Jeep Wrangler is the dream car of many off-road enthusiasts. When it was launched in India, the extremely high price tag kept many buyers away from the vehicle. However, there are quite a few Jeep Wrangler models sold in the Indian market. The hardcore off-road enthusiasts, however, stick to the vehicles like Mahindra Thar because of their affordability and ease of maintenance.
There are a few who take the super expensive Jeep Wrangler to an off-roading session. Here is one such owner who took his Wrangler to off-roading and got stuck.
Mahindra Thar to the rescue
The video shows Jeep Wrangler stuck in a ditch. The terrain seems to be quite slippery and the Wrangler is being rescued by the Mahindra Thar with the help of towing rope. The Mahindra Thar first tried pulling out the Wrangler from the rear but due to the limited space, it re-positioned itself. It should be noted that it is a towing rope and not a winch, which makes such rescues much easier.
The Mahindra Thar slowly pulls out the Jeep Wrangler out of the ditch where Wrangler finds traction again. Even though the Jeep Wrangler offers a higher level of equipment and has an engine that generates almost twice the power, it is not shocking to see it getting stuck. Any vehicle can get stuck during hardcore off-roading and the whole process of rescuing such stuck cars makes the off-roading even more fun. Even the most expensive SUVs can be get stuck in challenging situations.
The Jeep Wrangler seen in the video seems to be in the stock condition while the Mahindra Thar has been heavily modified for off-roading purposes. The Mahindra Thar can be seen with big block off-road tyres, which is a major advantage while doing off-roading on the slippery surfaces. The road-biased tyres fail to find traction in such condition and the vehicle becomes incapable. It is important to choose the right tyres for the off-roading.
The Jeep Compass is extremely powerful and uses a 2.8-litre VM Motori turbocharged diesel engine that develops a maximum of 197 Bhp and 460 Nm. The Mahindra Thar produces a mere 105 Bhp and 247 Nm. However, Thar gets all the off-road-friendly equipment differential locks, low-range transfer case and leaf spring suspension. The Jeep Wrangler, on the other hand, is much more comfortable to drive on the highways and can attain much higher speeds. With the right tyres, it can even reach extremely challenging locations where the Thar may not be able to go.
The Mahindra Thar is a much more popular vehicle because it is much cheaper to buy and maintain. Off-roading takes a heavy toll on the vehicles and can damage crucial parts. The parts of the Mahindra Thar are easily available while it may take weeks to source parts for the Jeep Wrangler. All these reasons make the Mahindra Thar much more suitable for hardcore off-roading in India.