Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are cars which are used primarily for off-roading and come with Four Wheel Drive (FWD) capabilities. An SUV is favored by individuals who are interested in undertaking long journeys regularly and need a robust vehicle that can handle adverse conditions with utmost ease. Apart from the mass-market, there’s a growing tribe of SUV enthusiasts in India. Here are eight affordable SUVs that cater to their needs. India loves SUVs.
So let’s take a look……
1. Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
The ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross makes a powerful first impression with its aggressive design, perfect proportions and sculpted lines flowing from the side profile to the tailgate. It packs in the utility of a pickup and yet breaks away from the conventional boxy look. Add to this a confident earth-gripping stance, making it the first emotional pickup in the world. You get a massive vehicle that’s nearly 5.3 meters long for just 13.32 lakh rupees. The V-Cross can seat five adults in its double cab and is powered by a 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine putting out 134 Bhp-320 Nm. A five-speed manual gearbox and a shift-on-the-fly 4X4 transfer case are standard. Twin airbags and ABS are also part of standard equipment. The V-Cross has many after-market customization options, making it an extremely versatile, go-anywhere SUV. The sole pick-up truck on this list, the V-Cross is BIG on value.
2. Maruti Gypsy
It is the SUV that has won numerous rallies across India but most importantly is the companion of our protectors at borders – the Indian Army. Have you ever wondered why Indian Army relies so much on the Gypsy? Since the first time of induction, Indian Army has received over 31,000 units of the Gypsy. The legend of Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is deeper than any SUV available in India.
3. Force Gurkha
Styled on the lines of the legendary Mercedes G-Wagen, the Gurkha has a timeless appeal. The bold front fascia, new front and rear steel bumpers, clear lens headlamps and fog lamps, large ORVMs, sturdy and slip-resistant full-length footboard, increased the width and all-terrain tubeless tires lend the Gurkha a macho & bold presence. The Gurkha carries on with the 85hp, 2.6-litre diesel engine with the unit now BS-IV compatible and paired with a new five-speed manual gearbox sending power to either the rear or all four wheels. Of the two variants offered, the Xplorer is the serious off-roader and comes equipped with four-wheel drive with low range and locking front and rear differentials. The Xpedition, on the other hand, is rear wheel drive.
4. Renault Duster AWD
ts revolutionary new engine is tuned perfectly to generate exceptional power and torque. But power is nothing if it’s not delivered dynamically. That’s why the DUSTER’s new petrol engine comes mated with a state-of-the-art X-tronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). The DUSTER also comes with a powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine. Available in two avatars, the AWD variant is designed to adapt to any terrain while the 6-speed Easy-R AMT variant makes driving effortless even in the harshest conditions. With its astounding features, the new Renault DUSTER truly lives up to the term, the true SUV.
5. Mahindra Thar CRDe
It’s something that’s not as basic as a Gypsy. You get a powerful 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine with 105 Bhp-250 Nm on tap, a 5-speed manual gearbox, a 4X4 transfer case, air conditioning and a power steering. The Thar CRDe can be specified only with a canvas soft top though. The off-roader has a huge list of after-market custom parts, and nearly every Thar CRDe on Indian roads features some or the other customization. This off-roader is priced at Rs. 8.99 lakhs.
6. Tata Safari Storme 4X4
The Safari Storme 4X4 is also the most powerful 7 seat, affordable SUV with its 2.2-liter Varicor turbo diesel engine churning out 154 Bhp-400 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, and the Safari Storme 4X4 is a go-anywhere vehicle that is spacious, and comfortable. The SUV can seat 7 adults but is best used as a five-seater, with the jump seats at the rear folded to make for a massive luggage bay. The Safari Storme gets an electronic, shift-on-the-fly Borg Warner 4X4 transfer case with low and high ranges. Prices start from 15.34 lakhs, and for this much money, you also get safety features such as ABS and twin airbags – stuff that’s totally missing on the lower priced, enthusiast SUVs.