Even though the popularity of the SUVs is rising in India and new models are being launched in the market every other month, there are only a few true SUVs that can be taken off the tarmac roads. Most of the SUVs sold in the market today are 4X2 vehicles that offer an intimidating look on the road as well as a high ground clearance with a comfortable ride but they sure cannot do rock climbing. There are a few good old capable SUVs that have been around for a long time and can take on most kinds of challenging surfaces. Here is a set of such SUVs that make climbing on the stairs look like a super easy job.
Force Gurkha is one of the most underrated SUVs in the Indian market. It has now been discontinued and will be launched in an all-new avatar very soon but even the older model of the SUV was extremely capable. Here is a video of the Force Gurkha climbing on a long staircase without breaking a sweat. The video is from 2013, and the Gurkha seen here came powered by a 2.6-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 85 Bhp and peak torque of 230 Nm. The Gurkha comes with low-ratio transfer case too.
The Pajero has a lot of enthusiastic fans in India but the vehicle remains unpopular when compared to the likes of high successful Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in India. The Mitsubishi Pajero is a highly capable vehicle and can reach the most extreme places. This video shows the Pajero SFX, which was one of the most popular models of the vehicle in India. The vehicle can be seen climbing on the stairs without any problem.
Mahindra Thar is undoubtedly one of the most popular SUVs in the Indian market. Mahindra recently unveiled an all-new version of the SUV but there are still many who love the way the older Thar way much more than the latest iteration. The Thar is an iconic SUV and is also loved by the enthusiasts for its simple mechanicals and rugged build quality. Here is a video that shows the Mahindra Thar taking on the stairs and winning at it.
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The Toyota Fortuner has been around for more than a decade in the Indian car market. The full-size SUV that is also the best-selling vehicle in the segment is quite capable in the 4X4 version. The Fortuner 4X4 comes powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine and even the automatic variants of the vehicle offer optional 4X4 with low-ratio transfer case.
The Mahindra MM540 is the SUV that led to the birth of the Mahindra Thar. The highly capably SUV is still around and is owned by many enthusiasts across India. There are many heavily modified versions of the MM540 in India too. Here is a video that shows the humble SUV taking on the stairs.