Contrary to the original expectation, the 2020 Mahindra Thar didn’t make its premiere at the Auto Expo 2020.
However, considering that the camouflaged test mules which are being spotted on publics roads appear to be fully production ready, the launch shouldn’t be too far away. With the BS6 norms kicking in from April 1, 2020, the existing Thar will have to hang up its boots. It’s successor is expected to assume charge almost immediately or after a brief period.
The latest spy video gives us a very good idea on the vehicle’s final production-spec design. For starters, the 2020 Mahindra Thar has definitely grown wider compared to its predecessor. The new off-roader has a more imposing road presence, thanks to wider seven-slat grille, new headlamps, flared wheel arches and a new bumper. The wheel-arch mounted turn indicator housings also accommodate LED DRLs. Overall, the new model looks pretty close to the widely acclaimed Jeep Wrangler. Watch the new spy video by YouTube channel Power Stroke PS below.
The boxy profile is easily recognisable as the Thar. Depending on the variant, we expect the off-roader to be available in both soft (tarpaulin) and hardtop roof options. The ground clearance as well as approach and departure angles are expected to be better than those of the model it replaces. The sense of width is plainly apparent when viewed from the rear as well. The new Mahindra Thar gets tailgate-mounted spare-wheel and upmarket looking rectangular LED taillights.
Going by the previous spy shots, we expect the 2020 Mahindra Thar to offer different seating configuration. At least one of the variants would feature forward facing rear seats like a regular family SUV. The next-gen off-roader also features a fresh dashboard design. The video clearly shows a generously proportioned touchscreen infotainment system.
As far as hardware goes, the 2020 Mahindra Thar is reported to be underpinned by a new ladder frame chassis which is compliant with the latest crash test norms. The vehicle is also reported to be powered by Mahindra’s new BS6-ready 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine which is estimated to dish out around 140 hp. It remains to be seen if the current 2.2-liter mHawk will get the BS6 update or not. Fully-loaded variants will benefit from 4×4 system, lockable differential and low-ratio transfer case.
It will also get a petrol engine as an option. Mahindra recently revealed their line-up of new BS6 petrol engines, called the mStallion. These are 4 cyl mills in 1.2 liter, 1.5 liter and 2.0 liter capacity. Expect the 1.5 liter petrol to be on board the new Thar. The next-gen Mahindra Thar will compete with the Force Gurkha in a niche segment. The updates are expected to widen the Thar’s appeal.