Jeep is famous for their incredible off-road capability and endurability. In India, there is a wide range of Jeep models that range from very affordable of under 10 lakh to exorbitant price of above one crore. Here are our picks for the best Jeep cars in India.
Jeep has been fascinated many car lovers all around the world for its reliability, uncompromised off-roader DNA. Its signature and timeless look has become the dream of many, and the symbol of free spirit. In India, Jeeps models have become widely known under the badge of Mahindra for a while, not until 2016 did Jeep themselves enter the Indian market and introduce the righteous Jeeps car. Here is the list of thebest Jeep cars in India, whether it is Jeep-produced or Jeep-inspired.
1. Mahindra Thar
Price: 6.64 - 9.42 Lakh
Mahindra Thar debuted in 2010. In eight years, the Thar has gone through the one major generation change. The Thar resembles design Jeep’s timeless retro look with round headlamp, along with rugged bumper and boxy design element. It deeply reflects the design philosophy of the Jeep: simple but functional.
Mahindra Thar is well-loved, and it is even dubbed as one of the best off-roaders in India. The four-wheel drive system and a broad tire along with a substantial ground clearance have contributed to its excellent off-roading ability. And most importantly, it is the engine that is kept underneath. The Thar is powered by the 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that is able to develop 105bhp and 247Nm. The transmission duty is done by a 5-speed manual gearbox. This powerful engine is the main factors that help the Thar to iron out any tough terrain.
Mahindra Thar is one of the best also the most affordable off-roader available in India
This is another Jeep-inspired off-roader from Mahindra. The Bolero is one of Mahindra’s best-selling cars. The Bolero comes into six variants, including LX, EX, Plus, SLE, SLX and the ZLX. Recently, a sub-compact version of the SUV is introduced, named Power+. And power is delivered by either the 2.5-litre diesel engine or a 1.5 engine. These motors are good for 63bhp/180Nm, and 71bhp/195Nm, respectively.
Mahindra Bolero is a good option for an off-roader under 10 lakh mark
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is Maruti’s representative in the off-roader segment. It was among the long-standing Jeeps in India with a long history of three decades. However, the sad news is that it will be discontinued in the upcoming time as it is not likely to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. Booking for the Gypsy is stopped in December and its production will be phased out in March 2019. It is expected that the Gypsy will be replaced by Suzuki Jimny – the international version of the Gypsy.
Maruti Gypsy will be phased out in the near future, possibly being replaced by the Jimny
If you want to have one of the iconic Indian off-roaders, you should hurry up. The recent Gypsy draws power from a 1.3-litre petrol engine generating 80bhp of peak power and 103Nm of peak torque.
Mahindra has always been the leader in the segment of off-roaders. Besides the Thar and Bolero, Mahindra also taps into the area of more premium SUVs with the Scorpio. Sitting about the Bolero and Thar, Mahindra Scorpio falls into the price mark ranging from 10 lakh to 16.37 lakh.
Mahindra Scorpio is a premium option in Mahindra’s production portfolio
With the Scorpio, the tough face has made way for a milder and modern design, but still very Jeep-like. Moreover, it also comes with a feature-loaded cabin. Specifically, Mahindra Scorpio is equipped with some comfort creatures, such as:
Automatic projector headlamps with LED DRLs
Electrically adjustable ORVMs
Rain-sensing automatic wipers
Automatic climate control
6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with CD, DVD Player, Bluetooth Connectivity and Navigation
Tilt adjustable and controls-mounted steering
Rear parking camera with sensors and dynamic guidelines
Tyre pressure monitoring system
With such goodies, the Maruti Scorpio is absolutely a premium option for the Jeep-lovers.
Jeep has first entered with the Wrangler in 2016. Before that mark, the Wrangler is one of Jeep’s iconic car. It inherits the design of the legend Willy’s Jeep with the circular headlamp and vertical front grill, and extra flared arches. The Wrangler gets the best of both worlds. A classic but posh exterior and an incredible off-roader capability.
Jeep Wrangler scores with a plush look and great off-road gene
Jeep is planning on introducing the latest fourth-generation Wrangler to the Indian market soon. It is expected that the Indian-spec Wrangler gets a 2.2-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which will be paired with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission. They could, respectively, crank out the power output of 200bhp/450Nm and 200bhp/460Nm.
To be the next model in the list of best Jeeps in India, Jeep Compass is an appealing offer that shouldn’t be missed if you are looking for a functional and good-looking Jeeps. At the lower price than the Wrangler, the Compass still has a lot to offer. Here are some noticeable goodies that are packed on the Compass
Multi-mode driving setting
An 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Large wheel of 18 inches
Besides, the standard safety kit are also fully-loaded with
ABS with EBD
Traction control system
ISOFIX child seat mounts
On the top-spec, you can even have 6-airbags
Jeep Compass is the most value-for-money option on this list
The Jeep has four variants, which are Sport, Longitude, Limited and Limited Plus. The Limited Plus is just recently added to the lineup, and it comes with top-notch features like a panoramic sunroof, an electrically adjustable driver seat and larger wheels. In the near feature, an even higher variant will be introduced – it’s Compass Trailhawk.
In terms of engine option, the Jeep offers two engines for the Compass: a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel motor. The first motor could unleash 163PS/250Nm while the latter could deliver 173PS/350Nm. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Jeep Cherokee together with the Wrangler is the first model to be introduced directly under Jeep’s name in India. Jeep Grand Cherokee is a more premium version of the old Cherokee. At the price range of 75.15 lakh to 1.14 Crore, Jeep Grand Cherokee also takes the top position on the productions portfolio of the American automaker.
There are only two variants on offer for the Grand Cherokee. Both diesel and petrol engine are available. The 3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel could churn out the power of 243PS and the torque of 570Nm while the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol is good for 289.6PS/347Nm.
Jeep Grand Cherokee tops as the lushest offers on this list
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in two engine options: 3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel (243PS/570Nm) and 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol (289.6PS/347Nm). Both the engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
At such a high price, obviously, the Grand Cherokee comes with a host of advanced features.
8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
Heated seats wrapped in Nappa leather
Dual pane panoramic sunroof
Blu-ray entertainment system
HID headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps
20-inch alloy wheels
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