Off-roaders have a lot of fun. This video is proof of that. Most so-called SUVs in India on the road are 4X2. The 4X4 variants are not exactly popular, saleswise – but they are cherished by the dedicated off road enthusiats who meet up to explore the capabilities of their vehicles (and themselves) over weekends.
Here we have a friendly match between a bunch of SUVs from different segments. We have a Tata Safari Storme, Mahindra Scorpio, Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra XUV 500 and Mitsubishi Pajero going off the road in this video.
The video shows all the vehicles taking the same obstacle. Some of the vehicles are capable enough to do it without any problem while others have struggled through the course. We will remind you that the capability of any vehicle depends on the person behind the steering. Even a regular car can become very capable while a capable car can become regular depending on the driver.
Here is little information about the vehicles that you see in the video:
The Toyota Fortuner 4X4 is only available with the diesel engine option. It is powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 174 Bhp and 420 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Fortuner gets 4X4 high, 4X4 low ratio transfer case that makes it very capable. In fact, it is one of the cars that did the obstacle quite easily in the video. You can also get a petrol powered Fortuner in India but there is no 4X4 option available with it.
Tata Safari Storme
Tata Safari had a cult following, the Safari Storme is the successor of the vehicle and offers same capability with a much more comfortable cabin. The Safari Storme 4X4 is powered by a VARICOR 400 engine. It generates a maximum power of 154 Bhp and peak torque of 400 Nm. The Safari Storme gets 4X4 high and 4X4 Low transfer case with a fly-on-the-shift knob. There is a lower powered version of the Safari Storme available too.
The tried and tested Mahindra Scorpio has been around for a while now. In the new Scorpio, the 4X4 option is only available with the top-end S11 variant. The Scorpio 4X4 is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that generates a maximum of 140 bhp and 320 Nm. Earlier, the Scorpio was available with 120 Bhp – 280 Nm engine. The Scorpio seen in the video is an older version. It gets a 4X4 low ratio transfer case with the fly-on-the-shift feature.
Mahindra XUV 500
Mahindra XUV 500 started the segment in its time. The vehicle became extremely popular and still sells in good numbers in the market. The XUV AWD is only available with the W10 variant now. Earlier it was available with the W8 variant too. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel produces a maximum of 138 Bhp – 330 Nm. XUV 500 does not get the low ratio transfer case but it gets AWD lock, that keeps the 4X4 engaged all the time.
Mahindra Pajero SFX
The good old Pajero SFX started the premium SUV segment in India. The Pajero SFX is no longer available in the market. It was powered by a 2.8-litre engine that generated 118 Bhp and 292 Nm. The Pajero gets a 4X4 low ratio transfer case. The vehicle seen here gets aftermarket alloys and tyres, which may have decreased the capabilities of the vehicle.