Mahindra is set to reveal the new-gen Thar SUV on 15 August 2020. The new model has been on test for quite some time and will be a major upgrade from the outgoing version. It is expected to be launched in the coming months and bookings are expected to open after the unveil in August.
The Thar will get BS6 engine options for the first time, and both petrol and diesel engines will be on offer. Diesel engine is expected to be the 2.2-litre unit from Mahindra’s portfolio that makes around 140PS of maximum power. The petrol engine will be a 2.0-litre unit. We expect manual and automatic transmission options to be on offer with both the engines. Given that the Thar will be a thorough off-roader, a 4WD setup should be on offer with both the engines.
The Thar will also receive a comprehensive upgrade to its safety kit. Features like dual front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminder and high-speed alert will be on offer on all variants.
In addition, we expect Mahindra to equip the new model with some creature comforts too, like a rear parking camera and electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs. Also expect some modern-day features like a touchscreen infotainment system and LED DRLs in higher variants. The new Thar will also feature front-facing rear seats, making it more car-like for passengers. It is also reported that a factory-fitted removable hard top will also be on offer.
Expect the updated Thar’s prices to start from under Rs 10 lakh -- a price-point where both B2- and C-segment soft-road SUVs retail. It will be interesting to see just how urban will the new Thar be compared to the outgoing version.