Mahindra launched the all-new Thar in the market last year and it took the market by storm. It became so popular that there is a waiting period of almost an year on this SUV. Mahindra Thar is currently the most affordable 4×4 SUV in the market. Tata also launched Safari this year. This is an all-new SUV which has nothing to do with the older iconic Safari that got discontinued. The new Safari is based on Harrier and it is doing decent numbers. We still have several examples of older generation Safari SUVs in the market. Here we have a video where an old-gen Tata Safari and Mahindra Thar are seen in a tug of war.
The video has been uploaded by Sanjeet Jaat on their YouTube channel. The video starts with the vlogger talking about the thing that he has planned for the video. Mahindra Thar comes with 4×4 as standard but, Safari did not. Safari used here in the video is a 4×2 version. So the first two rounds will be done without engaging the 4×4 in Mahindra Thar.
They choose an empty road for this purpose and both SUVs are tied to each other using a toe rope. Vlogger even talks about the engine used on both the SUV. Both are diesel SUVs. Mahindra Thar uses a 2.2 litre mHawk turbo diesel engine that generates 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque. The Safari also uses a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine that generates 138 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque.
Vlogger is driving the Tata Safari while his friend is in Mahindra Thar. Both SUV were ready and then the person behind the camera gives asks them to start pulling each other. Tata Safari pulled Mahindra Thar slightly but, immediately Thar resisted it and started pulling Tata Safari. Vlogger was trying hard in his Tata Safari to not get pulled by Thar but, all his efforts were in vain.
Tata Safari can be seen struggling for grip and there was smoke coming from the tyres. In the next round, they line up both the SUVs and start pulling once again. The results remained the same. Mahindra Thar was able to pull Tata Safari without any problem. This was done without engaging 4×4. If that was engaged, then it would have been even more easier for Thar.
Mahindra Thar had won both the rounds and vlogger then mentions that Mahindra Thar was using the company fitted tyres and condition of tyre on Safari was also good. On paper, Tata Safari was generating more power than Mahindra Thar but, that was of no use. One of the reason why this would have happened is because of the age of the vehicle.
Tata Safari is an old vehicle when compared with Mahindra Thar. Engine in Tata Safari used to generates 138 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque when it was new. Over the years, the power and torque figures would have come down. That along with the age of the vehicle will affect its performance. If the same test was done with the 2021 Tata Safari, results might have been different.