Driving on the sand dunes in the desert is one of the most exciting and challenging off-roading adventures a car owner can undertake. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the fanciest car or the one with the most offroading toys, chances of getting stuck on the shifting sand dunes is a possibility no matter which car you end up buying as demonstrated in the video below by Youtube Anshuman Bishnoi.
Bishnoi’s video starts off showing a Land Cruiser Prado V6 along with the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero and the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. All five of the SUVs participating in the event, easily slide across the side of dunes.
However, the video then becomes a whole lot more riveting as the Land Cruiser Prado V6 from Toyota goes into a section unexplored virgin sand and starts sinking into the desert.
The Land Cruiser Prado is powered by a 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 171 Bhp at 3,400 rpm and 410 Nm of torque at 1,600rpm, which is sent to all four wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel-drive. The Land Cruiser Prado comes packed with offroading tech including Crawl Control, Multi Terrain Select with 4 Cameras monitoring your activities along with a Kinetic Dynamic suspension along with an approach /departure angles of 31 degrees and 25.2 degrees and a wading depth of 700 mm.
Despite all this off-roading kit bundled into the SUV it still ends up sinking into the sands. However, don’t call the Land Cruiser Prado a failure just because it sank into the sands. The same thing occurs sometime later with the new Toyota Fortuner, which also features four-wheel-drive and ends up sinking into the sand dunes. This could have happened to any of the other SUVs present in the video, but after two failed attempts they were told to stay away from the section of the desert as it featured much more loosely packed sand which can easily swallow up vehicles. If the other three SUVs in the video had not avoided that section of sand, we have no doubt, all of them would have sun into the sands.
This video also demonstrates why you should never go off-roading alone as the rest of the members participating in the event, come to the aid of the two stricken Toyota SUVs, which then with the help of the cops, the SUVs were expertly gotten out of the sands using sand ladders. They also ensure that the drivers of the stricken vehicles get clear direction on how to get the SUVs out of the tricky travelling sands. Without the others coming to their aid, we are not sure the SUVs would have managed to get out of the shifting sands that trapped them in the desert.