The iconic Jeep brand officially entered the Indian market last year. The brand introduced the off-road legend, Wrangler in India alongside the Cherokee. Even though the Wrangler comes with a hefty price tag, people are buying it and a few of them are also taking it to the off-road. Here is an off-road session where the Wrangler got stuck and was later saved by a Mahindra Thar.
What exactly happened?
The Wrangler, which comes with a 4X4 system and low ratio transfer case is known to reach the toughest corners on the face of this planet. However, as seen in the video, the Wrangler is stuck in mud and slush. The driver is trying to floor the accelerator, but the heavy vehicle is not moving anywhere.
Soon a Thar comes to the rescue. The Wrangler is hooked to the Thar through a winch and was later rescued from the slush. The diesel Wrangler seen here is powered by a 2.8-litre VM Motori turbo diesel engine that generates a maximum of 197 Bhp and 460 Nm. The Thar is powered by a 2.5-litre CRDe engine that develops a maximum of 105 Bhp – 247 Nm.
However, the Thar that rescued the Wrangler is heavily modified and has been fitted with Mud Terrain tyres that offer a better grip in such situations. The Wrangler, on the other hand, is bone stock and comes with regular tyres. The better traction allowed the Thar to pull out the stuck Wrangler.
5 SUPER important rules of off-roading
If you are an off-road aficionado, here are a few golden rules that you should never overlook.
- Never venture out in unknown places without a support vehicle. Off-road trails are often not covered by the mobile networks, and if you get stuck, there may not be anyone around to help you.
- Always be prepared for the worst. Anyone can get stuck in any vehicle. If venturing out to places which have a lot of mud and slush pits, prepare yourself to get stuck.
- It is not the vehicle but the driver. You may be driving in a very expensive and capable vehicle, but all those capabilities will fall short if the driver is not aware of the situation and does not drive accordingly. Skills are important than the vehicle.
- Always engage 4X4 before getting stuck. Engaging the system after getting stuck may have a very less effect. Also, lower the tyre pressure to widen the contact area and increase traction.
- Walk the obstacle before you drive. If you are not sure of the terrain ahead, always walk the path and prepare a mental map of the location. It will help you when you enter the trail and will also let you know if the surface is too slippery or too soft.