Like many readers, browsing Jalopnik regularly over the years, I naturally became inclined towards manual diesel hatchbacks, wagons, and utilitarian body-on-frame 4x4s, obviously. During a recent trip to India, I was in manual diesel heaven. SUVs are especially very popular in India and for good reason. It’s a very rough place to drive, be it in the city with patchy alleyways full of pot holes and speed bumps or the countryside with dirt roads. Of course, ALL of them were manual diesels.

Below is a guide to new Indian SUVs you can buy right now in India. Keep in mind that all of these were designed to be relatively simple to work on, because in India the fancy, smancy garages we are used to in the West are apparently rare in most places over there and back alley repair work is very cheap. I’ve omitted a few Indian crossovers. Much of the information was compiled from carwale.com and cardekho.com, both of which are great sites to research new cars in India.

Mahindra Thar

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Starting price: Rs. 522,000 ($7,800 USD)

Engine: 2.5l turbo diesel (104 BHP)

Trims: DI 2WD, DI 4WD, CRDe

Fuel economy: 13 kpl (or 31 MPG)

Mahindra Bolero

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Starting price: Rs. 633,000 ($9,450 USD)

Engine: 2.5l turbo diesel (63 BHP @3200 RPM)

Trims: EX, SLE, SLX, ZLX, DI

Fuel economy: 15.96 kpl (or 38 MPG)

Mahindra Scorpio Getaway

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Starting price: Rs. 841,000 ($12,552 USD)

Engine: 2.6l turbo diesel (115 BHP @3800 RPM)

Trims: 2WD, 4WD

Fuel economy: 10.73 kpl (or 25 MPG)

Mahindra Scorpio

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Starting price: Rs. 897,000 ($13,388)

Engine: 2.2l turbo diesel (120 BHP @ 4000 RPM); 2.5l turbo diesel (75 BHP @ 3200 RPM)

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Trims: S2, S4, S4, S6, S8, S10 along with their 4WD variants

Fuel economy: 15.4 kpl (36 MPG)

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

(based on the long wheelbase Suzuki Jimney SJ40/410 series)

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Starting price: Rs. 601,000 ($8,970 USD)

Engine: 1.3l petrol (80 BHP @ 6000 RPM)

Trims: King ST BS-IV, King HT BS-IV

Fuel economy: 11.96 kpl (28 MPG)

Tata Sumo Gold

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Starting price: Rs. 623,000 ($9,300 USD)

Engine: 3.0l turbo diesel (70-84 BHP @ 3000 RPM)

Trims: CX, EX, GX

Fuel economy: 14.7-15.3 kpl (35-36 MPG)

Tata Safari

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Starting price: Rs. 899,000 ($13,418 USD)

Engine: 2.2l turbo diesel (138 BHP @ 4000 RPM)

Trims: 4x2 LX, 4x2 EX

Fuel economy: 13.93 kpl (33 MPG)

Tata Xenon ST

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Starting price: Rs. 996,000 ($14,866 USD)

Engine: 2.2l turbo diesel (140 BHP @ 4000 RPM)

Trims: EX 4x2, EX 4x4

Fuel economy: 13.49 kpl (or 32 MPG)

Tata Safari Storme

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Starting price: Rs. 999,000 ($14,910 USD)

Engine: 2.1l turbo diesel (148-154 BHP @ 4000 RPM)

Trims: LX, EX, VX with their 4wD variants

Fuel economy: 13-14 kpl (31-33 MPG)

Force Motors Gurkha

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Starting price: Rs. 642,000 ($9,582 USD)

Engine: 2.6l turbo diesel (80 BHP @ 3200 RPM)

Trims: Soft Top 4x2, Soft Top 4x4, Hard Top 4x4

Fuel economy: 12 kpl (28 MPG)

Force Motors Force One

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Starting price: Rs. 959,000 ($14,313 USD)

Engine: 2.1l turbo diesel (139 BHP @ 3800 RPM); 2.7l turbo (81 BHP @ 3200 RPM)

Trims: EX, SX, LX with 6 or 7 seater variants

Fuel economy: 17 kpl (40 MPG)