A Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is a type of passenger vehicle which combines the load carrying and passenger carrying capacity of a large wagon or a minivan with features designed for off-road driving. They have been in trend for the past 10 years, but lately their demand has seen a steep rise. For a nation obsessed with utility vehicles, it’s no surprise that SUV has emerged as the new hot segment and with a lot of automakers bringing the best in class new SUVs in India, people’s hunger for SUVs keeps growing.
So here are some of the best SUVs in the Indian market currently:
Renault Duster is a car that borders between an overgrown hatch and a full blown SUV. The front of the car has double barrel headlamps with a large chrome grille. The sides are prominent and muscular with wheel arches having 16-inch alloy wheels. The tail lamp is simple yet elegant and is complemented by bulging surrounds on the boot. The inside of the car offers plenty of room for four or five.
ENGINE: 1.6-litre petrol, 1.5 dCi K9K diesel
TORQUE: 145 Nm at 3750rpm
COST: Rs. 7.7-12 lakhs
Toyota Fortuner is a powerful car having muscular body and sporty looks. The new Fortuner looks very similar to Land cruiser. The car features wider and larger front grille with five layered chrome strips and a big Toyota logo. The new angular headlights merge with the grille and make it look fantastic. On the rear, the SUV has a new Land Cruiser like bar of chrome across the tail gate. Inside, Toyota has done a thorough job to improve the quality of the interiors. The SUV features a reversing camera, powered seats and even cruise control.
ENGINE: 3.0-litre diesel engine
POWER/TORQUE: 170 bhp, 343 Nm.
PRICE: Starts at Rs. 19.99 lakhs
It is not a full-sized SUV but it looks elegant from the outside. Large attractive headlights, grille, long sculpted bonnet and good-looking rear makes it a great car. On the inside, it combines the best of sedan design and SUV storage. It comes with a many safety features like multiple airbags, crash sensors, Electronic Vehicle Immobilization, seatbelts, a warning triangle, first aid kit, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
ENGINE: 2.0-litre petrol and diesel
POWER/TORQUE: 150 bhp, 200 Nm and 177 bhp, 350 Nm respectively
PRICE: Rs. 22.4 lakhs onwards
The Range Rover has always been on top in the luxury SUVs segment and with a new avatar, it is definitely one of the top launches this year. The new Ranger is larger, lighter and more luxurious than before. The use of an aluminum monocoque (a first for an SUV) has resulted in a massive 420kg reduction in weight and increase in engine efficiency.
ENGINE: 5.0-litre petrol, 3.0-litre diesel, 4.4-litre diesel
POWER/TORQUE: 504bhp/63.7kgm, 255bhp/61.1kgm, 335bhp/71.3kgm
PRICE: Rs 1.72 crore onwards
Endeavor has been a great success in India. The overall length of the car is 5060 mm, width of 1788 mm and height of 1826 mm. it comes with features like power windows, power door locks, power steering, air conditioner, anti-lock braking system, cup holders, immobilizer, rear wash wiper, alloy wheels, central locking, steering adjustment, tachometer, child safety locks, front fog lights, rear defroster, leather seats, FM radio and CD player. It continues to be one of the best SUVs since its launch.
ENGINE: 2.5L and 3.0L
POWER/TORQUE: 156 PS at 3200 rpm, 380 Nm at 2500 rpm
PRICE: Rs. 17.1-19.74 lakhs
It has 4755 mm length, 1755 mm of width and 1900 mm height. The wheel base is 2725 mm. The SUV is well equipped with power windows, power door locks, power steering, folding rear-seat, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres and steering adjustment. Though it looks rugged it comes with safety features like anti-lock braking system and driver and passenger airbags.
ENGINE: 2835 cc engine
POWER/TORQUE: 118.6 PS at 4000 rpm, 29.8kgm at 2000 rpm
PRICE: Rs. 20.64 lakhs