Meet new Thar this In­de­pen­dence Day

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MAHIN­DRA WILL un­veil the new Thar on Au­gust 15. One of the most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated SUVs of the year, the Thar is ex­pected to de­but with a plethora of ex­te­rior and in­te­rior up­dates. The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion might as well have mul­ti­ple BS6-com­pli­ant pow­er­train op­tions. The SUV has been spied test­ing on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions in In­dia, and it has be­come quite clear from the spy shots that the new model has re­tained its leg­endary rugged de­sign, de­spite sev­eral fresh bells and whis­tles be­ing added to it. In pro­por­tion, the

Thar looks larger than its pre­de­ces­sor, but con­tin­ues to sport the Jeep CJ-5-in­spired front fas­cia with a seven-slat grille. There are round head­lamps like be­fore, but we might see LED DRLs now.

The Thar will come with a more pre­mium cabin hav­ing fea­tures like multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel, in­stru­ment panel with MID and touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, along with power win­dows and front-fac­ing sec­ond row. It will have stan­dard safety fea­tures like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt re­minder, re­verse park­ing as­sist and high­speed alert.

The new Thar might get petrol as well as diesel engines, all of them be­ing BS6­com­pli­ant. We ex­pect the Thar to come with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol mo­tor from the au­tomaker’s new mS­tal­lion range. The diesel op­tion might be in the form of a 140bhp, 2.2litre mHawk turbo pow­er­train, with a stan­dard 6-speed man­ual gear­box ex­pected with both the mills. An au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is also ex­pected.

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