The next-gen Mahindra Thar will come in different body sizes, roof options and seating arrangements as seen in the latest spy images.
The next-gen Mahindra Thar has been spotted yet again testing on Indian roads and this time we have some more details. Mahindra has been working on this all-new Thar for quite some time now. This time, it will be based on an all-new platform which will also underpin the Scorpio and the XUV500.
Of course, the platform would be heavily altered to suit the rugged nature of the Thar. The next-gen Mahindra Thar will fully comply with upcoming BNVSAP safety norms and BS6 emission compliance norms. It will also come equipped with all safety features necessary. The new Thar will also be significantly larger than the current-gen Thar.
In these latest spy shots by Shobhit Mathur on 4×4 India Facebook group, the Thar was spotted testing in Pondicherry and there were multiple test mules of the Thar on the run. That is evident from the images, where one of the Thar’s have a spare wheel mounted at the back whereas another one has BS-VI emissions testing equipment. This means that Mahindra is also testing the new 2.0-litre BS6 compliant engine that will be launched with the all-new Thar.
This same engine will also be powering the next-gen Scorpio and the XUV500 but those will of course be in different states of tune. While the cuurent-gen Thar uses a 2.5L, Diesel engine with 105hp, the next-gen Thar is expected to be quite more powerful than the current one, producing around 130 hp.
What’s also evident from the new images is that the new Thar will be offered in different sizes with different wheelbases probably. The test mule wearing the testing equipment looks quite smaller than the one wearing the spare wheel. The Thar was already spotted with a hard-top version earlier and it is quite possible that it will come with different seating options as well.
One of the problems with the Thar has always been its interiors and refinement. However, the next-gen Mahindra Thar will be significantly better on that front. The interiors have been completely changed and this time it will feature touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation and smartphone integration on its dashboard. It will also have a digital display on the instrument panel, steering mounted controls, etc.
Mahindra has also been working on the next-gen Scorpio and their entire range of engines that will be updated to meet the new BS-VI emissions. There’s sure a lot going on at Mahindra. The next-gen Thar will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and will go in sale later next year. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 10-14 lakh.