Mahindra & Mahindra has announced the launch of Thar facelift on July 22, 2015 in the country. It would be the second substantial upgrade for the Mahindra Thar since its launch in December 2010 in India. The changes would be cosmetic only, mechanicals of the ongoing model would be retained. Also, Mahindra has organized an off-roading challenge for media fraternity on July 23, 2015 with the Thar facelift.
Mahindra Thar facelift had been spied as test mule several times on Indian roads, albeit with camouflage. Prior to its official launch, we have found some images which gives an idea what the changes and upgrades are going to be. The exterior image shows that rear canopy is a bit tilted, while the bumpers and fenders have been redesigned. At the front, there is a new plastic-metal front bumper, bigger foot rests, and enlarged fenders.
The interior cabin of Mahindra Thar facelift would be refreshed as well with a new dual-tone color scheme. The A/C vents come with silver finish, while the new three-pieced instrument cluster with chrome is borrowed from the company's flagship offering - the new XUV500. The seats in the new model are quite bigger as compared to the current model. The centre console comprises hand brake, gear lever and transfer case, which are covered by a beige cloth. The steering wheel, A/C switches and gear knob have been sourced from the Bolero SUV.
Mechanically, the 2015 Mahindra Thar facelift would be the same as the ongoing model. The base and mid-variants of the new Thar would be powered by a 2.5L DI diesel motor which generates 63bhp of top power and 182.5Nm of peak torque. It would be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and would be available in both 2WD and 4WD systems. The top-end variants would be deriving power from the more powerful 2.5L CRDe diesel engine. It belts out a maximum power of 105bhp and peak torque of 247Nm, while mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It would be offered with both rear wheel drive system as well as 4X4 drive system.