Mahindra Thar needs no introduction in the Indian market. It is one of the most affordable proper SUVs in the Indian market and takes on the likes of Force Gurkha in the Indian market. The Thar has also become the first choice of many off-road enthusiasts because of the ease of modification that it offers to make the vehicle much more capable off the road. The Mahindra Thar is also quite affordable to mend, which is why it is preferred by the most. The Mahindra Thar is also one of the few off-roading vehicles in India that has been tested thoroughly in different kinds of terrains. Here is one such video of the Mahindra Thar that shows its capability in a canal!
The Mahindra Thar seen here in the video by Rahul Chandran looks like stock vehicle and is not modified in any way except for the aftermarket alloy wheels. The video shows the Mahindra Thar entering the canal head-on. As soon as the vehicle gets on the steep decline of the deep canal, the driver applies the brakes.
The Thar can be seen sliding down the steep canal walls. One should never apply brakes suddenly while going down a slope as it can imbalance the vehicle. Also, applying the brakes will lock up the tyres that in turn can make the vehicle lose all its control. The best way of going down a steep slope is by using engine braking only. If the need arises, one can use the brake but with a light foot.
The Mahindra Thar reaches the bottom of the canal and then tries to come up on the other side. In the first attempt, the Thar almost climbs the wall and reaches the ground but the front wheels of the vehicle do not get enough traction, which is why he tries the challenge again. The Thar comes down and then tries climbing up at a faster pace by maintaining the momentum. This allows the vehicle to reach the top of the ground without any problem.
It should be noted that even when most of the parts in the Thar are in stock condition, it did not face much of a challenge from the obstacle. Getting down in a canal and coming up may look quite easy on the camera but it requires a lot from the vehicle. The steep incline and decline require great approach angle and departure angle. Also, to cross over from the ground to the canal and come back again, the breakover angle, which is affected by the wheelbase and ground clearance of the vehicle needs to be high. With a low breakover angle, the vehicle can bottom out and get stuck!
Mahindra is currently working on an all-new Thar that is expected to be launched in the Indian market next year. Till then, the current version of the Thar will remain on sale. The all-new Thar will also get a more powerful engine and better safety features.