Mahindra Thar is currently one of the most popular SUV in the market. It is the most affordable 4×4 SUV one can buy in India. Mahindra Thar became so popular in a short period of time that it currently has a waiting period of almost an year on it. Mahindra Thar will compete with Force Gurkha 2021 when it gets launched in the market. Tata also launched their all-new Safari in the market this year. It is different from the older generation SUV. The older version of the Safari used to come with 4×4 option but, the current is available as a front wheel drive SUV only. Here we have a video where the older version Tata Safari 4×2 and current generation Mahindra Thar are seen competing against each other in a tug of war.
The video has been uploaded by Sanjeet Jaat on his YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger mentions that he had done this tug of war once in the past but, he is doing it again because some of his subscribers had asked him to do it. He mentions that the Safari is a 4×2 SUV and in this round Mahindra Thar will not be engaging 4×4 in any of the rounds.
He then mentions that he’ll be lowering the pressure of the rear tyres of Safari so that it has more traction during the tug of war. Both SUVs are tied to each other and the tug of war starts. In the first round, both Safari and Thar started pulling each and for a moment it looked like Safari might actually pull Thar but, just then the Mahindra Thar started showing off its true colours. The moment, Mahindra Thar got traction, it started pulling the Safari and the Safari did not stand a chance after that.
After first round, the SUVs were lined up once again and they started pulling each other once again. This time, Mahindra Thar did not give a chance to Safari and it straightaway pulled Safari with it. The rear wheels on Safari were spinning as they had lost traction completely. Thar dragged Safari to an extend that smoke had started coming off from Safari’s tyres.
Vlogger had chosen an empty stretch of road for this purpose and the test was also done on tarmac for clear results. Both Mahindra Thar and Tata Safari used here in this video are diesel SUVs. Mahindra Thar uses 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine and the Safari also uses a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine. The Mahindra Thar generates 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. Safari on the other hand generates 138 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. Both SUVs used here get a manual gearbox as well.
Although Safari generates more power than Thar, it could not win even one round in the tug of war. What we feel could be the reason behind this is the age. In comparison to Thar, Safari is an old vehicle. Over the years, the performance from the diesel engine might have come down. If the same test was conducted with the current version of Safari, results might have been different.