New Mahindra Thar Unveil Highlights: Engine, features, interior, expected price, launch date

Mahindra Thar 2020 model unveiled today: The new Thar now packs modern features like a touchscreen infotainment system and a modern styling. But even so, it retains the age-old Thar appeal. Find out more here.

By: | Updated: August 16, 2020 6:29:44 pm

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New Mahindra Thar Unveil Highlights: The day has arrived. We’re now looking at the production version of one of the most adored off-roaders in India, the new Mahindra Thar. The Thar has been around for a long time but with changing times, it has now been upgraded to cleaner engines, better comfort and touchscreen infotainment systems have become a must these days. The older version has not been on sale due to emission norms but now, the Thar will have a whole new BS6 engine line up, while also boasting larger dimensions, a more sophisticated cabin and modern styling. It will be available in two series and in several colour options. Mahindra has also revealed the launch date for the new Thar.

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    13:02 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    New 2020 Mahindra Thar overview

    The new 2020 Mahindra Thar has been completely revamped compared to the previous model with a new design and styling while also retaining the original characteristics. It will come with two engine options - a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual and a six-speed torque converter automatic, along with a 4X4 transfer box as standard across trims.

    The cabin of the new Thar has been completely redone as well with improved seats with washable upholstery, a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, TFT colour instrument cluster, roof-mounted speakers, steering wheel-mounted controls for audio/phone and cruise control and a lot more. The Thar will come in six colour options. Expect a starting price of about Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). Mahindra will launch the SUV on 2 October 2020 when bookings will also be opened. We are driving the new Thar today, so a first drive review will be up soon. Thank you for joining us.

    12:34 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    New Mahindra Thar colour options

    The new Mahindra Thar will come in six colour options - Red Rage, Mystic Copper, Galaxy Grey, Napoli Black, Rocky Beige, and Aquamarine.

    12:24 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Mahindra Thar variants

    The new Thar will broadly come in two trims - AX series and LX series. The AX (adventure series) will be meant more for off-road usage and the LX (lifestyle series) will be more for city usage.

    12:18 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Mahindra Thar safety features

    In terms of safety, the new Mahindra Thar will come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP with rollover mitigation, hill hold, hill descent control, built-in roll cage, three-point seatbelts, ISOFIX mounts on the rear seats.

    12:12 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    New Mahindra Thar interior

    The new Thar has had its cabin completely redone with now more plush seats with improved height & lumbar support and a 50:50 split setup for the rear seats. The upholstery is washable. It gets roof-mounted speakers and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with weather-resistant buttons. The system includes a first-in-class 'adventure stats' with details like G-monitor, compass, wheel angle, torque, etc. The instrument cluster is also all-new with a TFT colour display. The steering has mounted controls for audio and cruise control.

    12:05 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    Water wading

    The unladen ground clearance of the 2020 Mahindra Thar is 226 mm and it can wade water as deep as 650 mm with an aggressive approach and departure angle. In terms of safety, the new Thar features ESP, hill hold, hill descent control, airbags, ISOFIX, etc.

    12:02 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    Chassis and suspension

    The new Thar is based on the third-generation chassis for greater torsional rigidity and gets independent front suspension and multilink rear suspension. It gets brake locking differential up front and mechanical locking differential on the rear axle. The Thar rides on new 255/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.

    11:57 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    New Thar engine and gearbox

    The new Mahindra Thar engine options include an all-new 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine that makes 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque and a Mahindra's mHawk diesel engine that 130 hp and 320 Nm of torque. It gets a six-speed manual transmission and optional six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The Thar will also boast a manual 4X4 transfer car as standard across all variants.

    11:47 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    Mahindra Thar launch date

    The new 2020 Mahindra Thar will be launched in India on 2 October 2020 which is Mahindra Founder's Day when the brand is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

    11:44 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Thar cabin

    The cabin has been designed with retro-modern design inspiration. The upholstery is washable, there are hints of chrome at places. The highlight of the cabin is the touchscreen infotainment system with real-time 'adventure statistics' like pitch, roll, power, etc.

    11:37 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Mahindra Thar unveiled

    The tyres have been upsized, wheelbase has been increased, higher ground clearance, the hood has been raised for better pedestrian protection. While the front grille has been redesigned but retain the original appeal.

    11:29 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    Thar AX

    11:21 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    New engine

    Dr Pawan Goenka, President, Mahindra & Mahindra, states that the new 2020 Mahindra Thar will come with engine options that include a new 2.2-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol. It will come with a soft-top convertible version as well.

    11:17 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Mahindra Thar unveil LIVE webcast

    The unveiling of the all-new 2020 Mahindra Thar is now underway. Catch all the action below:

    10:35 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    New Mahindra Thar launch

    While the 2020 Mahindra Thar's launch has been delayed by some months due to the pandemic, the manufacturer will be launching it within this year. Once launched, it would compete with the new Force Gurkha and later on with the Suzuki Jimny if it makes its way here by next year.

    10:00 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    New Mahindra Thar design details

    It is likely that the car will come with all-LED headlamps, projector foglights, black alloys, and options of hard or soft-top. The grille will have the familiar vertical slats. The cabin will be all-new with a touchscreen infotainment system, possibly climate control, new circular air vents, and more.

    09:52 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Thar platform

    The new Mahindra Thar uses a Noveaue platform. This platform could be shared with the other cars in the future from Mahindra. The new Mahindra Thar in the meanwhile now looks more like the bigger and costlier Jeep Wrangler. 

    09:50 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Thar safety

    In compliance with the latest safety norms mandated by the government, the Thar will come equipped with ABS, airbags, rear parking sensors, speed alert, and pedestrian crash norm compliant panels at the front of the vehicle.

    09:49 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Thar so far

    The Mahindra Thar test mule we've seen so far rode on new five-spoke alloy wheels. And it has been confirmed earlier that the Thar will come with the option of a factory-fitted soft or hard top roof. Pictures that surfaced online earlier suggest the Thar will get an all-new dashboard with a touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted controls, and a brand new instrument cluster with a digital MID. 

    09:48 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Mahindra Thar engine

    The new Thar is likely to come powered by a 2.2-litre BS6 diesel engine that puts out 140 hp and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. There are also talks of an automatic transmission option that would likely join the line up later on. The other option for the engine could be a new mStallion 2.0-litre petrol unit.

    09:47 (IST)15 Aug 2020
    2020 Thar design

    While the Thar is expected to look much more modern than the previous model, it will retain its original appeal which quite frankly has been incredibly popular. While the Thar may stick to its roots when it comes to design, it will in fact be an all-new vehicle from ground up with its new chassis and body panels.