Tata launched their all-new three row SUV Safari in the market earlier this year. The SUV is doing quite well for the brand and it competes with cars like MG Hector Plus and recently introduced Hyundai Alcazar in the market. Toyota Innova Crysta is a very popular MPV in its segment. It has actually been ruling the segment for a quite some time. People relate Toyota Innova Crysta with reliability, comfortable ride and low cost of maintenance. We have seen several videos of Safari and Innova Crysta online and here we have a video where both these cars that belong from two different segments are competing with each other in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by Ashish Yadav on his YouTube channel. Vlogger starts by talking about the engine specifications of both the vehicles. Toyota Innova Crysta used here is a BS6 diesel version which is powered by a 2.4 litre turbo diesel engine. The engine generates 148 bhp and 343 Nm of peak torque. The Tata Safari is powered by a smaller 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 168 Bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. Both vehicles come with manual and automatic transmissions and the one used in video is manual.
The race is conducted in three rounds and the vlogger chose an empty stretch of road for this. Both the vehicle lined up for the first round and both vehicles move off the line at almost the same time when the race starts. Both vehicles were in Eco mode for the first round. Toyota Innova Crysta actually took the lead and was performing quite well. After covering some distance, Tata Safari started gaining and soon overtook Innova Crysta.
Safari maintained the lead and the won the first round without any problem. For the second round, Innova was put into Power mode and Safari was in Sport Mode. Second round starts and it looked like the Safari driver did not move off the line quickly. Innova Crysta was quite quick took the lead instantly. Safari struggled at the beginning but, it did manage to cover up some ground. By the time, Innova was near the finish line Safari was right behind it. If the track was a bit more longer, Safari might have won the second round too. Unfortunately that did not happen and Toyota Innova Crysta won the round.
For the last round, both the SUVs were lined up and they both move off the line at almost the same time. Once again, it looked like Innova Crysta was going to win the round, after some time both vehicles were fighting hard to cross the finish line first. In this battle, Tata Safari won the third round by a very small margin. Both Innova Crysta and Tata Safari have a similar kerb weight. However, the smaller engine of Tata Safari producing more power and torque actually helped it win the race. If the driver had not struggled in the second round, Tata Safari might have won all three rounds.