Mahindra & Mahindra, the homegrown UV specialist, has finally revealed the second-generation Mahindra Thar. Furthermore, it has even stated that the new-generation Mahindra Thar will launch on October 2. The carmaker has said that the new model is a “quantum leap in terms of technology, comfort and safety features” without letting go of any of its thoroughbred off-road capabilities. Hence, as we have been saying, the new Mahindra Thar is a more comfort-oriented and premium vehicle than its earlier iteration.
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The second generation Mahindra Thar will launch on October 2, the founder’s day of Mahindra and also the 75th anniversary. It will aim to not only follow the footsteps of its predecessor but even go a step or two ahead as its car-like interior and less utilitarian approach will help the SUV garner a wider audience. The new SUV will be sold in two variants – LX and AX.
As compared to the previous version, the next-gen Mahindra Thar will come with many upmarket features. The equipment list of the new SUV will include stuff like an IP-54-rated water-resistant 17.8 cm touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, adventure statistics display and roof-mounted speakers among others. Also water-resistant is the multi-function steering wheel and the centrally-located window switches. The safety equipment on offer will include ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and rear parking sensors. The top-end variant could even have a reverse parking sensor. These features will make the SUV a more premium model than the bare-basic first-gen model.
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Powering the 2020 Mahindra Thar will be petrol and diesel engines. What this means is that the new-gen Thar could have a much higher appeal than the current version as many car-owners are fast switching to petrol-powered vehicles. The petrol engine on offer will be a 2.0-litre mStallion T-GDI petrol engine, while the oil-burner will be a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel unit. The petrol engine outputs 150bhp and 320 Nm, while the diesel motor offers 130bhp and 300 Nm. Transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque-converter automatic units. The SUV will also offer a manual shift-on-the-fly 4×4 transfer case. Also, it must be noted here that switching from 4-High to 4-low mode increases the torque by 2.48 times. Also, front-axle disconnect system, braking locking differential on both axles and a mechanical locking rear differential are standard.
There are two options for the rims and tires. The standard version includes 16-inch wheels with 245/75 R16 tyres, while one can even opt for 18-inch wheels with 255/65 R18 tyres. The SUV offers 226mm of ground clearance, 41.8-degree approach angle, 36.8-degree departure angle and 27-degree break-over angles. The SUV also has a 650 mm water-wading capacity.
The new generation Mahindra Thar will be underpinned by the company’s GEN3 ladder-frame architecture that supports the current generation Scorpio as well as the TUV300. Also, the suspension system of the new-gen Mahindra Thar will ensure better driving dynamics.
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