With advanced connectivity features and improved styling, the 2018 Mahindra Thar might see a minor price hike.
For 2018 Thar, Mahindra might use design resources from Pininfarina and SsangYong.
Mahindra Thar is an iconic off-roader, and 4×4 enthusiasts across India swear by it. Now, the good new is that Mahindra & Mahindra is working on the new-generation model of this popular utility vehicle. Speaking to Autocar, Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, has confirmed that next-generation Thar is under development. The new Mahindra Thar 2018 will surely be more feature-rich than the current one.
Ever since its launch in 2010, the Thar is admired by enthusiasts all over the country. This iconic 4X4 has been favoured for its robust body-built and excellent off-road capabilities. The company introduced a mid-life facelift of the vehicle in 2015. The facelifted model saw minor cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. Read: Mahindra Y400 7-Seater Premium SUV In The Works
The company has confirmed that it is working on the next-generation Thar. Though, it hasn’t yet revealed launch or other details of the vehicle. We expect it to arrive in India sometime next year.
With advanced connectivity features and improved styling, the 2018 Mahindra Thar price in India is likely to fall between Rs 6 lakh – Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). The current version of the vehicle comes within the range of Rs 5.93 lakh (2WD PS) – Rs 8.89 lakh (CRDe), ex-showroom Delhi. Check Out – A Complete List of Upcoming Mahindra Cars
Since the new-gen Thar is yet to enter in development phase, we have scanty design details. Though, Mahindra might use design resources from Pininfarina and SsangYong. Dr Goenka, said, “For every vehicle that Mahindra develops, we will seek three proposals for its design. One each from Ssangyong, Pininfarina and our team.”
Mahindra might introduce some advanced connectivity features on the 2018 Thar. The new-gen model could be loaded with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay feature, wireless mobile charging and memory seats, It might also see intelligent and assisted driving technologies. While features such as 2-DIN music system, air conditioner with heater, multi-directional AC vents, etc. will be carried over from the current model. Safety systems might also be top notch. Read – Mahindra U321 MPV – All You Need To Know
The new Thar might continue to export in global markets. That’s why, there is possibility Mahindra might introduce a new petrol engine on the vehicle along with one or more diesel variants. Mahindra and SsangYong are jointly working on a new 1.5-litre petrol engine that will also be used on Mahindra’s upcoming sub-compact SUV. However, no official confirmation have been made on the same. Currently, the vehicle comes with two diesel powertrains – a 2.6-litre MDI and a 2.5-litre TCI-CRDe – producing 63bhp with 183Nm and 105bhp with 247Nm respectively.
The new-generation Mahindra Thar might come with some advanced connectivity and safety features. The car might also receive a new 1.5-litre petrol engine, developed jointly by Mahindra and SsangYong.