10 SUVs that are setting Indian roads ablaze

Bigger is better for global automakers aggressively targeting growth in India’s underdeveloped SUV market as the country’s much-vaunted small car market stalls. Here are the top ten SUVs that are currently scorching Indian roads.

The Mahindra XUV500 is undoubtedly the most popular SUV in India today. Demand is so high that Mahindra had to shut bookings temporarily. The cheetah inspired looks and high features list makes it very desirable. Powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine which produces 140 BHP and 330 Nm, the XUV500 range starts at Rs. 11.10 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

The second most popular SUV is the Mahindra Scorpio. Offering butch looks and a very responsive 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 120 BHP and 290 Nm, the Scorpio has turned Mahindra’s fortunes for the better. The Scorpio range starts at Rs. 7.52 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

Undoubtedly the SUV which came and shook everyone else, the Toyota Fortuner might use the same IMV platform as the Innova but has immense street presence. Power comes in from a 3.0-litre diesel engine which produces 170 BHP and 343 Nm. The Fortuner range starts at Rs. 19.99 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

One of the oldest cars in India, the Tata Safari is still a hot favorite among SUV lovers. An updated version known as the Safari Storme will be launched next month, which is a facelift of the current Safari. The 2.2-litre diesel engine of the Safari produces 140 BHP and 320 Nm. The current Safari range (not Safari Storme) starts at 8.06 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

The BMW X1 created an all new segment. It became the entry point to a BMW vehicle with prices starting at Rs. 22.40 lakhs (ex-Delhi) for the sDrive18i variant. Powered by 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines that produce 150 BHP, 200 Nm and 177 BHP, 350 Nm respectively, the X1 accounts for a major chunk of BMW sales in India.

Ford’s Endeavour was one of the best selling SUVs till the Fortuner came along. The Endeavour’s immense street presence and powerful engine attracted quite a few. Power comes in from 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre diesel engines which produce 141 BHP, 330 NM and 154 BHP, 380 Nm respectively. Prices start at Rs. 17.84 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

The Hyundai Santa Fe has gained huge popularity in just a few months time, thanks to the wide spread Hyundai network and extremely powerful diesel engine, which produces 197 BHP and 420 Nm mammoth torque from its 2.2-litre engine. The Santa Fe range starts at Rs. 22.34 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

When Skoda launched the Yeti, many found it over priced. But the company was quick to respond with lower priced variants. The Yeti is a very capable compact SUV, powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine which is available in two set of tunes producing 110 BHP, 250 Nm and 140 BHP, 326 Nm. Prices start at Rs. 13.90 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

Audi has whizzed past Mercedes-Benz in sales and is eying BMW. The Q range of SUVs (Q5 and Q7) accounts for a major chunk of the company’s sales in India. The Audi Q5 comes with three engines but the most popular variant is the 2.0-litre TDI, which produces 170 BHP and 350 Nm. Prices start at Rs. 39.44 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

With tons of awards going the Range Rover Evoque’s way, there is little doubt that this baby SUV from Land Rover is the hottest vehicle in the world right now. The drop dead gorgeous looks along with the go anywhere capability makes the Evoque so desirable. Power comes in from a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel which produce 237 BHP, 340 Nm and 187 BHP, 420 NM respectively. Prices start at Rs. 45 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

Courtesy: http://in.news.yahoo.com


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