SUV owners groups going off-road has now become a thing in India. Lately, we have been seeing many off-road videos from different parts of the country. Commonly seen SUVs on such off-road videos are Mahindra Thar, Gypsy, Toyota Fortuner, Force Gurkha and Ford Endeavour. Here we have one such video where current generation Mahindra Thar, Force Gurkha and Toyota Fortuner Legender go off-road. The terrain was so challenging that Fortuner Legender had to turn back.
The video has beenu uploaded by DCV Expeditions on their YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger and his friends go and explore an off-road trail. He was driving in his Mahindra Thar while his friends were driving a Force Gurkha Xtreme which generates 140 bhp. They way to the trail was tricky and there were deep ruts everywhere. The Force Gurkha was the first to go through the track as the driver was aware of the location and the track. He had asked the Toyota Fortuner driver to stop as the stock SUV could easily get damaged.
Once the Force Gurkha had cleared, it was Mahindra Thar’s turn. Vlogger drove the SUV effortlessly through the track and without any issues it managed to get to the other side. Initially Fortuner owner said that he won’t be attempting to clear the track but, later he decided to do it anyways. The Toyota Fortuner was in its stock form and due to overhangs at the front and rear, driving it through a track full of ruts was a challenge. Instructions were given to the driver and he carefully drove the SUV to the other side without any issue.
After reaching the spot, there were couple of more SUVs for off-roading. They all go to an even more challengine track filled with rocks. Toyota Fortuner did not even attempt to go through the track as everyone was sure that the SUV will be damaged. Plus, it did not have AT tyres and underbody protection of any sort. Once agains Force Gurkha and Mahindra Thar drove carefully through the stretch. The Force Gurkha is slightly modified and the driver can be heard saying that he had slightly lifted the SUV for better ground clearance. Mahindra Thar gets MLD for rear and BLD for the front however Force Gurkha gets and locking differentials at both front and rear which help them while going off-road.
After clearing the rocky stretch, Maruti Gyspy, a heavily modified jeep, Fortuner, Thar and Gurkha all come to a steep climb section. The soil was too loose like sand and climbing up was a challenge. Force Gurkha is once again the first SUV to attempt the climb. In first attempt, it got stuck in sand towards the end of the climb. He had to bring the car down and try it again with more momentum. In second trial, the SUV managed to climb up. Maruti Gypsy, Mahindra Thar also climbed up the slope but, Fortuner could not climb up. The tyres were a factor here and the SUV was not able to carry much momentum while hitting the climb. This was once again because the SUV was not prepared for off-roading. Fortuner is a capable off-roader but in stock form, like many SUVs, the capabilities of Fortuner are limited too.