The butch off-roader ‘Mahindra Thar’ evolves in every possible way you could imagine. Read on to know the key highlights.
Mahindra has finally taken the wraps off its new Thar SUV. The muscular vehicle has gone completely under the hammer and has become more upmarket and practical. The comfort factor has been upped without compromising its off-road capabilities. The second-generation Thar is getting many ‘first time ever’ traits such as removable body panels, petrol and diesel engine options, automatic transmission and a convertible roof.
Engine and Specifications
The 2020 Mahindra Thar gets a new set of petrol and diesel engines. The earlier 2.5-litre diesel motor is swapped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which offers a max power of 130PS (23PS more) and 300Nm of massive torque. Moreover, the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine makes 150PS of impressive power along with a peak torque of 300Nm (320Nm with AT). Both the engines are paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. It continues to be offered with a 4WD drive type as standard.
The new Thar has evolved radically. Leaving the round multi-reflector headlamps and vertically-slat grille, everything has changed at the front. It gets body cladding across the exterior. The turn indicators are placed on the extending wheel arches whereas the fog lamps have moved down, inside the bumpers. The two-door SUV now comes with factory-fitted hard top with removable roof panels.
The rear bumper gets beef up with cladding and houses rear parking sensors and reflectors. Due to proportional roof, the rear profile of the Thar now looks taller. The tailgate-mounted spare wheel continues to add macho appeal to the rugged SUV. The 2020 iteration is a sophisticated evolution of the Thar.
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The 2020 Mahindra Thar has a more practical approach to its interior this time. Roof-mounted speaker, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, cruise control and steering mounted controls have all made Thar’s cabin plusher than ever.
The rear seats now face the front seats juxtaposed to each other in its predecessor. Instead of the bench seats, Mahindra has preferred captain seats for two passengers at the rear. However, the jump seats facing each other can still be had in its AX variant.
It gets dust and water resistant interiors with an IP rating of 54.
The 2020 Thar gets decent list of safety features which were absent in its earlier iteration. It comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP with roll mitigation, rear parking sensors, roll cage, three-point ELR seat belts, speed sensing auto door locks and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
The 2020 Mahindra Thar is a more rounded package this time with power, performance, comfort and style – all blending perfectly to give you a soothing experience.
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