When it comes to off-roading, there are two types of people: those who love high-powered vehicles that may be a bit too heavy, and those who love lightweight off-roaders which may not be as powerful. Recently, showing the difference between these types of vehicles, a video has been shared online. In this video, the lightweight off-roader Maruti Jimny was made to compete against more powerful and heavier SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Hilux, Ford Endeavour, and Mahindra Thar, along with other SUVs in a desert.
Jimny vs. Other SUVs on Sand
The video of this off-roading showdown of various SUVs in the sand has come courtesy of Anshuman Bishnoi from YouTube. It starts off with a Mahindra Thar attempting an obstacle where there was a steep slope that had to be crossed with a little bit of momentum. The Mahindra Thar took around 2 attempts to clear this obstacle; meanwhile, the next contestant was the Jimny, which did it in its second attempt.
Next up, the other SUVs of the group, which were the heavier ones, attempted the same course. The first was the Toyota Hilux that took a couple of attempts and a driver change to cross the obstacle. Then there was the Mahindra Scorpio-N, Toyota Fortuner, and Ford Endeavour. All of these SUVs took multiple attempts and longer run-ups to cross the sand dune. There was another unique Toyota Fortuner equipped with a V8 petrol engine. As of now, not much information about the highly modified Fortuner is available.
Other Off-Road Course
Following this first course, these SUVs were made to perform even more hardcore off-roading. These SUVs had to go down a whirlpool-like sand dune and come out of it. Like the previous course, the Jimny excelled in this course as well. However, this time around, the heavier SUVs also did great, except for the Toyota Hilux which had to be once reversed and then reattempted.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny Off-Road Capabilities
Over the last few months, we have seen numerous people pushing the new Maruti Jimny to its limits by driving it on the most difficult off-road terrains. A number of videos have shown how capable an off-roader the new Jimny is. The main defining characteristic of the new Jimny is its lightweight and its small dimensions. It has been seen that this SUV triumphs over a number of more expensive models which compete with it in India.
Launched in June 2023, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny is being offered in two variants – Zeta and Alpha. Both these variants are available with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which claims 104 PS of power and 134.6 Nm of torque. Both these variants of Jimny are on sale with two transmission options – a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. Currently, the Jimny pricing starts at Rs 10.74 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 15.05 lakh.