Vehicle manufacturers today have gone easy and soft on SUVs and most of the Offroaders and pickup trucks have started to prioritize more on fuel efficiency and rider comfort, as opposed to off-road ruggedness. And that makes sense too, for majority of the customers. But true offroaders live to experience the bumps and a drive through muddy waters. There are plenty of those too.
We bring you a few such 4x4s that do not compromise the authenticity of a truck, with you not having to worry about taking the road less travelled:
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition
This beautiful, small convertible was made by the German carmaker from 1999 to 2003. James Bond was its first customer, outside of the BMW factory, of course. Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond in the movie The World is Not Enough, drove around in this little beauty. The BMW Z8 got its thunder from the 5.0-liter V8 engine and had a 6-speed manual transmission. This car however was not very driver-friendly and thus rightly got sliced in half with a hacksaw in the movie. But nonetheless it is definitely a looker, every time it passes you by.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Very few SUVs have gone on to become synonymous with 4WD off road driving. The Toyota Land Cruiser is one such name. Over time, the Land Cruiser has become bigger in terms of size, price of the vehicle and also the in-car features. Be that as it may, the engineers at Toyota have never let the Land Cruiser lose its off road capabilities. With a V8 engine giving it a 381hp, the Land Cruiser almost flies over even the worst terrain. And the best part about this is that the fuel efficiency is not at all that bad, with a 34.9mpg on its 3.0-Liter combined fuel engine. This is a real tough guy, built to withstand the extremes and also powerful enough to drive you out of any hostile and cruel environments.
Originally intended and designed for the defense forces around 1970, the G500 is still true to its roots even after decades. It definitely is a modern luxury Mercedes, with all the glitter and glamour and class. But underneath all of the leather, radar cruise control and wood, this one is totally old-school. This SUV can be considered as solid as a Tank, but then on the streets the story is different. To sum it up, if you're a UN peacekeeper in the African continent or in the military, you shouldn't think too much if you can afford to get a pass into the luxury club. But for regular everyday-use, the G500 falls short and feels compromised.
The Mahindra Thar is probably the most prominent and iconic SUVs/Trucks to have prowled the street of India. Brought into production in 2010, the Thar has kept its rugged off roader feel alive, in fact focusing more on its off road capabilities than fuel economy, luxury or comfort. Mahindra has been a major player in the SUV industry, with its cars on the roads from big cities to small villages. The Thar was introduced as a Cult car, with the intention of attracting the off road fanatics and hardcore drivers, who are more interested in driving off the road than on it.