These are real SUVs - meaning, they have All Wheel Drive of Four Wheel Drive transmissions.
The latest Thar opens the world of 4x4 adventures to a broader audience. It comes in two variants, AX and LX, with options for both petrol and diesel engines. Prices start at Rs 14 lakhs (ex-showroom).
1. Mahindra Thar 4x4
2. Maruti Suzuki Jimny
India's newest and most budget-friendly 4x4 SUV, with 15,000 reservations before launch. Price yet to be announced but expected at Rs 12 lakh. Equipped with Suzuki AllGrip Pro system for versatile off-roading.
In-demand and not limited to the top spec. Z4 variant offers 4x4 capability at around Rs 17.19 Lakh (Ex-showroom), with a choice of a 2.0L turbo petrol or 2.2L diesel engine and 6-speed manual/automatic.
3. Mahindra Scorpio N Z4 4X4
An affordable AWD SUV, features the AllGrip system. Priced at Rs. 16.89 lakh (ex-showroom), it packs a capable 1.5L petrol engine with mild hybrid, 5-speed manual, and optional 6-speed auto.
4. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara AWD
Akin to Grand Vitara. Starting at Rs 7.19 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it's equally capable. Two petrol options, including a strong hybrid with 115 Ps combined power and a 25 km electric-only range.
5. Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder AWD
A Mahindra Thar rival, with a potent 2.6L BS6 turbo diesel engine, delivering 91 Ps & 250 Nm torque for a rugged 4x4 adventure. Priced at Rs. 13.59 lakhs (ex-showroom).