There are a lot of underrated cars in the Indian market in every segment. In the full-size SUV segment, the Mitsubishi Pajero is known as an underdog when compared to the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. There is also the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross that sells in much lower numbers when compared to the other cars in the same price bracket, but being a lifestyle pick-up truck, it sure is quite popular in the Indian market. Here is a video of both the vehicles that shows how much more capable they can be when it comes to hardcore off-roading.
What is happening here?
While most of the Indian customers buy full-size SUVs for mall-hopping and shopping, only a few test the limits of the vehicle to do real off-road. Here is a video of popular SUVs in India trying to climb a steep hill incline. The video shows only the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and the Mitsubishi Pajero completing the challenge while all the other participants fail miserably. The SUVs involved were the new Ford Endeavour, old-generation modified Ford Endeavour, Tata Safari Storme, Tata Xenon, Renault Duster, Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and the Mitsubishi Pajero.
The video shows the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross taking on the challenge on the incline. After several failed attempts, the lifestyle pick-up truck finally manages to reach the top of the incline. The Mitsubishi Pajero comes in next and tries the same challenge. It also reaches the top of the incline after a few attempts. Later, we can see all the SUVs including the Renault Duster 4WD, Tata Safari Storme, Ford Endeavour old generation, new Ford Endeavour and Tata Xenon attempting the same challenge and failing.
Some may argue that the condition of the track worsens after the first two attempts and it can be the reason behind the failure of the other vehicles. However, the challenge was attempted by both the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and the Mitsubishi Pajero again and they completed it easily. Even the new generation Ford Endeavour tries to reach the top but it fails to do so.
What can be the reason?
While all the cars get almost the same features except for the Renault Duster, the equipment comes from different suppliers and some of them are more efficient and capable than the others. Also, various factors like the tyres, driver’s input, the weight of the vehicle and many more such factors can affect a vehicle’s capability. But in all, the Mitsubishi Pajero and Isuzu D-Max V-Cross show their true mettle.
The Ford Endeavour is powered by a 3.2-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 197 Bhp and 470 Nm. The Isuzu V-Cross gets a maximum of 134 Bhp – 320 Nm from the 2.5-litre engine. The Pajero Sports is powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 176 Bhp – 400 Nm. The Safari Storme is powered by a 2.2-litre engine that produces a maximum of 154 Bhp – 400 Nm. The Duster is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that churns out a maximum of 108 Bhp – 248 Nm. The Xenon double cab is powered by a 3.0-litre engine that produces a maximum of 113 Bhp – 300 Nm.