Earlier, covered a video of a Hyundai i20 floating in the sea. Sea is not a place to drive any vehicle. We have already seen a Toyota Fortuner rolling over on the beach. As per new reports, the i20 was rented and now the driver has been arrested. The tourist was driving on Morjim beach in Goa and he has been arrested by Pernem police.
The tyres of the i20 got stuck because of the soft sand. The video of the hatchback being stuck has already gone viral on the internet. The name of the driver was Bishwad and he has been booked for rash and negligent driving. He was posing a risk to the people that were already on the beach.
You should not drive a two-wheel-drive vehicle especially a front-wheel-drive vehicle in such situations. Tyres can easily lose traction on loose sand as they cannot find the grip. Also, in this case, the waves would have damaged the engine. There would be damage to other vital components also. Modern vehicles rely on many electrical components to work and as we know electrical appliances are not water friendly.
Once damaged by water, the repair work would be very expensive. The water once gets into the air intake, will reach the engine. The engine would get hydrolocked. The whole will be opened and a thorough cleaning would be required. So, the person would have to spend a lot of money on rebuilding the engine and replacing the components that are damaged.
Modern vehicles also come with various sensors that detect if water is getting into the engine. Because of the sensor, the engine automatically turns off, to prevent further water from getting into the engine. Now, the engine is not working and you will be stuck. The only option to get out of the situation is to call someone who can tow the vehicle.
There are a lot of factors that decide whether the vehicle can get stuck on not. It depends on the drivetrain, 4×4 system, type of tyres, power and torque output, ground clearance etc. Even proper 4×4 vehicles can get stuck if they are not driven properly.
The Korean manufacturer launched the new generation of the i20 last year. They also launched the new N Line variants of the i20 recently. The premium hatchback competes against the Toyota Glanza, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Volkswagen Polo, Tata Altroz and Honda Jazz.
The i20 starts at Rs. 6.91 lakhs showroom and goes up to Rs. 11.40 lakhs ex-showroom. It is being offered in Magna, Sportz, Asta, and Asta (O). There are rumours that a new base, Era variant will also be get added to the line-up.
Hyundai offers three engine options. There is a naturally aspirated petrol engine, turbocharged petrol engine and a diesel engine. The turbo petrol and naturally aspirated petrol engine get an option of automatic gearbox whereas the diesel engine is only offered with a manual gearbox.