5 SUVs that make climbing stairs look so easy: Toyota Fortuner to Mahindra Thar [Video]

Most SUVs that are sold in India strictly adhere to the blacktop roads. However, SUVs are not made to live like that. We understand that many don’t have time to enjoy proper off-roading and most of the time they remain inside the city limits. While there are many kinds of challenges that the city landscape can throw at the capable off-roading vehicles, climbing the stairs is one of the most interesting things that an SUV can do inside the city limits. Here are five SUVs that have done it on the video and they make it look super easy.

Force Gurkha

The Force Gurkha is one of the most underrated SUVs in the Indian market. The Gurkha is extremely capable and has done some serious off-roading. Here is a Force Gurkha that can be seen climbing up a steep staircase without a problem. It is in the stock condition and the video shows it climbing the stairs like a champion without any hiccups. This is the older Force Gurkha and video is from 2013. The Gurkha came powered by a 2.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 85 Bhp and peak torque of 230 Nm. It also gets a low-ratio transfer case that ensures that the Gurkha can come out of extremely sticky situations like slush and mud without much problem.

Mitsubishi Pajero

Due to the popularity of the Toyota Fortuner in the Indian market, the Mitsubishi Pajero never gained popularity high popularity in the Indian market. However, it is an extremely capable SUV that can do wonders on the off-roading track. The Pajero SFX, which is the model seen in the video also looks extremely butch on the roads. Here is a video of the Pajero climbing the stairs without breaking a sweat.

Mahindra Thar

Here is a Mahindra Thar that can be seen cautiously climbing up the stairs. The Mahindra Thar has proven its worth and capability over the years. Here is a video of the Mahindra Thar climbing the stairs effortlessly. The driver of the vehicle can be seen doing it very cautiously though. The Mahindra Thar is an iconic car and is also the most modified four-wheeler in the Indian market.

Toyota Fortuner


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Toyota Fortuner is about to complete a decade of its existence in India. The full-size SUV has been the best-seller in the Indian market for a long time now and still is the best selling vehicle in the segment. Here is a new-generation Fortuner showing off its skills on the stairs. The Fortuner is available with both petrol and diesel engine options but the vehicle seen here is powered by the diesel engine. It gets the 2.8-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 164 Bhp and 245 Nm. The SUV also gets a 4X4 system with a low-ratio transfer case. The 29-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle makes the Fortuner do such challenging obstacles.

Mahindra MM540

The Mahindra MM540 is the predecessor of the Thar and is a quite capable vehicle. It can be seen in this video climbing up the stairs without a problem. The SUV can be seen ascending the flight of stairs without any problem.

Shantonil Nag

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