Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, which is a mid-size sedan is not built for off-road and challenging terrains. However, with a little caution and driving skills, it sure can go to places it is not made for. Here is a video of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz taking on extremely bad roads in Himachal Pradesh.
The video by KHARDUNGLA BIKERS GROUP shows the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz taking on the rough terrains in Gramphu, Himachal Pradesh. The town falls on the to Ladakh from Manali and also on the crossroads of Spiti Valley. The video shows the Ciaz taking on the extremely bad terrain. Such points on the roads to the mountains are quite common. In the local language, they called “Nullah” or water crossings. Since the roads are located at high altitude, the snow melting on the peaks of the mountains become a stream of water and flow across the roads. The flowing water makes it difficult to keep the surface in good shape, which is why such water crossings are often a cocktail of bad roads too.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz can be seen taking on such extremely bad and broken road. This is why most people prefer taking SUVs and 4X4 vehicles on such routes. However, the driver of the Ciaz did a commendable job of ensuring that the vehicle comes out safe without getting stuck. At the first point, when there was a drop, people used stones to ensure that the Ciaz comes down slowly and the underbody does not get hit by the bad road surface. Such obstacles can be easily crossed with a vehicle with high ground clearance but can be extremely challenging for low slung vehicles. The Mahindra Bolero Pick-Up following the Ciaz can be seen taking the terrain quite easily. For reference, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has only a ground clearance of 170 mm.
The second part of the video shows the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz going through a deep water crossing, which it crosses without much problem or help. It can be seen going through the stream.
Such water crossings can be extremely dangerous for the vehicles as the road surface under the water. Most bikers face difficulties crossing such streams as the front wheel can deflect due to the rocks. The same happens with cars too but it can be managed since the cars are more stable.
There are many such water crossings in the region, which makes the roads one of the most dangerous in the whole country. Taking small hatchbacks and sedans to such roads is not impossible but it sure is very dangerous and extremely difficult. Taking such cars may require a spotter who can direct the driver to put the wheels at the right directions to ensure the safety of the vehicle.