The new Mahindra Thar has just been unveiled before its launch on October 2. Along with confirming a large number of new details – from the powertrains on offer to the styling and features – Mahindra has also revealed that the 2020 Thar will be on offer in two variants – AX and LX.

2020 Mahindra Thar to be available with four engine-gearbox options

Second-gen Thar to be on offer in AX and LX trims

Thar AX geared towards off-road enthusiasts; Thar LX has more creature comforts

One of the major mechanical highlights of the all-new Thar is that it comes with a choice of two engines – a 152hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol along with a 132hp, 2.2-litre diesel. Both have 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options and get a 4×4 system as standard; a manual-shift transfer case with a low ratio is standard across all powertrain options.

With four engine-gearbox options and two trim lines, the second generation of Mahindra’s off-roader will be available in a total of seven versions. Here’s what’s available, in terms of features, on each:

2020 Mahindra Thar AX

2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 6-speed manual gearbox

2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 6-speed manual gearbox

Mechanical locking diff

Dual front airbags

ABS with EBD

Central locking

Rear parking sensors with a display

Manual inside day-night rearview mirror

Rear defogger (optional)

Roll cage (optional)

Fixed soft top

LED tail-lights

Convertible top or hard top (optional)

16-inch steel wheels (white) with 245/75 R16 tyres

6-seat layout – 2 front seats and 4 side-facing seats

Front facing rear seats with 50:50 split/folding and adjustable headrests (optional)

4-way adjust for front passenger seat (optional)

Manual air-con

Power windows

Power steering

12V accessory socket

Remote keyless entry (optional with hard top)

Driver’s seat height adjust (optional)

2020 Mahindra Thar LX

In addition to the features and optional equipment on the Thar AX

2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 6-speed automatic gearbox

2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 6-speed manual gearbox

2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 6-speed automatic gearbox

Brake locking diff

Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with rollover mitigation

Tyre pressure monitor

Tyre direction monitor

Three-point seatbelts for all four passengers

Hill-start and descent assist

Isofix child seat mounts

Roll cage

Speed-sensing front door locks

Follow-me-home headlights

Convertible top or hard top

18-inch alloy wheels with 255/65 R18 tyres

Dual-tone bumpers

Moulded footsteps

LED daytime running lights and front fog lights

Fender-mounted antenna

4-seat layout – front facing rear seats get a 50:50 split/fold function

8-way adjustable front seats including height and lumbar adjust

Fabric upholstery

Automatic climate control

Cruise control

Power adjustable outside rearview mirrors

7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and navigation

Roof-mounted speakers – 4 speakers and 2 tweeters

USB connectivity

A colour multi-info display in the instrument cluster

Steering-mounted controls

The new Thar LX is intended as more of a lifestyle product with its long list of creature comforts, while the Thar AX is oriented towards enthusiasts, with a more basic specification at a lower price point. In either case, cleaning up after a mud-plugging session should be relatively easy, as Mahindra has provided drizzle-resistant (IP54 Standard) switches on the dashboard and a wipe-down interior.

We’ll have to wait until October 2 for the 2020 Mahindra Thar prices, but for now, it seems like Mahindra has met the brief on retaining the Thar’s off-road ability, while also targeting a more mainstream buyer.

Also see:

2020 Mahindra Thar review, test drive

2020 Mahindra Thar first look video

2020 Mahindra Thar image gallery

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