The Tata Safari is probably one of the oldest SUVs in India that are still going strong. It was first launched in 1998 and has completed 20 years since then. The other SUV we will be talking about today is the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. The SUV, or better to say a pickup truck, is responsible for popularizing the pickup segment in India. While vehicles like the Tata Xenon XT were on sale since some time here, they never saw sales success. Now, what happens when both of these SUVs are pitted against each other in a tug of war. The video below by Jatt Land shows just that, so let us check out the video and see who turns out to be the winner here.
As seen in the video, neither of the two brutes can be declared the winner here. Both of them have about equal power output, which is one of the factors involved here. Among the two, the Safari is the older SUV while the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is the more modern vehicle. One thing to note here is that neither of the two SUVs were in 4×4 mode while the tug of war took place. The D-Max comes with a 4×4 drivetrain as standard while the older generation Safari seen here had both 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains on sale. The reason for Isuzu being in 4×2 mode could be that the Safari seen here is the 4×2 variant, and the D-Max was not put into 4×4 so as to keep the competition equal.
The older generation Safari here is powered by a 2.2-litre VTT DiCOR diesel engine. This engine churns out a good 138 Bhp along with 320 Nm of torque. The 7 seater SUV tips the scales at around 2.2 tonnes. The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that churns out 134 Bhp along with 320 Nm of torque. The D-Max tips the scales at about 1915 kg, which makes it lighter than the Tata Safari. Also, the D-Max here is running on better off-road spec tires than the Safari. However, the end result comes out to be a draw. Had it been a 4×4 battle, the results for sure would have been a different story.
While it is fun to see such competition videos between SUVs and cars, we advise that one should never imitate this with their own vehicle. Such tug of war competitions can damage the car in many ways. It puts unnecessary load on the engine, transmission as well as the drivetrain and if not done properly, could lead to severe damage to the vehicle. This would probably be the last thing anyone wants to happen to his ride and therefore, stay away from such antics and do not try them on your vehicle.