Tata Nexon is one of the most popular compact SUVs in the segment. It competes with cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300 in the segment. Sub-4 meter compact SUV segment is one of the most popular segments in India and almost every manufacturer has at least one product in this segment. Tata Nexon is a front wheel drive SUV and is not meant for extreme off-roading. Here we have a video, where a Tata Nexon is seen climbing a steep sand dune.
The video has been uploaded by madhu chandra on his YouTube channel. In this video, a pre-facelift Tata Nexon is seen approaching a steep sand dune. The driver is carrying good speed and has managed to keep the Nexon the track that has been formed by other SUVs that have crossed the section. The Tata Nexon seen here belongs to Satyendu Sar who is also driving the Nexon in this video. He had attempted to climb the sand dune once before this but, could manage to climb up. It is the second attempt that is seen in this video. He was not aware that someone was recording a video of him climbing the Sand dune in his Tata Nexon. The sand dunes seen here are from Osian, Rajasthan.
The driver starts the attempt from a distance. This was done to make sure that the car is carrying momentum while climbing the dunes. The driver managed to maintain momentum and keep the vehicle in the tracks formed by other vehicles. Driver was determined to take his SUV up the sand dune and he managed to do it in the second attempt. The Tata Nexon is seen smoothly climbing up the steep sand dune. At no point, it felt like the Nexon was struggling or had lost traction.
Tata Nexon is a compact SUV and has ample amount of ground clearance. This came in handy during the attempt as the car would have got beached into the sand otherwise. Tata Nexon is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The video does not specify which one is seen in it. The Tata Nexon driver successfully managed to climb up the sand dune but, should one attempt such stunts on a front wheel driver or a 2WD SUV. Our answer is a big No.
We have mentioned it several times in our previous articles that it is not recommended to take 2WD SUV off-road. In a 2WD drive SUV, the power is only being sent to the front or the rear set of wheels. In an surface like sand in this case, if the rear wheels get stuck in sand, there is no way that the driver will be able to pull the car out of it. The rear wheels would keep on spinning which would only help in getting the vehicle stuck even more. A 4WD or 4×4 SUV or car has power sent to all four wheels which would help it come out of such tricky situation. Tyres also play a crucial role while off-roading. If you are planning to go off-roading in a proper SUV, it is always recommended to go in groups and have recovery equipment in the vehicle.