One of the best-selling off-road SUVs in India, Mahindra Thar is being prepared to be offered in an updated version in the country. The updated news is that the next-gen Mahindra Thar is in the works and will be based on a new platform. According to the reports, the next-gen Mahindra Thar will be the first SUV by the automaker to utilize the all-new platform by Mahindra that will make the off-roader slightly longer than the current model.
Mahindra is currently busy in developing the new platform to comply with the new crash test regulations which will come into effect from October 1, 2019. The automaker will later introduce other SUVs based on the same platform. The upcoming Mahindra Thar will also feature a BS-VI compliant engine and will be more refined and have good highway cruising capability. The off-roader will also upgrade the body to meet the upcoming crash test norms.
Originally launched as a replacement to the MM540 in 2010, Mahindra Thar received a mid-life facelift in 2015 to make it more appealing and upmarket. Available between the price range of Rs. 6.35 lakhs to Rs. 9.03 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai) depending on the variant, the existing Mahindra Thar follows the design language of the Jeep CJ. In terms of features, the SUV offers a revamped interior, detachable soft-top, new bumpers and wheel arch claddings. However, the upcoming Thar is expected to offer more modern features such as touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights, automatic climate control and much more.
Under the hood, the current Mahindra Thar comes powered by two diesel engine options, a 2.5-litre and a 2.6-litre engine. While the 2.5-litre unit produces 105 bhp of power and 247 Nm of torque, the 2.6-litre engine is capable for 63 bhp and 195 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Though there is not much information about the looks, design and features of the next-gen Thar bur it is expected to be revealed in the coming months ahead of launch. We’ll have to wait till any information regarding the all-new Mahindra Thar gets revealed. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Mahindra Thar.