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The next-gen Mahindra Thar has been spotted testing again in Indian roads . It is expected to be launched sometime in 2020, post the Bharat Stage VI (BS-6) norms kick-in. The new 2020 Mahindra Thar will get a host visual in order to comply with the upcoming safety and emission standards. The test mule which has been spotted is still heavily camouflaged so it is yet difficult to comment anything specific about its design as the production model is expected to look more updated

What we can understand from the pictures though, is that the 2020 Mahindra Thar will carry the Willys CJ5 inspired boxy silhouette, but the face will be similar to the present day Jeep Wrangler. Up front, it retains the iconic seven-slat grille and additionally gets classic round foglamps. Although we yet cannot see the indicators on this one, the production-spec units will get them mounted on the fenders. At the rear, the SUV comes with a full-size tailgate with a mounted spare wheel and large rear windshield. Overall, the new Thar also appears wider than the existing model

Previous spy pictures have also given us an Idea of the changes made to its cabin. The new 2020 Mahindra Thar comes with an all-new black dashboard, which has a place for the touchscreen display. The position of the round central air-con vents is the same and now get glossy black treatment. The dials below suggest an automatic climate control may be on offer as well as. The 2020 Thar also gets a new steering wheel with buttons for audio and telephony controls along with a brand-new instrument cluster which now also comes with a MID (Multi Information Display) unit. The cabin will also get new seats with improved fabric upholstery, while at the rear it gets side-facing bench seats, which looks little more premium compared to the outgoing model. We expect the 2020 Mahindra Thar to get the BS 6 compliant engine version of Mahindra’s 2.2-litre mHawk engine and not to mention, it will get the 4×4 Low (L) and High (H) function as standard.

mahindra thar spotted testing

nother new set of spy photos have arrived of the upcoming second-generation Mahinda Thar off-roader. The Thar in these pictures seems to be closer to production than the test mules we’ve been spotting earlier.

The front fascia carries forward the Jeep CJ derived look from the present car, complete with the 7-slat grille and with a slight roundedness. But the wider track and protruding wheel arches are more purposeful. There also seems to be a more advanced suspension set-up. It is expected to carry forward the retro Jeep CJ inspired styling of the current car but with many of the rough edges smoothed out.

The spare wheel also continues to be rear-mounted and the rear door will side-hinged. These images also show that the new Thar will be significantly larger than the current car. It seems much wider too. The off-roader could sit on a redeveloped version of the ladder-frame chassis from the upcoming Scorpio or even a RWD version of the more advanced modular structure from the Marazzo.

The new off-roader will also be powered by a new motor, given that the current mill is unlikely to pass upcoming emission norms. This could be a version of the new 2.0-litre diesel that Mahindra is working on for the upcoming second-gen XUV500, but most likely detuned here. A new 6-speed transmission, four-wheel drive and a low range gearbox will also be available. The interior will most likely be updated to provide more creature comforts and be less utilitarian than the current car.

The new generation Mahindra

Thar could make its debut at the 2020 Auto Expo just in time before the new regulations come into force by April 2020. The Thar has somewhat of a cult following in the country and no real competition other than the Force Gurkha.

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