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The previous generation Mahindra Thar has always been a great off-road SUV. It could get out of most sticky situations while going off the road. However, in terms of the creature comfort, features and design, the approach was very basic.
Comparing the previous models to the new Thar, it has come leaps and bounce on all factors that were considered basic in the previous-gen models. Be it the exterior design, interior design and features, all of them are in tune with the current times and latest technologies.
While the features and design look more appealing on the 2020 Thar, does it retain the core value of the SUV, which is being an excellent off-road SUV? The question has been answered in a video that was posted by the company.
The video showcased the new-gen Thar's enhanced off-road prowess over the previous-gen models. Mahindra has used its own test track, which consists, steep climbs, sharp decline, rough terrain, waterlogged areas and a lot of mud. It also has a patch of tarmac to test on-road conditions.
The new SUV features a couple of new electronic driver assistance systems to help you tackle the rough terrain. Before we move further with the video, it can be noted that SUV is offered with a shift-on-fly four-wheel-drive system with low ratio gearbox and locking differentials as standard.
The video starts with the new Thar on the tarmac and starting over a wet patch to reveal its Brake Lock Differential feature, which will move even with only three of the four wheels moving. The SUV moves to a slalom course to showcase its improved advanced roll-over mitigation feature.
Then the video talks about the two engine options that are offered on the SUV while still being on the tarmac. This includes a 2.0-litre T-GDi mStallion petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel unit. The petrol unit produces 150bhp and 320Nm of peak torque while the diesel engine churns out 130bhp and 300Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
The SUV brakes on the skidpans of the test track to highlight the improved ABS and Electronic Stability Control system of the SUV. The video continues with the Thar going from tarmac to the off-road section of the test track.
It first climbs down a steep hill which reveals the improved approach, departure and break-over angles. These are rated at 41.8 degrees 36.8 degrees and 27 degrees, respectively on the 2020 Thar.
From there the SUV moves to a waterlogged area of the test track to showcase its 650mm wading capacity without the use of a snorkel. It exits the waterlogged area and enters a huge proving ground filled with loose sand and dirt.
As seen in the video, the Thar is just toying around the terrain, which is otherwise a rough patch for normal vehicles. The SUV is doing power slides and kicks up the dust and in the mist, it also gets some air while going at great speed over a steep crest. This showcases the SUV's new third-gen chassis, which is now sturdier and lighter.
The SUV enters an obstacle course to reveal the improved suspension setup and the differential lock heling the SUV move forward despite having a wheel up in the air. Those were some killer moves from the Thar! The section also highlights the SUV's ground clearance, which is rated at 226mm.
For the finale, the SUV climbs over a steep hill that reveals the Thar's Hill Hold and Hill Descent electronic diver assistance systems. Also, the Gradeability or the incline angle is rated at 31 degrees for the new Thar.
Although the new-gen SUV features improved creature comforts that appeal to a wider audience, it has lost none of its ability to off-road. As a result, it has been well-received by the entire community fans and including the company's boss Mr Anand Mahindra — here are his views about the new Thar.
Thoughts About The 2020 Mahindra Thar Off-road Capabilities Showcased In The Video
Mahindra has left no stone unturned with the new Thar off-road SUV. The company has managed to pull off a winner as the new-gen SUV offers enhanced creature comforts with a host of features, yet retain its iconic design and most of all its go-anywhere attitude. Mahindra announced that it will launch the 2020 Thar on October 2, 2020.