Next-Generation (2020) Mahindra Thar To Get Petrol Option And AT

  • Nov 08, 2019

Indian indigenous automobile manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra is working on the next-generation (2020) Thar sports utility vehicle (SUV) which is likely to be showcased at the next year’s Auto Expo. While the car has already been spotted during its test runs, it is now largely confirmed that it will also come with a petrol motor and automatic transmission (AT).

A test vehicle of the 2020 Thar was recently spotted in Ladakh. The car was equipped with a petrol motor and AT. Mahindra is expected to offer the same 2.2-litre petrol-automatic engine which previously powered the XUV500. The motor is expected to produce 150PS maximum power and over 300Nm peak torque. The new Thar’s diesel version, on the other hand, could be the 2.2-litre mHawk unit.

The AT system of the next-generation Mahindra Thar could be the 6-speed unit borrowed from the XUV500.

The new Thar is expected to retain most of its looks from the earlier version. Traditional elements like the seven-slat grille and the round headlamps could be retained. The car may sport butch-looking wheel arches and bumpers. The SUV would run on 16-inch wheels, while the five-spoke alloy units may be borrowed from the existing version of the Mahindra Scorpio. The safety equipment will include rear parking sensors, a speed alert system, dual airbags, antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and pedestrian protection and crumple zones. 

Leaked images of the 2020 Thar’s cabin have already revealed a completely reworked dashboard. It will now sport a multi-information display unit instead of the earlier three-pod instrument cluster. Other features would include a sound system, steering-mounted audio controls, and a manual heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.

The existing version of the Mahindra Thar is priced between ₹9.59 lakh to ₹9.99 lakh. The next-generation model is expected to come at a premium of about ₹1 lakh.

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