Mahindra Thar fails while Maruti Jimny successfully climbs a sand dune [Video]

The Mahindra Thar has achieved significant success in the Indian market, boasting a considerable waiting period due to its popularity. Recently, Maruti Suzuki introduced the Jimny, which has garnered similar attention. Having experienced both vehicles firsthand, we can confidently state that the Jimny is notably more practical for road driving and offers easier handling in off-road conditions. To demonstrate this, we have a video showcasing the performance of both vehicles on a sand dune.

The video commences by depicting the new-generation Mahindra Thar attempting to ascend a sand dune. The Thar made multiple attempts to conquer the dune, with different drivers taking turns. Following this, the driver of the Jimny took on the same challenge. Despite its efforts, the Thar struggled to reach the summit of the sand dune.

Subsequently, the Jimny took its turn to tackle the same dune and succeeded effortlessly in a single attempt. The video captures the Jimny conquering the dune twice, showcasing its smooth and seamless performance as it effortlessly ascended to the dune’s peak without any difficulty.

Mahindra Thar fails while Maruti Jimny successfully climbs a sand dune [Video]

While the specific specifications of the Thar vary due to its numerous variants, engine choices, and transmission options, the Jimny is exclusively available with a petrol engine and offers the option of a manual or automatic transmission.

Why Jimny could do it?

There could be multiple factors contributing to this difference. One noticeable aspect is the aftermarket alloy wheels on the Thar. However, we are uncertain about the type of tires being used on the vehicle. It’s possible that the Thar is equipped with Highway Terrain tires, which might be challenging for the SUV’s performance in this scenario.

The Jimny appears to be in stock condition without any aftermarket modifications. Nevertheless, it’s plausible that the owner has upgraded the tires for enhanced off-roading capabilities. Certain tire options offer significantly better traction than stock tires.

Additionally, the Jimny is notably lighter than the Thar, giving it greater maneuverability and agility. The Thar’s greater weight can lead to difficulties in specific situations compared to the more nimble Jimny. In off-roading, lighter vehicles tend to have an advantage over heavier ones.

Regarding drivetrain choices, the Mahindra Thar offers various options, including petrol-manual, petrol-automatic, diesel-manual, and diesel-automatic variants. Conversely, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny is exclusively powered by a petrol engine and provides both manual and automatic transmission options. Furthermore, while the Mahindra Thar is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny comes standard with a four-wheel drive system.

In summary, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny and the Mahindra Thar possess distinct strengths and characteristics, catering to the diverse preferences and requirements of SUV enthusiasts. Ultimately, the decision between the two depends on individual preferences and priorities.

Shantonil Nag

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