‘Armada’ is the Spanish word for a large fleet of armed ships that fight wars at sea. It was perhaps the first attempt by any manufacturer to make what later became known as an MUV/SUV – a more upscale, comfortable and road-oriented version of a rugged, dirt-track utility vehicle.

The Armada was a capable people mover that was inspired by the Mahindra Commander and Marshal – originally based on the Willys CJ-3B. It was powered by a Peugeot 2.5-litre diesel engine producing 72 bhp of power and 152 Nm of torque. With this power, it could reach top speeds of 100 km/h. Two decades later, and the Armada’s soul lives on in the Bolero.