2020 Mahindra Thar

2020 Mahindra Thar Overview: The Off-Road King

The Mahindra Thar is a legacy that has left its mark in India, carving a niche for itself in the Indian off-road enthusiast scene. For off-road enthusiasts, the new 2020 Mahindra Thar is the epitome of an outdoor lifestyle vehicle. A lot has improved in the new Mahindra Thar that makes it more comfortable for the times you are not off on an adventure. We take an in-depth overview of the new 2020 Mahindra Thar to see just how capable this new 4×4 SUV is.

New Mahindra Thar Exteriors

The Mahindra Thar is known for its rugged and utilitarian design. With the new Mahindra Thar, Mahindra has evolved the design to make their new SUV more contemporary than the outgoing model. Be it design, chassis, transmission or the cabin, everything on board the Mahindra Thar 2020 is new. The proportions are now wide while the edges have been subtly softened to keep the new Mahindra Thar in line with the classic look of the original. While comparisons between the Mahindra Thar and the Jeep Wrangler are unavoidable, there are plenty of design accents to clearly distinguish the Indian off-road beat from the American.

The tubular ladder chassis of the previous generation is done away in favour of Mahindra’s new stiffer and lighter ladder-frame chassis. In terms of style, the new Mahindra Thar’s front is what will catch your eye. The 6 slat blackened grille exhibits a caged look that complements the wider fenders and halogen headlamps. Even the bonnet latches have been improved for a posher feel and easier operation. In profile one can spot the massive 226mm of ground clearance and short overhangs. The tail-mounted spare tyre takes centre stage at the rear, flanked by modern LED tail lights. The rear door opens in a two-stage manner that makes it more convenient to operate.

New Mahindra Thar Exterior Features

  • Evolutionary Design
  • Fender integrated DRLs
  • ‘Hydroformed’ ladder frame chassis
  • 226 mm Ground Clearance
  • 18-inch tyres with steel or alloy rims

New Mahindra Thar Interiors

With the evolutionary Thar 2020, barebones interiors of the previous generation are now a thing of the past. Replacing it is an interior that has been designed with an outdoor lifestyle in mind. In fact, Mahindra even says that you can hose down the cabin thanks to removable drain plugs and a ‘drizzle resistant’ touchscreen display. Build quality in the new Thar 2020 is significantly improved over the previous generation Mahindra Thar.

There are several small but significant additions in the interior that show that a lot of thought has gone into making the new Mahindra Thar ergonomic. The switchgear is IP54 dustproof and waterproof which is a boon for electric components. The power window buttons are placed on the centre stack since doors are entirely removable. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system provides a host of connected tech features, navigation and much more. The new multi-function steering wheel has audio, Bluetooth and Cruise control buttons and feels good to use with its chunky yet stylish design.

The front seats are well-built with good lumbar support and quite a lot of head and leg room. Getting into the second row is slightly tougher due to the shorter door opening. However, once seated the rear has enough space for two adults. The new Mahindra Thar is available with a hardtop that makes it feel like a regular car, or a removable soft-top for those off-roading adventures.

New Mahindra Thar Interior Features

  • 7 Inch drizzle resistant touchscreen infotainment system
  • IP54 dust and water resistant switchgear
  • Cruise control 
  • Choice of soft or hard tops
  • Durable and high quality interiors 

New Mahindra Thar Engine, Performance and Safety

The new 2020 Mahindra Thar SUV performs just as well as it looks. In its 2020 Avatar, Mahindra has chosen the Thar to debut the company’s state-of-the-art all aluminum engines that will also power future Mahindras, like the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio. Talking about the 2020 Thar’s specifications, the SUV gets a choice between a BS6 2.0-litre mStallion TGDI turbo petrol engine and a BS6 2.2-litre mHAWK diesel engine. The transmission and power figures for the same are given below:






2.0-litre turbo petrol engine

150 PS

300 Nm

6-speed manual

15.2 kmpl

320 Nm

6-speed automatic

2.0-litre turbo diesel engine

130 PS

300 Nm

6-speed manual

16.55 kmpl

6-speed automatic

Additionally, the Thar 2020 is also offered with a 4×4 transmission that is available with both the Mahindra Thar Petrol and the Mahindra Thar Diesel in both the manual as well as automatic transmissions. The 4×4 is the most suited setting for those who live for off-roading.

  • Frame Integrated Build In Roll Cage
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Roll Over Mitigation
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Hold Control
  • Dual front airbags
  • ABS with EBD

New Mahindra Thar 4×4 Driving Modes

The 4×4 capability of the new Mahindra Thar has been improved greatly. To enhance your adventure cruising, the Thar also gets a mechanical locking differential on the rear axle along with brake locking differential. With an approach angle of 41.8 degrees, departure angle of 36.8 degrees, ramp over angle of 27 degrees angles and water wading depth of 650 mm, the Mahindra Thar is a treat for those who love adventure. And that’s not all, the Mahindra Thar 2020 is also equipped with capable driving modes as explained below.

  • 2H Mode: The perfect mode for hard surfaces and city cruising. The 2H mode focuses power to the rear wheels, making the 4×4 Mahindra Thar a capable 2WD SUV.
  • 4H Mode: A mode that can take on slippery and loose roads where traction becomes crucial. In the 4H mode, power is sent to both the front and rear wheels, invoking the true 4×4 potentials of the Mahindra Thar.
  • 4L Mode: The 4L mode is what makes the Mahindra Thar 2020, the off-roader it is. With the 4L mode, the vehicle can take on any terrain like a boss, with the ESP deactivated. The mode is activated by setting the Thar in neutral gear and then pressing the 4×4 lever down to select the 4L mode. 

A capable 4×4 and a well performing 2WD, the Mahindra Thar’s ride and handling makes maneuvering the Thar incredibly easy. The power steering is light at low speeds and picks up some weight as the vehicle gains momentum. The large and wide tyres offer enough grip and stability. The enhanced suspension setup makes potholes feel less bumpy. And while you are off-roading, the Thar also gets a roll-bar, just in case things go south.

The Final Verdict

With a constant rise in sales volumes for the SUV segment, the SUV market has registered its largest growth in recent years. As Mahindra’s veteran all-rounder SUV, the Mahindra Thar seems to be a well-built competitor which has garnered a cult following in its 10 years of glorious legacy. Being a vehicle that now offers a lot in its package, the new Mahindra Thar has managed to stand out from its rivals. No matter which variant of the Mahindra Thar you pick up, each variant delivers a whole new level of tough and sturdy chassis, coupled with an impressive engine line up, classy interiors and a capable transmission options. 

New Mahindra Thar Variants & Ex-Showroom Price

The new Thar 2020 variants– the AX and LX, are built keeping in mind the different expectations from the vehicle. The AX is focused towards the off-road souls and comes with a fixed soft top, side-facing rear seats, 16-inch white steel wheels, a mechanical locking differential, power windows, power steering, a manual air-con, central locking and rear parking sensors. The AX however will get both engine options, but will only be available with a manual gearbox.

2020 Mahindra Thar Variants


Fuel Type

Price (Soft Top)

Price (Hard Top)

Mahindra Thar

AX Optional







Mahindra Thar










Diesel Automatic



The Mahindra THAR has always been competitively priced to match the SUV segment trend, and to face competitors like the Toyota Urban Cruiser, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonnet, Honda WRV, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford Ecosport., etc. With 14 Mahindra Thar Variants and 7 good looking colours to choose from. With a starting price of ₹9.80 lakhs going all the way up to ₹13.75 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the Mahindra Thar is surely an SUV that is made to impress.

Used Mahindra Thar Price

Amongst some of the most well demanded vehicles in the pre-owned market, one thing that makes the Thar a popular choice in the pre-owned vehicle industry is its off-road capabilities, ruggedly handsome looks and its cult following. Driving home pre-owned Mahindra Thar will make you feel the showroom rush, thanks to its promising package and durable fit and finish. In terms of pricing, the pre-facelift Mahindra Thar can be brought home for an average price of ₹8.5 to 10 Lakhs.

Used Mahindra Thar Price on Spinny


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Key Takeaways

Whether you buy a brand new Mahindra Thar or a pre-owned one, the Mahindra Thar remains an undisputed choice for a lifestyle off-roader. The 4×4 capabilities are second-to-none and the new Mahindra Thar offers even more with its capable driving modes and option for automatic transmission as well.

To summarize, the new Mahindra Thar is a complete package that offers Mahindra’s super successful SUV platform, refreshing interiors, rough-and-tough ride quality and a refined and efficient engine that is capable of taking on any road. And with Mahindra’s nationwide sales and service network, you can be assured of a peaceful after sales experience.

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