Engage 4x4 Issue #006: Exploring the idea of Freedom from the driver's seat of the Mahindra Thar!
From its wild stallion characteristics to its ability to get you from the desert sands of Jaisalmer to the snowy mountains of the Himalayas in 24 hours flat, we have done all sorts of epic things with the Mahindra Thar. We have even talked about the Thar lifestyle in many ways. The one thing we hadn’t talked about in too much depth was Freedom. Until now. In this issue, celebrating India’s 75th year of Independence, Editor Sirish Chandran delves deep under the surface to understand what the Thar meant from the perspective of Freedom. In addition, we settle one of the oldest debates of the off-road community - 4WD vs AWD and offer a sneak peak into Mahindra’s state-of-the-art design centre in the UK. We also take a close look at the Born Electric phenomenon and back it all up with a drive of the XUV400 and Scorpio Classic. All that, and a helluva lot more.
The Thar is so much about functionality. Every single aspect of the Thar smacks of functionality. Yet, the Thar symbolises so much more than just functionality and practicality. It is, literally, the four-wheeled pictograph of Freedom.
4WD vs AWD
We get talking to Pratap Bose to get the real lowdown on Mahindra’s spanking new design centre in the UK.
Mahindra Born Electric
Electrifying stuff from Mahindra as Born Electric becomes the catchphrase for the company’s drive into a sustainable future.
Between the now and the then, we present Mahindra’s new offering in the burgeoning EV space - the XUV400.
Longewala War Memorial
Can a Mahindra bust a tank? Well if you have a handful armed with the right weapons, you’d be able to route an enemy tank force. That is exactly what the museum in Longewala tells us.
Scorpio to Azerbaijan
In the second part of this mother of a throwback, Sirish remembers what it was like driving through Azerbaijan.
Scorpio Green Drive Project
Drive around and turn the planet green. Or at least that is the intention of the Scorpio-N Green Drive.
Another crazy throwback to the time when resident looney Ouseph took the stripped-of-all-comforts, angry orange Super Thar to the forbidden heights of the Mana Pass.
Mahindra Adventure Monastery Escape
Exploring the lure of Ladakh by taking a close look at this year’s Monastery Escape.
Rain Forest Challenge
Excitement peaks as off-road enthu-cutlets fight for the ultimate prize, the top seat at the Rain Forest Challenge.
Mahindra Design Concepts
Designer Mahindras. Ever heard of them? No? Well, yet another reason to pick up this issue of Engage 4x4.
The final part of the hunt for a diesel motor, in this issue’s Timeless Mahindra
Driving in the Snow
Top tips on driving in the snow
Agent Vinod investigates the differences between terrain modes
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