Off-road vehicles have outrivaled the role of pick-ups and SUVs that reigned the roads and hearts of riders. Let us ride through the best off-road vehicles that suit the safaris in UAE.
This mid-size pickup truck is a great all-around vehicle, but it performs exceptionally well as an off-roader. The Navara features an industry-leading double-wishbone front and Rigid plus leaf spring rear suspension system and a switchable 4WD mode for a superior off-roading experience. All versions of the vehicle have a 2.5-litre V-4 engine that produces a maximum 162 horsepower and 25.5kg-m torque. Buy it with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission that could give you the feeling of one of the best off road vehicles in UAE .
The Toyota Hilux is one of the most popular pickups ever built by the Japanese automaker. It is a versatile vehicle due to its spacious cabin and cargo carrying capability. All the utilities are offered at an affordable price. The Hilux is available in three engine options; a 2.0L gasoline engine with 137 horsepower, a 2.5L turbo-charged diesel engine producing 101 horsepower and a 2.7L gasoline engine that generates 164 horsepower. Features like rear differential lock, electronic stability control and electronic traction control make it ideal for off-roading. The price starts from AED 68,500.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
The undeniable king of off-road SUVs! The Jeep Wrangler has served generations of off-roading enthusiasts, but the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon offers an even better four-wheel drive system with a Rock-Trac transfer case, along with some of the strongest available front and rear axles and locking differentials to be found on any vehicle in its class. Power is derived from a 3.6-litre V-6 engine that delivers 286 horsepower and 347 Nm of torque. The starting price is AED 164,999.
This is a full-size pickup truck design with a lightweight aluminium body. And don’t worry about the durability because Ford’s acclaimed Land Rovers were made with a similar process, and they are some of the toughest vehicles to date. The 2016 F-150 is available in 5 trim levels; XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and the range topping Platinum version. The base powertrain is 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 that yields 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft of torque, while the 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 installed in the Platinum grade pumps out 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft of torque.
Land Rover LR4
The Land Rover LR4 is mistaken for a family car, because it looks, feels and drives like a luxury SUV. With that said, the mid-size Land Rover LR4 is a fearsome trail weapon because of the relatively short wheelbase and a highly developed four-wheel drive system. Another interesting feature is the Terrain Response that automatically adjusts a range of parameters to handle mud, snow, gravel, and rocks. The Land Rover LR4 is available in three different models in the UAE; SE, HSE and Land Mark. The standard powertrain is 3.0 Litre V6 Supercharged Petrol Engine that gives out 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque.
The G-Class SUV comes packed with unprecedented luxury and technology. Developed initially for use by armed forces, this one packs some amazing off-road features including 3 locking differentials, full-time four-wheel drive with low-range capability, and extraordinary departure and approach positions. It is powered by of a 421-horsepower 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 engine that offers an impressive 610 Nm of torque. The G500 comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The AMG G65 promises an even better 630 horsepower from twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engines.
Boasting a dominant exterior, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado is what we would call an ideal pickup truck. Not only does it look good but also renders an exceptional performance on the desert safari thanks to some of the high-end technologies encompassing Stabilitrak stability control system and heavy-duty locking differential. The standard version carries a 4.3L V6 engine paired with a 6 – speed automatic transmission system that creates 285 horsepower and 413 Nm of torque.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The trail ready Jeep Cherokee is one of the classy off road vehicles, offering the choice of 3 unique four-wheel systems including the Quadra-Drive II edition which offers Selec-Terrain. This smart system configures various parameters such as the engine, transmission, traction control etc, for unique terrains and driving situations. The SUV comes with a 3.6-litre V-6 giving 290 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque or a 350-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that churns out a decent 520 Nm of torque. All versions of the 2016 Cherokee come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The price starts from AED 149,999.
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