2020 Mahindra Thar 4x4 seen in more spy photos
We've seen the upcoming Mahindra Thar quite a few times in spy pictures. But these new images show in more detail than ever how this off-roader might turn out when it expectedly debuts at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The front fascia carries forward the Jeep CJ derived look from the present car, complete with the seven-slat grille. But the wider track and protruding wheel arches are more purposeful. There also seems to be a more advanced suspension set-up. Also not the really small front bumper, but we expect a larger, safer replacement when the production version debuts. It is expected to carry forward the retro Jeep CJ inspired styling of the current car but with many of the rough edges smoothed out.
Like the earlier pictures, these images also show that the new Thar will be significantly larger than the current car. It seems much wider too. The off-roader could sit on a redeveloped version of the ladder frame chassis from the upcoming Scorpio or even a RWD version of the more advanced modular structure from the Marazzo.
Spy images have shown that the Thar's interiors are more upmarket and SUV-like with the steering-mounted controls, large MID and chrome surrounds for the AC controls. The plastic quality seems better and the layout quite a bit more modern, thanks to the large round AC vents. The passenger grab handle and a floor-mounted 4x4 shifter remind of its outdoor capability.
The new off-roader will also be powered by a new motor, given that the current mill is unlikely to pass upcoming emission norms. This could be a version of the new 2.0-litre diesel Mahindra is working on for the upcoming second-gen XUV500, but most likely detuned here. Four-wheel drive and a low range gearbox will also be available. The interior will most likely be updated to provide more creature comforts and be less utilitarian than the current car.
The Thar has somewhat of a cult following in the country and no real competition other than the Force Gurkha. The Thar is much more accessible however and is ideal for both serious off-roading given its capabilities, and as a more sedate lifestyle vehicle. The new one will build on these traits but in a less compromising package.
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