Mahindra XUV500 is a popular SUV in India, even more than that, it is a popular choice of wheels in countries like South Africa and Australia. The Mahindra XUV500 is available in both 2WD and 4WD drive layouts. The 4WD variant of the vehicle is quite capable and can reach many challenging places. In the past, many videos of Mahindra XUV500 recusing big SUVs and vehicles have become popular. Here is another such video that shows the brute force of the Mahindra XUV500.
Mahindra XUV500 pulling a truck
The Mahindra XUV500 seen in the video by E Goody is a 4WD variant and is from South Africa. This is the pre-facelift version of the vehicle and gets powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk engine that is available on the Indian models too. Since it is a pre-facelift model, the engine generates a maximum power of 140 Bhp and a peak torque of 330 Nm. The new version produces a maximum of 155 Bhp and 360 Nm.
The video shows Mahindra XUV500 struggling for grip initially and then finally finding enough traction to take the truck out of the deep hole. The truck has got stuck in a hole, which seems to have been created by the freely rotating tyre of the heavy vehicle. It seems that the truck is also carrying some load, which makes it much difficult to rescue.
The Mahindra XUV500 comfortably pulled out the huge truck out of the hole. Even though the truck seems to be trying to get out of the hole and finally manages to find some grip when it comes outside, the whole scenario would not have been possible without the XUV500’s initial push.
It should be noted that the 4-wheel-drive system in the Mahindra XUV500 is not a full-fledged, off-road-friendly system. It does not get the low-ratio transfer case, which can be extremely useful when the vehicle is stuck in difficult situations. It is also not a full-time 4WD system and it comes into play only when the situation demands. There is also a feature that can be used to lock the 4WD, which ensures that the vehicle keeps the 4WD system engaged. This comes in very handy while driving over slippery surfaces like snow or sand. The AWD system remains activated only below 30 km/h and above that only the 2WD works in the vehicle.
There are many SUVs that have towed much larger vehicles. The Tata Hexa towed a passenger aircraft in India while Land Rover Discovery towed a passenger train. The low-end torque from the engines gives enough power to the vehicles so that they can tow heavyweight but it puts extreme pressure on the engine and the vehicle itself. Regularly towing weights, which is more than the recommended weight can reduce the life the vehicle immensely and can also cause the engine to seize. It is always important to check the owner’s manual and find out the tow weight limit of the vehicle.