Mahindra Axe review: Mahindra defense vehicle road test
This street check was initially revealed in the September 2007 difficulty of Autcar India.
Why never you try out this a person,” he suggests, egging us on gently. We glance more than our shoulders to a steep climb that potential customers to a form of ledge 10 feet earlier mentioned the dust route underneath. Naturally, we have misunderstood.
We search again at him, but he smiles, nods and gesticulates in the similar way, pointing to the prime. Undoubtedly this ex-army male and tank commander has taken leave of his senses most likely the outcome of all those high-velocity tank shells currently being fired only inches absent from his head. All that pounding will have to have left a deep scar, mainly because the only way we can get up that slope ourselves is on all fours! Nevertheless, he seems to be self-assured. Some head-scratching, soul-looking and dry gulps later on, we gingerly position the Axe in the way of the ridge.
There is no worry of grounding the nose, as the angle of attack at the front is an just about wall-climbing 70 levels and ground clearance is a lofty 350mm.
So we find 4-wheel-push reduced and electric power up the pile of rocks and shale, as the nose of the Axe details skywards, the motor rumbling and booming absent. The Axe’s large off-street tyres claw the earth and it edges ahead. . . but then stops. By now the angle of our ascent below is so steep, our excess weight is equally distributed between the backrest and the seat, and there is nothing at all to see ahead, only sky!
“Use a lot more electric power and a lot more velocity the future time,” yells our performing drill sergeant and this time the Axe does make it, like a big lizard clambering, scrambling up a rock confront. This is an off-roader, absolutely sure, but no a person stated nearly anything about rock climbing. Impressed? We ended up shocked! And this was only the commencing. Only a person aspect of this vehicle’s large efficiency envelope.
In the earlier, Autocar India has examined our Indian-designed Key Struggle Tank, the Arjun and Hindustan Aeronautics’ Highly developed Light Helicopter. This time we have anything a lot more terrestrial and acquainted, but equally Indian. And never assume this automobile is any a lot less exotic or beguiling in comparison. It may possibly search like a cross between a taxi driver’s worst nightmare and the acquainted American Humvee, and which is what it is, but beneath its rough exterior is plenty of high-tech to make a Bentley blush.