Mahindra Thar is designed for extreme off-roading conditions but how far should you really go to test its abilities?
In this video, a Mahindra Thar is seen crossing the flood water somewhere in Karnataka. The news is flooded with reports of torrential rains and subsequent floods in the state. The capital, Bengaluru in particular has suffered tremendously. Various parts of the city are inundated and the general public is suffering a lot. The Silicon Valley of India is facing exorbitant revenue losses due to long power cuts and the workers not being able to reach offices. Amidst all this, a Thar owner decided to ‘swim’ through the water in the SUV.
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Mahindra Thar in Flood Water
The video has been uploaded on YouTube. It shows a Mahindra Thar riding through a wide stream of water with a strong current. It looks dangerous for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is no visibility whatsoever. The area covered by the water is massive and the SUV has to stay in the water for a long time. Secondly, in such situations, there is always the risk of a hydrostatic lock where the electronics of the car could experience a malfunction and the doors could get locked/jammed. This would cause the passengers to get stuck.
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Needless to say, with such huge force, there is always the danger of the car being swept away by the water. Therefore, it is strictly advised not to take any car in the water, especially during such heavy floods. It doesn’t matter how capable you think your SUV is, no vehicle is designed for such calamities. Thankfully, in this case, the Thar seems to have crossed this hurdle without getting negatively affected. We urge our readers to NEVER attempt such stunts unnecessarily.
Mahindra Thar comes with 2 engine options, a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a 2-litre turbo-petrol. In the current-gen model, the oil-burner makes 130 PS/320 Nm of peak figures while the petrol makes 150 PS/320 Nm of max figures. Transmission options for both the powertrains are a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with a low-range box. You also get a transfer case and a mechanically locking centre differential. The prices range from Rs 13.53 lakh and Rs 16.03 lakh, ex-showroom. The 5-door version of the Thar has been spotted testing multiple times and the launch seems imminent in the coming months.
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