The Mahindra Thar 2020 BS6 was one of the hottest launches in the Indian automotive market after a very long time. The price of the SUV is set to launch on 2nd October 2020. The new generation Thar is way ahead in comparison to its predecessors in terms of features and looks. But is it still the off-road monster? Find out below about the 5 off-road features on Mahindra Thar 2020. 

thar 4x4

New Suspension


One of the most important bits of a good-off roader is its suspension.  The new Mahindra Thar 2020 BS6 has ditched the old-leaf spring suspension and now comes with multi-link rear suspension and independent double wishbone suspension in the front. 

thar suspension

The benefits due to this new suspension setup include better ride on tarmac, better flexing, and better approach and departure angles for off-roading and can handle jerky landings very easily. We still have not driven the new Thar off-roads. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel for more details.

4X4 System

The 2020 Mahindra Thar BS6 retains the shift-on-the-fly-low-range transfer case. The above case comes with three options: 2H, 4H and 4L. You also get mechanically locking differential at the rear-axle of the SUV which provides power to the wheel with the most traction in slippery road conditions.

manual transmission off-road Mahindra Thar

You also get traction control in the form of an electronically controlled brake locking differential for low grip conditions.  ESP with rollover mitigation, hill hold and hill descent features all help in the overall off-road experience. You also get an electric driveline disconnect which easily transitions from 4WD to 2WD.

automatic transmission

Also read: Top 15 things about the new Mahindra Thar 2020

Off-road Numbers

off-road Mahindra Thar


The 2020 Mahindra Thar has the best in class water-wading capacity of 625mm. It is purely made for off-road and the reveal video on Mahindra’s official website shows water up to half front bumper in the new Thar.  You also get 219/226mm of ground clearance. 

Mahindra’s engineers have also improved the different angle in the SUV required for off-roads. You get an approach angle of 42º, departure angle of 37º and a break over angle of 27º

Also read: Mahindra Thar vs. Maruti Jimny Spec-Comparison.

Engine and Performance

You need a strong engine and equally strong transmission to do off-roads easily, and the new Thar does not disappoint. 

engine off-road Mahindra Thar

EnginemHawk 130 DieselmStallion 150 TGDi Petrol
Engine Capacity2184cm31997cm3
Max. Power130bhp@3750rpm150bhp@5000rpm
Max. Torque300Nm@1600-2800rpm300Nm/320Nm@1250-3000rpm(MT/AT)
Fuel tank Capacity57 litres57 litres

You get a 6-speed manual/6-speed torque converter automatic transmission with the new 2020 Mahindra Thar BS6.  Added to that is a manual shift part-time 4WD with High and Low reduction gear in both Petrol and Diesel options. More about off-road in Mahindra Thar below.

Tyre Sizes on the new Thar

VariantWheel Size
AX DieselR16 Steel
LX DieselR18 Alloy
AX Optional DieselR16 Steel
LX AT DieselR18 Alloy
AX PetrolR16 Steel
AX Optional PetrolR16 Steel
LX AT PetrolR18 Alloy



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