Mahindra Thar diesel-automatic spied on test

    Recently confirmed Thar diesel-automatic will launch later this year.

    Published On Jun 20, 2020 08:00:00 AM


    Mahindra Thar diesel-automatic spied on test

    • New Thar diesel-auto has been spotted for the first time
    • New Thar will get Mahindra’s 2.2-litre diesel as well as a petrol engine.
    • Automatic gearbox will be a 6-speed torque converter unit by Aisin

    Mahindra has been rigorously testing the new Thar and the 4x4 version was spotted earlier. Now spy pictures reveal that a test mule of the diesel-automatic variant has been spotted for the first time.

    As we had reported earlier, Mahindra has confirmed an automatic gearbox option for the new Thar in a bid to widen its appeal. And the shot of the gear lever tells us this is the automatic-equipped version of the Thar.

    New Thar engines and gearboxes

    The new Thar will be powered by a BS6-compliant version of Mahindra’s 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which puts out around 140hp. The automatic option will be a 6-speed Aisin-sourced torque converter unit, while 6-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard.

    The new Thar will also come with a new 2.0-litre petrol unit from Mahindra's mStallion engine family, and it features direct injection as well as turbocharging. Gearbox options for the petrol will likely include 6-speed manuals and automatics. A four-wheel-drive system will be available with both engines.    

    New Thar exterior and interior details

    In order to attract a wider audience, the new-gen Thar will feature more creature comforts than its predecessor. On the outside, the Thar SUV is likely to get 18-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights and power-folding mirrors. A factory-fitted, removable hard-top is also expected. Getting in, expect top-spec trims to feature a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a colour multi-info display in the instrument cluster, a rear parking camera and multiple USB ports. Standard safety kit will include dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors.

    Launch and rivals

    Mahindra is expected to launch the new-generation Thar by September-October 2020. In terms of rivals, the new Thar will face competition from the revamped Force Gurkha and the upcoming 5-door Suzuki Jimny.


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    Mahindra introduces new finance schemes

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