Mahindra & Mahindra India have finally unveiled the next generation Thar earlier in the day and the event of unveiling happened on live stream keeping the current situation in mind. It was also told during the unveil, the launch of the next-generation Thar is expected to happen on 2nd October 2020.
The next generation Thar is based on the Gen3 chassis from Mahindra and according to them, this helps in giving the Thar better torsional rigidity. With this iteration of the Thar, quite a lot of things have changed. It now looks new but the retro look of the Thar is carried over to this generation. The interiors have been redesigned as well and do keep up with the times.
The SUV has a ground clearance of 226 mm and can wade through 650 mm. It has a 42 degree approach angle and a 37 degree departure angle.
Mahindra Thar Chassis highlights:
- Body-on-Frame Construction
- Independent Front Suspension & Multi-Link Rear Suspension set-up
- Shift-on-the-Fly 4x4 Manual Shift Transfer Case with Low Ratio
- Mechanical Locking Differential on the Rear Axle
- Brake Locking Differential
- Approach angle -41.8 deg, Departure angle -36.8 deg, Ramp over angle -27 deg.
- Unladen ground clearance of 226 mm
- Water wading depth of 650 mm
- All-Terrain Tyres 255/65 R18
- Electromechanical Driveline Disconnect
The new Thar gets a reworked face and it is wider than the outgoing car. The grille from the outgoing car has been tweaked and retained, so are the circular headlamps. Customers can choose between a soft top and a hard top. The SUV rides on 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels shod with wider tires. It also gets a tail gate mounted spare wheel.
Mahindra has also worked on the interiors to keep up with times. The dashboard layout is new. The seats are new and have been redesigned and the most notable addition being the front facing seats. The interiors are washable as well. The switchgear is drizzle resistant (IP54 rated0). The new dashboard houses a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit with weather resistant switches. It also displays the pitch and roll angles, G meter among other parameters. The new instrument cluster houses a colour TFT display. Even the speakers are mounted onto the roof. Other features like the steering mounted controls for audio and cruise control, tyre pressure and direction monitoring systems are a part of the equipment list.
The new Thar is available with two engine options. These include a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder mStallion petrol that produces 150 BHP and 320 Nm and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel that makes 130 BHP and 320 Nm. Both engines are available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive with a manual shift transfer case is standard across all variants.
The new Thar comes in two trim levels AX (Adventure Series) and LX (Lifestyle Series). The AX series comes with a fixed soft top, side facing seats, steel wheels, mechanical lockable differentials and a manual transmission. The LX Series gets a soft top or hard top and automatic transmission option for the diesel, while the petrol engine comes with an automatic transmission only.
The Thar is equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, hill hold assist, hill decent control, optional roll cage, 3-point seatbelts for all the four passengers and ISOFIX child safety seat anchors.
It will be offered in six colour options - Red Rage, Mystic Copper, Galaxy Grey, Napoli Black, Rocky Beige and Aquamarine.