The Gypsy is the only petrol SUV on this list for the time being. What makes it special is the fact that it is very light and is nimble. Most of the Safaris that take place in the forests still use the Gypsy due to how easily it can cope with the rough stuff with minimal looking after. It can be had in both soft and hard top variants and is priced at Rs 6.23 lakhs ex-showroom.
While this is the most expensive vehicle on this list, it is no less capable. The Wrangler has been purposebuilt keeping ruggedness in mind. The doors and the roof can be removed at any point in time to give it an open to atmosphere feeling.
It has a proper 4×4 system which is very, very capable (India gets the Trail Rated version). You could even hose down the insides of your car if they become filthy. Prices start at Rs 71.59 lakhs.
Force Motors introduced the Gurkha to take on the Thar. While very few of them were sold, it was extremely capable and very rugged. It came with a snorkel as standard as well as mechanically locking differentials for the front and rear axles, a transfer case with low-ratios and AT tyres. This makes it a very capable and tough vehicle. Power comes from a 2.6 liter unit making 80 Bhp and 230 Nm
Force Trax Toofan
The Trax is also among the older UVs on sale in the country. It is huge and has been built as a people carrier, which can be easily seen by the fact that it has multiple rows of seating on offer. It is powered by a 2.6 liter engine, similar to that on offer in the Gurkha and produces 80 Bhp and 230 Nm. This vehicle is very popular in the rural areas for its ruggedness and its people carrying capability.
While most compact SUVs in the country are now built on a monocoque, the TUV continues to use the old school ladder on frame chassis. This shows how rugged the vehicle is. This in addition to the boxy and macho looks give the TUV a real rough and tough image.