Wars have an impact, only when the competing are both the mightiest. From the epics of Mahabharata to the present-day unarmed rivalry between MNCs, the best of wars were, are and will be among the best and the mightiest. On road, among light duty vehicles range the Mahindra Bolero Pickup, and the Tata Yodha, fighting the ultimate war of service, performance and user-friendliness.
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On one side, stands strong the Tata Yodha, a high performance commercial truck with a payload capacity of 1 to 1.5 tonnes and a flat loading area, to enable loading with ease. It finds plenty of usage in transport of fresh goods, in tea gardens and in constructions sites too. The truck’s day cabin, is designed to be slick and comfortable to provide maximum comfort for drivers who spend long, tiresome hours driving. Yodha’s design, makes it easier for it to work on different terrains. Shortly, Yodha is an all-rounder.
Never the less, on the other hand stands the Mahindra Bolero Pickup, with striking features of its own. With a maha pick-up, added with a robust chassis, strong axle and suspension, it has the ability of conquering any contour with utter ease. Although with no actual designed cabin, the deck body gives the truck extra space to carry load efficiently. With a payload matching up to that of the Yodha, the Bolero Pickup is no way too less comparatively.
Talking about the design of the trucks, they differ in many aspects, still having benefits of their own. Yodha’s has a cabin with load body, while the Bolero Pickup has a deck body. Taking into concern the chassis type and the cabin type, the Yodha has a chassis with a day cabin, while the Bolero Pickup has a monocoque chassis with no cabin. Both the trucks offer tiltable cabins and 4×4 axles. The payloads of the rucks are moer or less the same, while the kerb weights differ by 50 kilograms with the Yodha leading it with a payload of 1850 kg.
Though the designs had a tough race, the comfort in the Bolero Pickup wins over the Yodha’s comfort with slight inclusions. Both the trucks offer a power steering, and also have the comforts of A/C, cruise control, navigation system, driver display, etc. The Bolero Pickup lacks telematics unlike the Yodha, but scores higher, having included with tiltable steering and a standard arm-rest, both of which the Yodha lacks.
Safety elements in both the trucks compete on track. Yodha has a disc-drum brake, while the Bolero Pickup has a disc brake. The front and rear suspensions of the Yodha are semi elliptical leaf springs(6 leaves) and innovative two stage semi elliptical leaf springs(9 leaves) respectively, while that of the Bolero Pickup are independent spring coil and parabolic leaf spring, respectively. With both having tubeless tyres, Bolero Pickup shows itself slightly higher with the inclusion of fog lights that aren’t present in Yodha.
The performance of both the trucks push the buyer into a critical position choosing one of either. With 4 engine cylinders, manual transmission, single plate dry clutch, both the trucks give a tough fight on road. Inspite of the level competition, the Bolero Pickup slightly trails back in mileage by just 1 km and in torque by 200-500 rpm, but paces fast ahead with a 6-speed gearbox unlike the Yodha with a 5-speed one, a fuel tank of capacity 57 litres exceeding that of the Yodha by 12 litres, max power of 3200 rpm that is slightly over that of Yodha’s. Not just that, but the Yodha’s speed also doesn’t make up to the 110km/h of the Bolero Pickup.
Thus, both, The Tata Yodha, and The Mahindra Bolero Pickup, have edges over the other in certain aspects. But analysing them as a whole, compete with eachother without giving up, but giving the analyser a tough time on deciding the best. Neither of them give in a chance to let the other pace ahead. This, is thus, the Ultimate War on road!