Mahindra Thar spied testing again; to get 2.2 MHawk engine and Mlocker from Eaton

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One vehicle that first comes to my mind when I think of off-roading is the Mahindra Thar. The Indian bred automaker is getting ready to launch the updated Thar. The SUV has been spotted testing numerous times, which proves that Mahindra is thoroughly testing the Thar before it hits the showrooms.

Reports suggest that the updates to the exteriors would be significant with the incorporation of a new bumper and a hard top (though the spy image photograph is a soft-top). The hard top version will be offered by Mahindra as an option. The rear end has also been tweaked to give it a new look. The interiors have been freshened up with elements of grey and beige, which is a welcome change from the very basic interiors that the current version of the Thar has. This only shows that Mahindra has taken customer feedback seriously!

The good things don’t just end here. The steering wheel and meter dials have also been altered to give the interiors a more modern look. There are chances Mahindra will use the same steering wheel used in the Bolero. Digital elements can also be expected in the speedometer. The new Thar will also feature cup holders to make the cabin more passengers friendly.

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The best part will be the changes under the hood which will surely make the off-road enthusiasts happy. The new Mahindra Thar will get a major engine upgrade with power coming from the grunty 2.2 litre MHawk engine from the Scorpio. We`re not sure of the power figures this engine will be producing as the same engine is used in different Mahindra vehicles in varied states of tune. Expect the gear ratios to be revised with an increase in performance which would help in better off-roading capabilities and a punchy top end for those long highway trips. As per sources the new Thar was comfortably doing triple digit speeds when the pictures were taken.

What`s more important and needs a mention here is the Mlocker from Eaten which the updated Thar gets. What the Mlocker does is it provides more grip (traction) while travelling on mud, gravel, rocks, dirt, ice and wet conditions without the need to press separate buttons for different road conditions. As soon as the Mlocker system detects that the terrain requires decreased traction, normal operation is resumed.

All these changes definitely mean that the 2015 Mahindra Thar will be pricier than the current model. We expect the updated Mahindra Thar to be launched in the next couple of months.