After scores of spy photos and a seemingly endless wait, the all-new Mahindra Thar has finally been revealed in full. It’s no coincidence Mahindra chose India’s 74th Independence Day to unveil its next-gen off-roader, as it wants its new 4×4 to be viewed as an icon of freedom.
The new Thar is based on the Gen3 chassis that is claimed to have better torsional rigidity. It appears to be wider than its predecessor and features a completely redesigned exterior. While the design is new, it’s a modern take of the previous Thar’s retro looks. 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.
The new Thar gets a revised grille but retains the circular headlamps and wide fenders. Customers can choose between a soft top and a hard top. The SUV rides on 5-spoke alloy wheels shod with wider tires. It also gets a tail gate mounted spare wheel.
Just like the exterior, Mahindra has also reworked the interior of Thar. The interior is washable and now features a front facing rear seat and has roof mounted speakers. 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.
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, cruise control, hill hold assist, hill descent control, optional roll cage and ISOFIX child safety seat anchors.
Mahindra Thar will launch on October 2, 2020. It will face competition from the new Force Gurkha, which is also expected to arrive in the coming months.