Ever since the Tata Nexon scored a five-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests, people have taken the aspect of safety among cars much more seriously than ever before. Many people have put safety as their prime requirement while buying a new car. From premium cars, especially SUVs, the expectations of safety are paramount, with many people already assuming them to be safe and sturdily-built machines. Two such premium SUVs are Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero, which are well-known for their impeccable reliability and strong build quality.
These two SUVs have shown their prowess in build quality in a recent unfortunate accident in Ranchi, where these two SUVs got severely damaged after a loosely-constructed wall of a convent school fell over them. According to the sources, the wall of the convent school, which is situated on Govind Street in Ranchi fell over these two SUVs, apart from other vehicles like a WagonR and a Bolero pickup truck.
Both the SUVs damaged
Both Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero SFX have suffered severe impacts due to this fall of the wall. However, if you compare the two, the damages in the Toyota Fortuner are much more significant, with its roof and pillars completely damaged beyond recognition. On the other hand, the Pajero SFX here got its pillars and roof damaged too, but not as severely as the Fortuner here. No casualties have been reported from the incident since the SUVs were parked safely at the time when the wall fell over them.
Both these SUVs damaged are the first-generation versions of their respective models in India. The Mitsubishi Pajero here is the SFX model, which got launched in India in the nineties and remained on sale in India till 2012, much after the arrival of its successor which was sold in India as Mitsubishi Montero. On the other hand, the Toyota Fortuner here is the facelifted version of the first-generation Fortuner of India, which launched in 2012 and was replaced with the second-generation version in 2016.
At the time of its discontinuation, the Mitsubishi Pajero SFX was one of the most dated-looking SUVs, but at the same time, it was still one of the most capable four-wheel-drive SUVs on sale in India. Many people still love the SUV and look after a well-kept sample of it in the used car market, as it still commands a respectable road presence and abilities of a mountain goat on off-road terrains. Comparatively, the first-gen Toyota Fortuner is a slightly more modern SUV compared to the Pajero SFX and relies heavily on Toyota’s unshakable image as a reliable brand.