Indians are quite familiar with the concept of off-roading, owing to the different land conditions India offers. This has led to manufacturers producing cars with significant ground clearance to assure the customer, they’ll be fine wherever they choose to take their car. SUVs and mini-SUVs are becoming more and more affordable with each passing day and therefore even sedan or hatchback buyers turn to SUVs for superior performance. However, many customers don’t really know how to make use of their SUVs to their full potential.
Off-roading is picking up as an activity overall in India, with people coming up with off-roading tracks and groups getting together to arrange off-roading trips in several parts of the country. Let’s look at one such event in the video where the proud owners of cars like the Defender, Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu V-Cross are showing off the off-roading capabilities of their cars.
The video uploaded by Anshuman Bishnoi on his YouTube channel shows the best of the best mass segment SUVs doing off-roading. The group consists of cars such as Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Maruti Gypsy, Mahindra Thar (old gen), Toyota Land Cruiser, Isuzu V-Cross and one Land Rover Defender.
The extreme off-roading
At the beginning of the video, we see the Defender intending to climb a steep incline. The driver, feeling a bit apprehensive, starts to drive the car and climbs slowly, however the bumper hits the surface and the driver is asked to reverse. Thereafter, the mud is removed using a shovel, post which the SUV climbs up effortlessly.
Once the mud was removed and the Defender came up, the other SUVs like the V-Cross and Fortuner also drove through this obstacle effortlessly. The vlogger did show that the Defender comes with a feature wherein you can electrically adjust the height of the ground clearance whenever you need to. In fact, the Defender is equipped with technology to increase the ground clearance, even if the car gets stuck at the highest setting, just to get it out.
All the SUVs moved to the other obstacle with the Defender leading them and eventually clearing the paths for other SUVs to come through smoothly. The Defender was set at the highest ground clearance which helped it to smoothly crawl up broken tracks. The Land Rover Defender has a very intelligent traction control system that continuously helps it get out without getting stuck.
In the video, we do see the driver of the Defender getting stuck and taking time to get through obstacles. There were quite a few SUVs that couldn’t complete the whole off-roading track course. Some SUVs such as the Toyota Land Cruiser which was modified to look like a Lexus, couldn’t finish because it was too wide for the track during some obstacles.
Land Rover Defender
If you’re looking for a feature-packed and extremely functional SUV that is dependable to take you through the toughest of the off-roads, Land Rover Defender can be your choice. Land Rover launched the Defender only last year in India, post its global launch. The Defender is available in 90 and 110 versions and comes with both diesel and petrol options. 90 is the 3-door version of the Defender whereas the 110 is a 5-door version.
The Defender seen in the video is the 110 with a 5-door version and comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine churns a maximum of 300 PS and 400 Nm peak torque. The new Defender is a completely different car and has almost no resemblance to the older version.