Mahindra has released a video of its new Thar undergoing testing, with the second-generation body-on-frame model displaying its chops off-road.
The three-minute clip shows the new Thar heading off the beaten track near Chennai in India.
As a reminder, the second-gen Thar arrives some ten years after the original, having grown slightly compared with its forebear (overall length has increased from 3 920 mm to 3 985 mm).
Engine options include a box-fresh 2,0-litre mStallion TGDi petrol engine or the firm’s familiar 2,2-litre mHawk turbodiesel unit. The turbocharged petrol unit makes 112 kW and 320 N.m, while the oil-burner offers 97 kW and 320 N.m. Transmission options are a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed torque converter automatic cog-swapper (both with a 4x4 manual shift transfer case with a low ratio).
Mahindra says the Thar has gained an “all-new” (independent front and multi-link rear) suspension setup, offering “class-leading” approach, departure and ramp-over angles of 41,8 degrees, 36,8 degrees and 27 degrees, respectively. Ground clearance comes in at 226 mm, while wading depth is rated at 650 mm. The off-roader furthermore features a mechanical locking differential on the rear axle as well as a brake locking differential.
Safety features include an electronic stability programme (with rollover mitigation), a built-in roll-cage, three-point seatbelts, dual airbags, ABS, a hill-hold function, hill descent control, Isofix child-seat anchors and rear parking sensors.
Mahindra South Africa has yet to announce when it plans to launch the new Thar locally.
Watch the video below…
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