The upcoming 2020 Mahindra Thar, which is expected to make global debut at the Auto Expo 2020 in New Delhi, seems to be ready for final stages of road-testing. The next-generation off-roader was recently spotted in the country with new features like a set of alloy wheels and LED tail lamps. The 2020 Mahindra Thar also seems to be bigger, more feature-packed than its predecessor. The upcoming SUV is likely to arrive with a Bharat Stage VI (BS6) compliant engine.
Spy shots of the new Thar show the next-gen SUV in complete camouflage.
However, the test car was equipped with something that wasn't there in the second-generation Thar - alloy wheels. According to the Autocar India, the test mule has an 18-inch alloy shod paired with 285/65 R18 MRF tyres.
The second-gen SUV also looks quite a bit bigger, in terms of length and width, than the current generation SUV. The upcoming 2020 SUV now features panels all around the body, which means a few panel gaps, along with improved doors to help reduce outside noise inside the cabin. The new Thar is likely to come with a factory-fitted hardtop along with a removable roof panel.
The 2020 Mahindra Thar also gets a higher front bumper with integrated fog lamps, fender-mounted turn indicators and round headlamps. The new Thar's rear is likely to get a side-opening boot door with exposed hinges and a spare tyre mount. The new Thar also gets a newly designed LED tail-lights, rear fog lamps and reflectors.
On the inside, the upcoming SUV gets a new dashboard, with some cosmetic bits - steering wheel, gear knob, seats, and HVAC controls - similar to Mahindra Scorpio and TUV300.
The new Thar will come with a BS6-compliant 2.2-litre diesel engine which churns out 140hp. There are some rumours that Mahindra could offer the Thar with a petrol engine for the first time. The petrol unit is likely to be the same 2.2-litre engine as on the XUV500.