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SUVs for off-road adventures

Last updated on: April 8, 2010 15:47 IST

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As the summer vacation season shifts into high gear, it is time to get away from the normal routine of the life to luxuriate in some of the cool hill-stations of India.

Travelling for pleasure, adventure as well as relaxation is becoming a growing trend. Driving a sport utility vehicle to your destination ahead will definitely gives you both adventure and relaxation that deserve a mention.

One such destination where adventurers like to tread on their powerful SUVs is Leh Ladakh.

Tata Safari
One of the most popular SUVs taken on this trip is the Tata Safari. This power-machine by Tata comes with a 2.2L, 16V diesel engine produces 140hp at 4000 rpm and 320Nm torque, which gives it enough power to take on the trying terrain.

Tata Safari's day-night visibility instrumental panel and reliable safety features like airbags, antilock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution and reverse guide system go a long way in assisting the driver.

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Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio is another SUV that people prefer taking for their off-road adventures.

This off-roader by Mahindra comes with a SZ 2600 plus DI diesel engine capable of generating 109 bhp power and 26 kgm torque that helps the car to steer across rough paths. Scorpio's petrol version has Renault's 116 bhp engine.

The car has efficient ABS breaking system and the excellent suspension to make the journey through rocky terrain a lot bearable.

Another baby out of Mahindra's stable that has been taken on wild off road journeys is the Mahindra Bolero.

The Mahindra Bolero has a 2498 cc diesel engine which with a 5-speed transmission that delivers a massive punch and yet it is fuel efficient.

The car's features like map pockets on the doors, mobile charging socket, relocated handbrake, bucket seats and the ergonomic styling of the drivers console teamed with the SUVs power help conquer all tough terrains.

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Toyota Fortuner

People have also started taking some of their slightly higher-end SUVs like Toyota Fortuner to places like Leh and Ladakh.

The Fortuner has Toyota's most popular 3.0L diesel engine with five speed manual transmission gearbox with 4WD.

The Fortuner is an impressive and powerful SUV that has a very strong road presence because of its muscular body.

It comes with features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP and is not only high on luxury but the overall engineering of the car makes it a decent off-road vehicle too.

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