Going on mountain road trips
can be an exciting proposition, but before setting off on the trip it is really
important to choose the right car in order to make the journey an enthralling
experience. It not only makes the trip comfortable but ensures that it you come
back with cherished memories. The mountain terrains are vastly different from
what you find on the plains. Thus, one needs to wisely choose the right vehicle
to avoid any trouble during the trip. Mountains roads can be tricky, which in
turn requires that the vehicle is very capable and sturdy.
Let’s explore the list of
cars suitable to be taken on a mountain trip.
1. Mahindra Thar
The new 2020 model of the
Thar is a big step up from the previous generation model. The interior which
was the biggest disadvantage of the older generation is now the biggest
advantage of the new model. The cabin is way more practical and premium now,
loaded with new technology.
The new engines of the Thar
are now more powerful and they are also very efficient. The new BS6 2020 Thar
is backed up with features like on-demand 4×4 differential, high and low
ranges, etc. that makes it a suitable option for off-roading journeys. Coming
with an approach angle of 41.8 degrees, departure angle of 36.8 degrees, ramp
over angle of 27 degrees along with water wading depth of 650 mm, the Mahindra
Thar can be without a doubt taken on adventure trips.
2. Force Gurkha
The Force Gurkha has all the
features making it the right choice for rugged mountain roads. It comes in a
hard top variant as well as soft-top model with the flexibility of 4X2 and 4X4
variations. The SUV is a stylish yet powerful desi Wrangler that has upfront
classy air intake and is powered by a 2596cc diesel engine conferring the power
of 85hp and 230 Nm. It is an ultimate raw machine supported with a high
clearance of 205 mm and 16-inch all-terrain tyres offering more reliability and
rigidity to the vehicle. Therefore, Force Gurkha is a practical SUV having
design inspiration from Mercedes Benz Wagon AMG which makes it a suitable fit
for adventures and expeditions. Adding on to the advantages, Force Gurkha SUV
is presented in two variants namely Xpedition 4X2 (5-door version) and Xplorer
4X4 (3 door version).
3. Jeep Wrangler
Over the years there has been
an up-gradation of the off-road SUV making it more refined and comfortable
while retaining capabilities for a smooth run on the rugged off-road terrains.
It is versatile enough to easily switch
from 2WD to 4WD depending on the terrain with the help of the full-time mode
Selec-Trac 4X4 System feature. The 2-litre diesel engine is highly efficient at
producing 268 bhp along with 400Nm torque supported by 8-speed automatic
Jeep Wrangler is a precision
off-road SUV given to its wide gamut of features like high air intake
placement, sealed electric connections, and moisture-resistant body openings
that are responsible for wading through streams, creeks, and puddles.
Additionally, it is backed up with an impressive 9.7 inches ground clearance,
and the suspension and axle articulation ensures maximum traction while
overcoming any obstacle by keeping the car on the ground.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler
Rubicon 392 is a step ahead and portrays sheer off-road capability that is
powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine producing 470 hp and 470 pound-feet of
4. Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Fortuner has emerged
as the unrivaled favorite in India for its dual on-road and off-road capacity.
The car has been designed consciously by combining the exteriors of an urban
SUV with the heart of a rugged pickup truck. The second-generation Fortuner
coming with appealing grandeur is even more adept at lording over the uneven
terrain. The diesel engine comes with an optional automatic transmission with
the choice of 2755cc diesel (177 PS / 420 Nm) and 2694cc petrol (166 PS / 245
Nm) engine. The safety features along with loads of off-road features - Active
Traction Control, Electronic Drive (2WD/4WD) Control, Hill Assist Control in
4X2, Downhill Assist Control in 4X4, Underbody Protector, and
Approach/Departure Angle of 0.51 rad / 0.44 rad just makes the trip to
mountains safe and comfortable.
5. Range Rover Sport
The ability to combine
high-end luxurious amenities with off-road features makes Range Rover Sport
from Land Rover the best option for being taken on the mountain trip. The Hill
Descent Control, 34.7° / 29.6° approach and departure angles, 35.4 inches
wading depth, Two-Speed Transfer Case, Low-Traction Launch, and Electronic Air
Suspension all feature the requirements for going on uneven, rugged roads.
6. Mercedes Benz G-Wagon
Though the G-Class Mercedes
vehicle also referred to as G-Wagon is well known for riding the A-list
celebrity style, making everyone’s eye hooked on the car, it is equally
impressive for off-roads, rock climbing, and towing. It brings out the perfect
confluence of plush comfort and luxury inside with unmatchable performance on
extreme off-roading adventures. The combination of a 2.91:1 low gear ratio is
well adept at providing more torque multiplication at slow, off-road speed. The
traction control is excellent with a Twin-Turbo V8 engine supported by
All-Wheel Drive, Three locking differentials, which means excellent traction
control (making the G-Wagon a famously great rock-crawler). Also, some models
are equipped with terrain management systems that automatically adjust the
shocks and have the availability of off-roading high-end tire options.
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