The SUV market in India has grown tremendously in recent times. It is most preferred for its All Wheel Drive (AWD) capabilities along with strong segment space. Although this capability is generally not available in the SUVs of the affordable segment, but now this feature is being seen in the market in the range of 20 lakhs. Here is a list of top 5 affordable AWD cars in India current.
Mahindra Thar is the most affordable all wheel drive SUV in India , which is known for being the best off road car in its segment along with four wheel drive. Mahindra Thar gets the option of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 150bhp and a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 130bhp. Its ex-showroom price has been kept between Rs 13.53 lakh to Rs 16.03 lakh.
The Force Gurkha is also an affordable off road SUV with all wheel drive capabilities similar to the Thar. Available in the same segment, both these vehicles give tremendous competition to each other.
Although, the Gurkha is more in length and height, but the Thar is greater in width. Gurkha has a 2.6-liter diesel engine taken from Mercedes-Benz, which gives 90bhp power. The starting ex-showroom price of Force Gurkha is Rs 14.49 lakh.
Mahindra has further strengthened its portfolio with the launch of the new Scorpio-N. It is the most luxury SUV in its segment which offers all wheel drive capability in an affordable range. It gets two engine options. The first is a 2.0-litre petrol engine, which makes 200bhp and the second is a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which makes 172bhp. The Scorpio-N price ranges from Rs 11.99 lakh to Rs 21.75 lakh.
Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Highrider
Apart from these, mid-size hybrid SUVs introduced by Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Kirloskar in the last months will also be launched with all wheel drive capability. The number one car company of the Indian automobile market, Maruti, is soon going to launch its Grand Vitara and Toyota its Urban Cruiser Highrider to show its dominance in the SUV segment. According to media reports, both these cars can be the most economical option with AWD capability.