This will be the first time that the Mahindra Thar will be equipped with a factory-fitted, removable hard-top.
Mahindra has started working on the next-generation Thar, Scorio and the XUV500. In fact, the company has commenced testing of the next-gen Thar and the Scorpio. The new-gen Mahindra Thar has already been spotted multiple times while testing on the Indian roads. In fact, the interior pictures of the SUV have also hit the Internet.
The new-gen Thar with the factory-fitted Hardtop has been spotted testing for the first time. This will be the first time that the Thar will be equipped with a factory-fitted, removable hard-top. The spotted model was equipped with a metal roof wrapped in black paint. Going by the spy images, it is visible that the new model is wider and bigger than the outgoing model.
It seems like Mahindra has taken the customers feedback seriously in the development of the next-gen Thar. Most of the Thar customers go for the aftermarket hardtops. The addition of the Hardtop will improve the practicality in different weather conditions like summer and rains. The SUV also gets the front facing rear seats in the hard top version. It is expected that Mahindra is targeting wide range of customers with the upcoming Thar.
The new-generation Mahindra Thar will be developed on the new GEN3 platform that also underpins the current Scorpio and the TUV300. This platform is stronger than the outgoing unit, but it could affect the off-road capabilities of the Thar. The upcoming model will be compliant with the upcoming safety and crash test norms. It will get driver side airbag, ABS with EBD, brake assist, rear parking sensors and others as standard.
The next-gen Mahindra Thar will also receive modern day features like automatic climate control, new multi-functional steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system and newly developed seats. Under the hood is a newly developed 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which will be compliant with BSVI emission norms. This engine is expected to produce around 140bhp of power. The new powertrain will also power the next-gen Scorpio and the XUV500 in different states of tunes.