- 2020 Mahindra Thar test runs have started in India.
- It is expected to launch at Auto Expo 2020.
- The new-gen Thar is likely to be larger than the current version.
- The 2020 Mahindra Thar interior will receive prominent changes.
- It could receive a new 2.0L unit and an automatic gearbox
It is no secret that Mahindra is working on the next generation Thar which is expected to launch at the Auto Expo 2020. Test runs for the new Thar have already begun and going by 2020 Mahindra Thar images, it seems to be more rugged and larger in size than the current version on sale.
Also revealed through spy images is the new Mahindra Thar interior which has received prominent changes including the redesigned dashboard that make the cabin look premium as compared to the existing model. The beige colour theme has been replaced by the all-black tone on the dashboard. It also gets a multi-function steering wheel with silver insert that has been borrowed from the smaller sibling TUV300. It also gets new seats with all-black covers highlighted by contrast white stitching.
The tri-pod instrument console has also been left out for a new bi-pod unit that comes with a prominent multi-info display. While the center console layout has been carried out, it now gets new AC controls. The front passenger grab handle has also been repositioned to accommodate an airbag. Another new addition to the 2020 Mahindra Thar will be the front power windows. A standard touchscreen infotainment unit will be missing, though it will come with a provision to mount an audio system. On the safety front, expect features such as dual front airbags, passenger seat belt warning, rear parking sensor, speed alert system and ABS to be standard across line-up.
The off-road specific model will pack in features such as rear locking differential and impressive approach and departure angles that will be restricted to the top-spec variant only. While the Mahindra Thar specifications are yet to be disclosed, it is expected to retain the 105 hp, 2.5-litre CRDe oil burner which could be upgraded to comply with the new BS VI standards. In addition, a new 2.0-litre is likely to be introduced, whereas the 2.5-litre DI engine could be dropped. The five-speed manual gearbox will be replaced by a new six-speed manual unit. There is also a possibility of getting an automatic gearbox akin to its US based version sold under Roxor nameplate, which is set to receive a torque converter automatic transmission soon.