Off-roader Comparo - Mahindra Thar Vs Tata Safari Storme Explorer

Wednesday 05 February 2014, 11:21 AM by

Wandering off to nowhere is an experience in itself. It is rightly said that you do not know what Off-roading means until you have done it yourself! The Mahindra Thar and Tata Safari Storme Explorer are two amazing machines from the Indian manufacturer's line that has been tuned to tackle unexpected road blocks in your off roading journey.

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Thar Mahindra Left Side

The Mahindra Thar available in three variants – DI 4x2, DI 4x4, and the CRDe 4x4 with AC. Thar is the first four wheel drive from Mahindra to be powered by BS IV CRDe engine and having a soft-top. The car is powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that generates an impressive 105 bhp with 247 Nm of torque. The car's engine is mated to a five-speed gear-box. The 4x4 variant gets a Borg Warner manual shift with low reduction gear. The car boasts about a Drive by wire technology, which supposedly helps in driving a quicker and better controlled throttle response. Surprisingly Mahindra Thar does not come with a power-steering, but the steering wheel is big enough to ease the efforts required while making a turn. The car gets disc brakes in the front with nine-inch boosters and drum brakes at the rear wheels. The design reminisces of those good old Jeep days. The side indicators have found spot on wheel arches, this has been done to retain the old school charm. Moreover this is also cost effective. Classic round headlights adorn the front fascia. The tyres are now broader and are well seated over a set of alloys. The rectangular front frame can be dropped onto the bonnet during your jungle safari trips! The Mahindra Thar is a three door off-roader, two doors at the front and one at the rear.

Tata Safari Storme

The freshest from the Safari line is the Safari Storme Explorer edition. The SUV is powered by 2.2 litre that generates an impressive power of about 140 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. Moreover, the Tata Safari Storme Explorer edition has shed the previously used DICOR technology and has received a VariCOR (Variable Turbine Technology) engine. This car has been launched to appease its off-roading fans. The newer version comes with bolder front nudge guard, 'Explorer Edition' decals on the sides and bonnet of the car. Moreover, the car also sports a door visor, which is helpful during monsoon or while driving at high speeds. The feature that truly makes it an explorer is a roof-mounted Canopy-lets, letting you head off to the remotest corner and explore the jungle!

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