Even though Indian car enthusiasts have started to popularise hardcore off-roading to the mass segment, most SUV owners stay out of dirt and mud. However, there are a few crazy owners who use their SUVs instead of tractors as farm equipment and it is absolutely astonishing. Here are five SUVs sweating it out in the fields in India, mostly Punjab.
The good-old Mahindra Thar is a popular vehicle in the off-roading circuit of India. Seen here is a Thar that is pulling a harrow through the fields. The Mahindra Thar is a potent SUV that can be driven to extreme conditions. The new Thar is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces a maximum of 105 Bhp and 247 Nm. It gets a 4X4 system with a low-ratio transfer case.
It is a luxury SUV in India because of its steep price tag. The Montero is the most expensive Mitsubishi SUV that you can buy in India and the price is close to Rs. 1 crore. It is powered by a 3.2-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum of 189 Bhp and 441 Nm of peak torque.
The Mahindra Scorpio has established itself over the years. The rugged SUV is the favourite of many customers who want a daily car with good off-roading capabilities. Seen here is a new-generation Mahindra Scorpio successfully carrying a harrow around the field. The Scorpio is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 120 Bhp and 280 Nm. The newer Scorpio gets a bump in power. The 4X4 Scorpio also gets low-ratio transfer case.
The Fortuner remains the undisputed king in the segment since it was introduced in the Indian market. The seven-seater SUV offers the no-fuss ownership that attracts many buyers. Here is a Toyota Fortuner that can be seen pulling a harrow equipment in the fields. The SUV is doing the job quite well. This is the old generation Fortuner that was powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine. It produces 169 Bhp and 343 Nm. The Fortuner also gets a shift-on-fly low ratio transfer case.
Tata Safari Storme
Tata has discontinued the Safari in the Indian market but the successor, the Safari Storme, is still available in the market. The Safari is a popular name in the Indian car market and it has been around for a long time now. Here is a Tata Safari Storme that can be seen doing the field work without any problem. The Safari Storme is available with two engine options, but the 4X4 version only gets the Varicor 400 engine. The 2.2-litre engine produces a maximum of 154 Bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. It also gets a low-ratio transfer case.