Updated On: 7 May 2020 Jatin Jhamb
We have often seen modified versions of the Mahindra Thar with aftermarket headlights, hardtop roof and what not. It is because the previous-gen Thar failed to provide even the basic necessities. However, this all will be changed once the new model arrives as it packs new engines and features.
Coming to this modified Mahindra Thar then it produces as much as 140 bhp. Yes, that's identical like the new-gen Thar which will launch soon. This is a 2.5-litre CRDe turbocharged diesel engine with a peak torque of 325 Nm. It gets a performance upgrade under the hood with Stage Code6 tuning remap.
Next in line is the BMC Intake filter with a working off-road snorkel. The height of the SUV is increased as it sees a 5-inch lift kit and Profender 4x4 suspension set up. The SUV also gets a custom fit hardtop, daybreak front bumper and fenders and the bonnet scoop. It simply raises the aesthetic level of the Thar.
At the front, it gets an aftermarket projector headlight set up along with angry bird style front grille. It sure looks mean, eh? The rear taillights are inspired from the Jeep Wrangler. The rim size measures 16-inch while it gets wrapped in 31-inches Maxxis Mudzilla Rubber. To further illuminate the road ahead, notice the 53-inch LED light bar which sits at the top end of the front windshield.
This generation of Mahindra Thar was discontinued in 2019 as it couldn't meet the updated safety norms. As a tribute to Thar, Mahindra introduced a special edition of Thar which were limited to 700 units only. They came in two colour options - Napoli Black and Aquamarine.
This one came with Antilock braking system (ABS) which was a first in Thar. And the stock 2.5L CRDe diesel used to make 105 bhp with a peak torque of 250 Nm. It was in 2018 when the facelift of Thar was introduced which came in with differential locks at the rear axle. The latter helps in covering off-roading distances quite easily.
Sharing details about the new-gen Thar which is expected to hit the Indian markets post lockdown and it sits on an all-new chassis. And will ditch the 2.5L diesel for a more refined 2.0L or a 2.2L diesel engine. With that, the power delivery is expected to touch close to 140 bhp which will be a great jump from before.
The interiors of the SUV too will be altered and will come with the latest creature comforts which will make the money worth spending. New dashboard design with updated MID display and features like auto AC, power windows, factory-fitted hardtop, alloy wheels with disc brakes on all four wheels and among others.
In addition to the convenience features, the next-gen Thar will also see an addition of safety features throughout. And the pricing will see an increase too. Once launched, it will compete with rivals like Force Gurkha (which also sees a new design) and a more expensive unit like Isuzu D Max V-Cross pick up truck.