In the past we have featured many videos on our website that showcase SUVs doing proper dune bashing and off-roading activities. It is still a very sight in our country when we see people taking their SUVs on such adventures or adventurous activities. We now have a couple of groups budding up where they take you and your SUV to places so that you can explore the capabilities of your vehicle. Here we have one such video where a older generation Toyota Fortuner and a Mahindra Thar can be seen climbing a small section with loose sand. Which SUV does it better? Let’s take a look at the video to find out.
The video has been uploaded by ABBY VLOGS on their youtube channel. The video starts by showing both SUVs approaching parked on the bank of a river with a small sand dune behind it. First, it was the turn of Toyota Fortuner. The Fortuner used here is the older generation one which used to come with a 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine that produces a maximum of 168 bhp of power and 343 nm of peak torque. The Toyota Fortuner reached the bottom of the climb and starts slowly accelerating and slowly and steadily climbs the section without any wheel spin or any other drama.
Next, it was the turn of Mahindra Thar CRDe which is powered by a 2.5 litre diesel engine that generates a maximum of 105 bhp and 247 Nm of torque. The Thar also follows the same track that Fortuner had followed before. Thar reaches the bottom of the section and starts climbing. Halfway through the climb, rear wheel of the Thar starts spinning and the car loses traction. The driver then engages the low ratio and then climbs the section.
Why did the Thar struggle and the Fortuner did not?. The main reason is that the driver of the Thar had pressed too much throttle while climbing and that resulted in the wheelspin. The acceleration should remain constant while climibing such sections. Another reason was that Unlike Toyota Fortuner, Thar does not have any electronic aids to back it up or get it out of tricky situations like this.
This does not mean that Thar is not an apt vehicle for off-roading. If given to the right person, Thar can tackle most of the obstacles one can throw at it. Mahindra will soon be launching a next-generation Thar later this year and it is expected to be technologically more advanced than the current generation.