Here is part-II of the story:
Chevrolet introduced the Captiva, their flagship SUV in the Indian market hoping for success. Sadly, while the product was good, sales dwindled and the company later discontinued the Captiva and replaced it with the Trailblazer, which didn’t do too well either. If you are on the look out for a full-size 7 seat SUV which is adequately loaded, you can opt for the Captiva. We found an example for as low as Rs 3.0 lakh here: Link. Power came from a 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine that produced 150 Bhp and 320 Nm.
The Scorpio is the vehicle that set Mahindra in the passenger car segment. When it was first introduced, there was massive demand for the vehicle. Even now, the Scorpio still manages to outsell its competition by a large margin. The USP of the Scorpio is the technology on offer, coupled with the ruggedness and the butch looks. Also Mahindra is reputed in the rural areas, which sees a lot of sales. You can get a used Scorpio for as low as Rs 1.7 lakh, however those are the M2Di units and not the CRDe ones. The cheapest CRDe one we found was for Rs 2.10 lakh here: Link
The Tata Safari was the first Indian SUV to be on sale. When it was introduced, it had a monopoly till the Scorpio came along. The Safari has not changed much since its introduction, save for the improvement in technology and the engines. The vehicle continues to have the same USP, of being comfortable and capable off-road. You can find a lot of used examples on sale, as low as Rs 1 lakh. We found this 2008 2.2 Safari for Rs 2.0 lakh: Link.
The Nissan X-Trail is one forgotten SUV. When it was first introduced, came with a massive sun roof and had a 6-speed manual gearbox, things which were not common at that point in time. We found a 2007 model for sale at Rs 4.5 lakh here: Link. Power came from a 2.2 liter engine making 136 Bhp and 314 Nm. It was only on offer as a 5-seater version.
The Terracan was introduced in the Indian market in the early part of the previous decade. It was to establish Hyundai as a premium brand all around, rather than just as a small car manufacturer. The vehicle was powered by a 2.9 liter turbo diesel engine that produced 148 Bhp and 343 Nm, which was massive for that time. It was also equipped with a 4wd system. We found an example here for Rs 2.60 lakh: Link
What are the risks?
One thing that you should keep in mind though is that some of these SUVs may have a high cost of maintenance. The Gypsy, the Scorpio and the Safari will be easier to maintain as parts are easily available even now. The Pajero may also not be that tough to maintain, but spare parts will be on the expensive side, same as the CR-V. The Tucson and Terracan will be tough to maintain if the car isn’t in perfect condition. You will have to look for aftermarket parts as sourcing them from Hyundai will be tough. The Grand Vitara has a lot of after market parts available, which means service shouldn’t be an issue. The Captiva and the X-Trail too will be a little tough to maintain, given the small numbers the vehicle sold.