OFF THE BEATEN ROAD

FHM Fit|January 2020

OFF THE BEATEN ROAD
Carving your own path takes on a whole new meaning with these capable all-terrain vehicles.
PANCHAM BHARDWAJ

Everyone loves new beginnings and second chances, and the New Year represents the impulse to push past barriers and explore uncharted territories. In the automobile sector, this impulse is represented by tough all-terrain vehicles that are built to conquer any type of landscape they come across. These vehicles aren’t always the most comfortable, or aesthetically pleasing, but they do deliver on performance and capability in spades. Categorised for their torquey engines, reliable 4x4 systems and relative lack of creature comforts, these machines are often considered lifestyle purchases destined for use cases that are beyond the abilities of mass-market consumer cars.

In this segment, most vehicles also carry with them a legacy of off-road performance, proven in a multitude of rallies and championships that were designed to challenge the carefree nomad inside us all. The continued interest in this otherwise niche market is proof that there is a deep connection within the masses for these kinds of adventure vehicles. So much so, that dedicated communities of fans take it upon themselves to host special events just to test the mettle of their personally modified vehicles. If the dirt bug has bitten you as well, and you wish to start the New Year with an exciting new hobby, here is a look at what you can get at different price points.

MAHINDRA THAR

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January 2020