NEW DELHI: It took a while but Mahindra’s Thar is roaring again, unveiled on August 15, the second generation boasts several changes that have got many talking about the true off-roader.
The new-BS6 compliant Thar boasts several changes that would increase the off-roading experience. From multiple roof-top options to a new engine, Mahindra has gone big on flexibility and comfort. The booking for the new Thar will open on October 2. Here is the list of changes you would witness in new Thar:

05:362020 Mahindra Thar: The lion roars, again

2020 Mahindra Thar: The lion roars, again

Dimensionally bigger:
The new Thar is dimensionally bigger than the model it replaces. Thar stands at 3,920 mm, however, the increase in width at 1726 mm (+86 mm) has generated greater space inside the cabin. The height of the new Thar is 1930 mm while the BS4 model measured 1904mm.cThe Thar sits on chunkier R18 (255/65) tyres. Thar’s wheelbase was increased for easier ingress and egress. Mahindra has used third-generation chassis for Thar.

The horizontal hood was raised to meet pedestrian safety. Thar features unique wheel arches – trapezoidal at the front and circular at the rear. Faux skid plates are added to both ends to break the design monotony.

New engines:
Mahindra has introduced two new BS6-compliant engines with the second-gen Thar. The two engine options- 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine and the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine – come with a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The petrol engine puts out 152 PS of power and offers a peak torque of 320 Nm. The diesel engine can put out 131 PS of power and offer a peak torque of 300 Nm. Thar, undoubtedly, is an all-terrain champion with standard 4×4 powertrain.

Go as you like:
Mahindra has introduced the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) in the new Thar. ESP is a computer program to improve a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing the loss of traction, thus preventing the tires from skidding uncontrollably. The driver can toggle through the statisics on the new 17.8 cm touchscreen infotainment system.
New Mahindra Thar among other safety measures boasts this as well. This also means that the new Thar will come with several drive modes depending upon the road quality and rigidity.
Brand new interior:
Mahindra Thar comes with washable interiors to make the off-roading experiences more carefree. Inside the cabin, the all-new Thar flaunts a retro-modern look with an all-new dashboard, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, multi-colored TFT MID in the instrument cluster, all-new roof-mounted speakers and steering mounted controls.
The new Mahindra Thar’s infotainment system comes with a very unique feature. The 7-inch touchscreen displays the real-time stats of the vehicle for both on-road and off-road drive

The flexible Thar:
The new Thar will be offered in three rooftop options: Composite hardtop, convertible soft top, and fixed soft top. Hardtops do not have flexible material construction. Instead, they are made entirely out of composites or metal and are typically smaller in surface area than a soft top.
Meanwhile, convertible soft top for the new Thar means a rooftop that is retractable and can be folded down or removed either partially or in its entirety.
The Mahindra Thar will be available in two variants- AX (adventure variant) and LX- (lifestyle variant).
Standard safety features include ABS with EBD, dual airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation, hill-hold and hill descent control.
The Thar’s only natural rivals will be the upcoming facelift Force Gurkha and Maruti Jimny.
Mahindra Thar’s variant-wise pricing and related details will be revealed on October 2 but we expect that it would cost between Rs 9.49 lakh -Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom).