriented and conventional.
Under the hood, the 2020 Mahindra Thar will have a newly developed BS-VI compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine which churns out 140 PS of maximum power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A manually-operated 4WD system is expected as an option.
The 2020 Mahindra Thar's safety kit will comprise features like front, ABS driver airbag, rear parking sensors, speed alert system and more as standard.
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