The car community is never restricted to a specific kind or type of vehicle. Hence in a car meet, you’ll see a ton of people from tuners to ricers. But apart from them, there exist a different kind of people who like to go off-road, hence they customize their vehicles for a different purpose. And these vehicles ought to have a 4×4 system from the factory. So, here we count down 10 such cars that used to offer 4×4 drivetrain in the past. (In no particular order)
The cheapest car to sport a 4X4 drivetrain on the list was the Renault Duster. Well, one should not go on the price as the vehicle had outstanding off-road capabilities. The dynamics of the vehicle do not end there as Duster AWD got a multilink suspension at the rear.
Meaning? The ride quality was exceptional on any kind of road. This drive train coupled with a 110ps engine, the vehicle was indeed a masterpiece. We wish the car makes a comeback with this drivetrain.
Next to have the go-anywhere attitude was the Scorpio. Well, if you are not aware Scorpio had a 4X4 drivetrain a while back. But surprisingly Mahindra decided to ditch it and now the ever expensive Scorpio comes with RWD configuration only. The engine in the 4X4 used to generate 120ps of max power which was delivered to the wheels at a fairly low RPM making the SUV a good off roader. Should Mahindra get the Scorpio back with 4X4? let us know.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Can you imagine Maruti Suzuki too had a 4X4 SUV? Well, Suzuki cars are known to have a really good ride and handling along with powerful and potent petrol engine and Grand Vitara is one such example. Because of the versatile drivetrain, the Grand Vitara was and still is used in rally racing and going on off-road trails. Additionally, to do all the fun stuff Suzuki Grand Vitara had to be customized to suit the owner’s requirements. Next, the adventure is out there.
It is right to say that the new Tata Safari is no right anymore? Well, this is what we think. Tata Safari has and will always be an icon in the car community in India. It was Tata Safari Storm, that used to come with a body on frame chassis along with an RWD system (majorly).
Besides that, there was also an option of a 4X4 drivetrain. But it is sad to report all of those goodies and toys are no more in the vehicle. The new Tata Safari is a mere people’s mover with an FWD drivetrain. Also, we are not aware will Tata bring back Safari into its glory.
Sadly, the next vehicle to go extinct is the Tata Xenon. Though the commercial version of the vehicle still is a part of Tata’s portfolio by the name of Yodha, but it misses out on the 4X4 drivetrain. The Xenon was one of the first family pickup truck in India with all the basic amenities.
Isuzu D-Max V-cross
Next in the line is another pickup truck, Isuzu D-Max V-cross. The vehicle was available until the BS6 were implemented after which it was discontinued. Now, it’s been almost a year and we still see no V-cross. Nevertheless, Isuzu D-Max was the weapon of choice for those seeking only off-roading. Modifications like a lift kit and upgraded suspension with tyres were like the standard kit making the vehicle somewhat road illegal.
Mahindra XUV500 AWD
The SUV that aided Mahindra in gaining back its market in India is the XUV500. This family car has been a part of the company’s portfolio for a long now and desperately needs an overhaul. Although Mahindra did push a couple of facelifts of the vehicle with time.
But it is really depressing to report, that Mahindra in updating the vehicle, made some unwanted changes. To being with, XUV500 is an FWD vehicle meaning, it is a soft-roader. But some hooligans opted to go for AWD which the car had on offer earlier. But alas, this is not the case now as the AWD variant has been put to rest.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
There are two things that pop in our head when we talking about Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, the Indian Army and Rally Racing. This is because the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy was built for a purpose and that’s versatility. With the low range 4X4 gearbox and a short wheelbase, Gypsy faired quite the companion in uneven terrains. But sadly, the company has no more Gypsy in their line-up. But there are speculations that Maruti might bring the Gypsy’s successor Jimny into the Indian market. Let’s wait and watch!
Mahindra brought the Ssangyong brand to the Indian market and the first vehicle to come was the Rexton. For the price at which the SUV was launched it offered a really great value. Ssangyong Rexton got a powerful engine along with capable chassis making the vehicle go anywhere as stock. By slapping some advanced mods like better tyres and suspension gave the SUV some serious capabilities.
Coming to the SUV that started the compact SUV segment here in India, Skoda yeti. Yeti is considered the true underdog, as the vehicle was capable of a lot but was not able to prove it. That said, Skoda Yeti came with an exceptional German-built coupled with a powerful engine and seamless transmission. In addition to that, the USP of Yeti is that it also came with a 4×4 drive train, which was quite interesting.
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These were the potent driver’s car that we totally miss. Let us know in the comment section, did we miss any car? Also, tell us which car is your favourite among these icons.