We have always considered the Maruti Suzuki Alto as a small city hatchback, as it has a smaller engine and the safety rating isn’t that great. But in hilly areas, the alto is used as the primary car. Yes, Alto is used more there than any other SUV. Taxi drivers use it primarily as it is cheap to maintain and basically, the car can handle the hilly areas easily. Now, there is a video released on youtube by a vlogger on this channel named DCV Expeditions where it can be seen that several cars including the Mahindra Thar, Mahindra Scorpio N, and Mahindra XUV700. Moreover, a purple Alto joins them, it can be observed that the Alto was pushed at certain times. But The YouTuber states that new people will find this foolish that Alto is driven on this type of road, but he clears that it is required to push the car many times to reach the destination. He also mentions that it’s not just about how capable the car is, the experience of the driver does. Imagine you are given Mahindra Thar to drive on an off-road track, but you don’t have experience of driving on off-roads, in the same way, the experience is also important and not just the car.
Specifications of the cars used in the video
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Starting with the Maruti Suzuki Alto itself, the current generation alto is powered by an 800cc 3cylinder petrol engine that produces 47bhp and 69nm of torque. The engine is mated with the 5-speed gearbox. It is now discontinued as after the recent BS6 Phase 2 came into act.
Mahindra Thar currently is offered in two different engine options for the two different drive terrains, the RWD variant gets a 1.5L turbocharged diesel engine that produces 115ps of maximum power and as a petrol engine, it gets a turbocharged 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that produces 150ps of maximum power. Moreover, the 4X4 variant gets a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that produces 150ps of power and it also gets a diesel engine that is a 2.2L turbocharged diesel engine that produces 130ps of maximum power. All these engine cars are available in both MT and AT gearboxes.
The Mahindra Scorpio-N has 2 engine options, the 2.0L Turbocharged petrol engine that produces 200bhp of maximum power and 370nm of maximum torque. The 2nd engine option is the 2.0L Diesel turbocharged engine that produces 172bhp of maximum power and 370nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated with both MT and AT gearboxes
The Mahindra XUV700 is available in 2 engine options that are diesel and petrol engine. The diesel 2.2L Turbocharged engine produces 153bhp and 360nm of torque while the petrol 2.0L turbocharged engine produces 195bhp and 380nm of torque. This engine’s specifications are available with the MX variant. The AX variant is offered with the same petrol engine but with the diesel engine, it produces more power that is 182bhp and 420nm of torque.