Next-Gen Mahindra Thar Hardtop to finally get front facing rear seats
The 2020 Mahindra Thar hardtop has been spied testing yet again, reaffirming that it will be a factory fitment rather than an accessory this time around. While this is not the first set of spy shots unveiling the interior, these are the first to reveal the second row of seats on the hardtop version. As expected, the new Thar comes with front facing second row seats unlike the current model, which is equipped with side facing rear seats. It is yet to be confirmed if Mahindra will offer a similar setup in the soft top Thar as well.
Since the rear seats of the new Thar features proper contours with adjustable headrest and three point seat belts, the new SUV appears to be a proper four seater instead of a five seater. Without a doubt, front facing seats are much more comfortable compared to side facing seats and safer as well. The Thar spied testing features an all-black upholstery with contrasting stitching.
The cabin layout of the new Thar has been redesigned. The central console features a spot at the top for an infotainment system and a set of circular AC vents as well as controls below them. The central tunnel is now positioned much higher than the outgoing model, which should make the cabin more ergonomic than before.
The new Thar borrows its steering wheel from the TUV300 and features controls for the music system on the left spoke. The right spoke doesn’t feature any controls. Unlike its predecessor, the new Thar will also feature power windows as the controls are visible on the central tunnel just behind the gear lever. The instrument cluster appears premium with a large MID (multi-info display) flanked by twin dials. Safety features like dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, high speed alert system and driver and co-driver seat belt reminder should be standard in the new Thar to help it comply with new safety regulations.
Under the hood, the second-gen Thar is expected to get a new 2.0-litre BS6 diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. It is likely to be offered with an automatic option too. It will continue to get a 4WD option with a low-range gearbox.
Mahindra is expected to debut the new-gen Thar at the 2020 Auto Expo. Expect it to be priced at a premium over the current SUV, which is currently priced from Rs 9.59 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).