The Indian SUV segment is becoming more and more teeming with the increasing popularity of this type of vehicle with the Indian auto buyers. Most of the car buyers choose the vehicles with a two-wheel drive system because of the need and the price. Even the owners of the 4X4 vehicles do not use them for their original purpose. Off-roading is gradually becoming the trend in India with events transpiring more regular. Firstly, let’s watch this video which shows some India and international off-roaders in the Desert Challenge.
The event was organized at a curated track where many other off-road challenges have also taken place. The first vehicle to take the challenge is the Polaris RZR. Being All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV), disappointingly, it is not legal to be driven on the Indian roads. In the video, the Polaris RZR shows the fun-to-drive nature of an All-Terrain-Vehicle and travels through the whole course at a high speed without a problem. The Polaris RZR is imported to India through the CBU (Completely Built-Up) route, which contributes to its quite high starting price of INR 14 lakh, with which you can afford a good legal vehicle. However, the latter cannot manage to offer an amazing drive like the Polaris.
Being an ATV, the Polaris RZR perform well throughout the course
Toyota Hilux V8 pick-up truck is the next off-roader to encounter the challenge. While it shares the platform with the Toyota Fortuner, only the latter is officially available in the Indian auto market. Well-known for being a greatly reliable vehicle of Toyota, the Hilux is privately imported to India. The vehicle in this video gets some minor modifications like the snorkel and the aftermarket tyres. It also takes the challenge quite easily. However, a minor problem might occur due to its great length, which impacts its turning radius. It had to take a three-point when facing the tight turning challenge.
Despite a small problem when turning in tight corners, the Toyota Hilux completed the challenge quite successfully
After that, the Toyota Land Cruiser Series 80 faced the challenge. Discontinued in 1988, it was once a legendary vehicle of the Japanese automaker. Now, you can rarely catch sight of this vehicle on the Indian roads. The vehicle in the video is a comprehensively customized version of the car. It also easily takes the course but like the Hilux, it also experiences difficulty in turning at tight corners with three turns.
The heavily customized Toyota Land Cruiser Series 80 easily takes the course
Other off-roaders in the video include a an Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, a thoroughly modified old-gen Toyota Fortuner, an old-gen Jeep Cherokee inline 6 petrol, a Mahindra Bolero 4X4, and a Toyota Land Cruiser Series 100, all of which do not have trouble in taking the course. Surprisingly, the Mahindra Bolero 4X4, despite its lowest price, performed quite well throughout the challenge. The Mahindra Bolero 4X4 is powered by a Direct Injection 2.5L engine and misses out on an AC unit. The vehicle is an ideal option for those prefer to use a rugged vehicle on a daily basis. The Mahindra Bolero is particularly popular with car buyers in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities in India.
Despite its low price, the Mahindra Bolero 4WD also takes the challenge quite well
All of the above off-roaders, regardless of being legal or illegal in Indian roads, being discontinued or not, performed quite well in the Desert Challenge. Which one impresses you most? Share with us in the comment section below.