- A new ladder-on-frame chassis will underpin the new Thar.
- The next-gen Mahindra Thar will employ a new BS-VI compliant 2.0L diesel motor.
- It is likely to be launched towards the end of 2019.
The next-generation Mahindra Thar was spotted testing in India with a BS-VI compliant engine. The off-roader is set for an Indian launch towards the end of this year or early next year. The design is an evolution of the current-gen model, and in-line with the classic styling of the Willys Jeep.
The new generation Mahindra Thar will reportedly sit on a new ladder-on-frame platform that has been developed to comply with the latest safety norms. The new Thar is likely to be broader and taller than the outgoing model. The SUV will also feature updated interiors with a new dashboard layout, a three-spoke steering wheel and comfier seats.
It will also sport the signature seven-slot grille and the circular headlamps that are placed wider apart from each other. The new Thar will have a flatter bonnet, and in order to comply with the pedestrian safety regulations, it will come with a fibre/plastic bumper. And for the first time, the new Mahindra Thar will come with a factory-fitted hard-top roof, in addition to a soft-top canopy.
Under the hood, the long-standing 2.5-litre CRDe diesel motor will reportedly be replaced by a new 2.0-litre four-pot BS-VI compliant oil burner that is likely to generate 140bhp of maximum power and around 300Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a low-ratio gearbox along with a 4x4 drive-train.