Mahindra Thar fans and off-road enthusiasts have a reason to cheer as Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra today confirmed that the utility vehicle main is working on the next-generation Thar. The Thar has been a striking option for buyers looking for a functional four – wheel – drive with real off-roading proficiencies for several years. The vehicle, which was launched in 2010, was given a mid-life facelift in 2015. Interestingly, the next-generation Thar could be styled globally with Mahindra tapping into design expertise of its acquisitions such as Ssangyong and Pininfarina apart from the company’s own design team. “For every vehicle that Mahindra develops, we will seek three proposals for its design. One each from Pininfarina, Ssangyong and from our team,” Goenka said today.
Although not confirmed, the Thar is likely to be exported and for certain markets would be equipped with a new 1.5 – liter petrol engine. The engine, whose growth has been confirmed, is a new generation unit developed together by Ssangyong and Mahindra for use in their respective vehicles. Further details on the Thar, however, are not yet known. Moreover, the car-maker is working on features such as wire-less mobile charging, memory seats, Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity, along with assisted and intelligent driving for future Mahindra vehicles and some of those features could also find its way to the Thar. Further details on the Thar, however, are not yet known.