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Mahindra Thar needs no introduction as it is one of the most famous off-roading SUVs of India. Not just off-roading, the SUV is also a retro lifestyle product that many people buy as a daily driver as well. However, the Thar in the market in its current form has been growing long in the tooth for some while now. It is not just the safety, emission, and feature aspect that has made the SUV untenable in the Indian market for normal customers, it is the dated setup that has been taking a toll on the SUV lately. Therefore, Mahindra has been testing an all-new version of their Thar since a long time and it has been spied many a times as well. This is being touted as the biggest update that the Thar will receive ever since its inception in the Indian market. Let us take a look at all the information we have on the upcoming updated model of Mahindra Thar.
The new model of Mahindra Thar will be bigger than before, as the spy pics have already hinted. This change in size is due to the new platform that the upcoming Thar will be based on a new platform that the company is developing. This could be the new platform that the subsidiary of the company Ssangyong already has. The new platform will also be seen on the upcoming Scorpio. Although the new platform will mean an upgrade in the cabin space in Thar, the off-road capabilities of the SUV might take a hit due to the new platform.
The upcoming new generation of Mahindra Thar will also comply with all the safety features that will come into force by the time it is launched in India. Not just the safety department, the features will also see a major upgrade as the new Thar may come with new steering wheel, new instrument cluster, a possible infotainment unit and climate control system, new work on the interiors, and retouched cabin parts all around.
A lot of users of the Thar go for a replacement of the soft-top version as soon as they get the SUV. Another major change that they incorporate in the SUV is front facing rear seats. Well, the prospective buyers can now rejoice that the upcoming Thar is rumored to offer both hard top and front facing rear seats as an option from the factory itself. This would rid the customers of extra hassle and expense of aftermarket modifications, and will also keep them in clear as far as the latest modification rules go.
By the time the new version of the Thar will hit the markets, new emission rules will be enforced in the country. Therefore, Mahindra is working on an all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine for the Thar and its other models that will comply with BS-VI emission norms and is rumored to produce outputs in the range of 120-140 Bhp. Not just the diesel version, but the brand may launch a petrol version of the SUV and a petrol-automatic version of the SUV as well. Seeing the number of lifestyle changes that the company is making to the SUV, don't be surprised if the new version of Thar is comfort oriented for the mass market.
Launch and Special Version
While we may have stated the comfort oriented nature of the SUV in works, but the company will also make sure to take care of its core group of Thar customers and may offer a more off-road oriented version of the Thar. This new version will take care of all the off-road compromises that the new platform will make. As far as the launch is concerned, seeing the frequency of testing and leaking of spyshots of the new generation Thar, one can safely assume that the company may display is at the Auto Expo in February 2020 and launch it in the months to come.