Getting confused in choosing the best suv for you? Not any more ! List of best suvs (Sports Utility Vehicles) presented below. These top SUVs have been identifed based on data collected at CarDekho, more the number of unique users viewing a SUV more popular SUV it is.
23 March, 2013 : The 4WD version of the Renault Duster is sold in several international markets but has not yet been released in India, mainly due to the high price tag that will come attached to it. However, with the launch of Ford's EcoSport nearing, Renault has no choice but to step up and bring out its 4X4 Duster. Team-BHP recently posted spyshots of Duster undergoing testing in Kerala, with the 4WD sticker above its rear tail lights. Since Renault is already producing the 4WD Duster for import purposes, it will not be a very hard task for the automaker to develop one for the Indian sub-continent. The 4x4 version of the compact SUV is likely to retain the same 1.5-litre diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 108bhp and 148Nm of torque.
May 14, 2013: The home-grown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra is now planning to roll out a low spec variant of its flagship product XUV500 , called the W4, which we believe will be the new entry-level variant, considerably cheaper than that of the existing entry level variant. Mahindra & Mahindra faced a low demand in its sales in April 2013 due to additional excise duty imposed on SUVs, so it has now become important for M&M to come up with such strategies. The XUV500 W4 should be here here in next few months.
25 May, 2012 : Mahindra Scorpio SUV is going under scalpel and W105 is the code name given to Mahindra’s facelift project. The refreshed version of Mahindra Scorpio is likely to arrive in the year 2014. The all new Mahindra Scorpio is likely to lose weight and the auto major has designed a special project called T026 to reduce down the weight of the car by 260 kilograms with the incorporation of fibre parts which is going to increase the efficiency level of the car and is going to make it more frugal. Mahindra is likely to add an all-new heart to new Scorpio; the 2.2L engine from the Cheetah XUV 500 that churns out 140bhp-330Nm torque is likely to go under the hood of Scorpio. To increase the legroom space in the middle row, Mahindra is eyeing to increase the wheelbase.
25 May, 2012 : Mahindra Bolero, the flagship Sports utility vehicle from homegrown manufacturer Mahindra has clocked in 1, 00,686 units in FY 2011-12 registering a 21% increase. Bolero was once again bestowed with the highest selling SUV title in India for the sixth consecutive year; also this was the highest annual sales garnered by the Bolero since it came into being. In March 2012, only the SUV managed 10,026 unit sales which is also the highest ever monthly sales till now. Mahindra Bolero sold 83,112 units of sales in 2010-11 FY. M&M’s Bolero has risen up to the seventh position in the top selling passenger vehicles in India in FY 2011-12 from the 9th position it had in the year 2010-11. Noticeably Mahindra Bolero is the only SUV to feature in the top selling passenger vehicles in India.
16 January, 2013 : Toyota Kirloskar Motors has announced the launch of the 5-speed automatic transmission variant in the Toyota Fortuner line-up today . The Fortuner was earlier available in the 4-speed automatic transmission version and will now be replaced by the 5-speed auto box version. The 4-speed auto box has been discontinued in favour of the 5-speed automatic transmission. Apart from the launch of Toyota Fortuner 5-speed automatic version, the company has also said that it will continue to produce the Fortuner TRD Sportivo, which was introduced in the festive season as a special edition. First launched as a limited edition, the Fortuner TRD Sportivo got an overwhelming response across the country, which has convinced the company to keep selling the vehicle in India.
19 December 2012 : Launched in September this year, the most eagerly awaited car of 2012, Mahindra Quanto , has brought nothing except for big bucks and big fame for its esteemed creator ever since it set foot in the market. Pitched against the stunning Renault Duster since Day 1, this 7-seater compact SUV from the Indian stables, despite the cut-throat competition thrown its way from the French champion, recorded a booming sales of 1,782 in the month of September itself, reaching the mark of 2,497 in October, and ending the month of November with a commendable sale of 2,297 units. In fact, the credit for the terrific growth, of over 55%, that the Sports Utility segment has shown during the month of November 2012 has been given to Quanto itself besides two others that include the segment leader, Duster, and the premium SUV, Mahindra XUV 500.
15 May, 2012 : New Mahindra Thar four wheel drive variant is officially launched with air conditioner with heater. The factory fitted AC and heater, however, has resulted in an increase in price of Thar 4X4 with CRDe engine which now cost at Rs 6.75 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) . M&M has launched this upgraded Thar SUV bang on time as the scorching sun is setting just above the head making the summers unbearable without an AC.
One of the biggest and most admired car makers in the country are the highly acclaimed, Tata Motor Group. This home bred automobile manufacturer was established way back in year, 1945. But this company was into manufacturing other vehicles and have only ventured into the manufacturing of passenger cars in year, 1991 and now have a scintillating fleet of automobiles existent in the lucrative Indian auto bazaar, which have been doing incredible revenue generation for the company. They have quite a number of SUVs, Sedans, Hatchback's and also a small car, which have been doing some incredible business in the country, since the time they were introduced into the car market. Tata Motors have the second biggest service network in the country with close to over 720 authorized service centers widely spanning close to 440 major cities in India itself. This renowned company also has collaborations with some other international brands and they own a few car brands as well. This is a very prestigious thing for the country as most of the international automobile giants have come into our market and have done joint ventures and partnerships, whereas Tata Motor Group has bought a couple of such luxury international car brands and are doing impressive business by selling those automobiles in the Lucrative Indian car market. One of their most successful SUV's existing in the market is the muscular and formidable Tata New Safari, which has been doing quite well since the time it was introduced in the car market in year 1998. There are about four different variants for the customers to choose from in accordance with their requirements. This SUV series, Tata New Safari has been fitted with quite a number of comfort and safety functions along with a power packed engine, striking exteriors and lavish interiors as well. The company is offering this formidable SUV in a host of vibrant and lively colors. These glossy exterior paint option comprise of a stylish looking Cycus Grey metallic finish, a magnificent looking Quartz Black finish option, a graceful looking Arctic Silver metallic finish, a lustrous looking Arctic White finish option along with a brilliant looking Pearl White metallic finish. This SUV is also available in a few dual color exterior paint options such as Quartz Black with Real Earth, a Mineral Red and Real Earth combination and also a Cycus Grey and Arctic Silver as well.
The company has fitted this formidable SUV with a power packed 2.2-litre diesel engine, which has been fitted with 4 cylinders that has 16 valves in it. This performance packed motor has also been incorporated with the highly acclaimed direct injection common rail fuel supply system and can displace 2179cc. This engine also has a dual overhead camshaft and also VTT (Variable Turbine Technology) for enhanced performance from this engine. This influential diesel mill has been skilfully mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox and is fully compliant with the stringent BS-III as well as BS-IV norms as well. Some of the remarkable convenience features that are integrated in this SUV are a responsive power steering wheel, an advanced CD and MP3 player with speakers and a remote control, a powerful HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioner) unit that cools the entire cabin within no time, front and rear power windows with express down feature, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a three position lumbar support for both the front seats, armrest between the driver and the co-passenger for added comfort, foldable middle row seat to take in more luggage, a cigarette lighter in the front console and an ash-tray for the front and middle row seats, a 12 V power socket for the front as well as the middle row, a rear wash function along with a wiper, "Follow me home" function to illuminate the path after parking the vehicle, puddle lamps on the front doors and many more such features, which will astound the customers. Apart from these, the company has also equipped this rugged SUV with quite a number of safety features, which ensures proper protection and security for the passengers as well as this massive vehicle as well. The list of these safety features integrated in this SUV include side impact bars, crumple zones, tilt-able and collapsible steering column, tubeless tyres, motorized head lamps adjustment, central Locking and child safety lock for enhanced protection of the passengers, an anti-glare interior rear-view mirror, front seatbelt unfastened warning, door open warning, headlamp ON and key out warning lamp, low fuel indicator warning, a highly developed engine immobilizer and a few more such essential features as well.
17 October,2012 : Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton, the first offspring of the Mahindra India and South Korean auto major Ssangyong is finally out on Indian roads at an introductory price of Rs.17.67 Lakh for RX5 manual variant and Rs. 19.67 lakh for the RX7 automatic variant(both prices ex-showroom Mumbai) . The third generation of the Ssangyong Rexton W SUV is brought in through CKD route and is manufactured at Mahindra India’s Chakan facility.Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton W is offered in both 5-seater and 7-seater trims. The SUV derives its energy from a 2696cc diesel engine which comes with 5 pots and is offered in two set of tunes. The manual variant which is dubbed as RX270 XDi’s engine cranks out 162bhp @ 4000 rpm and 340Nm torque at a range of 1800-3250rpm whereas the Automatic variant’s engine yields 184bhp @ 4000rpm and 402Nm torque @1600-3000rpm, stating a difference of 22bhp power and 62Nm in manual and automatic variant. Mahindra has priced Rexton extremely competitively with a difference of Rs.2 lakh less than Fortuner and Endeavour, however the catch here is these prices are just introductory.
14th February, 2013 : BMW has finally delivered the promised X1 at a base price of Rs. 27.9 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi) . The car is available in a total of 3 trims namely, X1 20d, 20d Sports-Line and 20d X-Line priced at Rs. 27.9 lakh for the base model and Rs. 32.5 lakh for the other two. The new X1 features the 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that cranks out 184bhp and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Refreshed features include a redesigned bumper and slightly altered front grille with a redone lower front end. This refreshes the styling of the X1 gives it a better stance. The corona rings have been redesigned in the headlamp and so are the ORVMs.
22 October,2012: Mitsubishi Motors operates in India along with Hindustan Motors, the company has recently cut the prices of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport with Rs.1.87 lakh and now the SUV is priced at Rs.22.56 Lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi) with immediate effect. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is renowned name in the SUV segment however in India the SUV’s popularity is under question. Pajero Sports SUV is not able to stand against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Mahindra XUV500 who are far ahead in the segment in terms of sales and popularity. Pricing against has been the biggest drawback of Pajero and finally the company has made a call towards the issue by decreasing the price tag to change the fate of the SUV. The Pajero Sport is now going to be manufactured locally at the Tiruvallur plant in Chennai which translates into a huge drop in the costing translating into benefitting the consumers.This drop in the prices may or may not work in favor however its still early to commit either side and only time will tell if the company achieves its motto.
13 February, 2013 : Audi launched the petrol version of its flagship SUV, the Audi Q3 today. The petrol version of this compact luxury SUV houses the 2.0-litre TFSIq engine that generates a maximum output of 211bhp along with 300Nm of peak torque. Previously, the Q3 was available only in the diesel engine option. The standard 7-speed S tronic, 4-cylinder unit accelerates the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSIq from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.9 seconds along wit a top speed of 230 km/h. The start-stop system in 2.0 TFSIq enhances efficiency, bringing it to 11.72 kmpl. The 2.0 TFSIq engine has been voted the ‘International Engine of the Year’ in its category for 5 consecutive years, by a jury of leading motoring journalists from around the world.
17 October, 2012 : The much awaited and talked about sports utility vehicle from the renowned Indian manufacturer Tata Motors, Tata Safari Storme covers are finally lifted.Tata Safari Storme has come out in four guises which are dubbed as Tata Safari Storme LX ,Tata Safari Storme EX,Tata Safari Storme VX,Tata Safari Storme VX 4WD which are priced at Rs 9.95 lakh, 10.77 lakh, 12.37 lakh and 13.66 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) .Tata Safari Storme aka Tata Merlin was showcased at the Auto Expo this year was apparently supposed to launch this early July, then in September; however the car launch kept on delaying as Tata Motors wanted to hold its card close to itself and was watching the competition bring in their vehicles. Also the company was fine tuning the vehicle so that Tata Safari Storme is at par with the competition in terms of design and specifications. Tata Safari Storme is largely spawned on Tata Aria’s platform and no doubt is a better product that its inspirer. The SUV is powered with a 2.2L DiCOR engine that comes coupled with the 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The 2.2L diesel engine is capable to generate the 138bhp peak power and 320Nm torque value the two-wheel drive option which returns an impressive 14kmpl for the 2WD option, while the 4wd offers 13.2kmpl. The interiors have been done in pseudo wood finish, while the high quality upholstery further adds more charm to the SUV. The wheel arches on the exterior have been done beautifully with new wheels, which come out to be the USP of the car.
16 March, 2013 : In keeping with the 2013 Union Budget, the government proposed an excise duty hike of 3 percent for SUVs. Raised to 30 percent from the earlier 27 percent, this hike will impact the prices of many SUVs including the Ford Endeavour . The company's President and MD, yesterday announced that the price of Endeavour will go up as a response to this hike.
12 February, 2013 : Honda Cars India has finally launched the 2013 version of the CR-V with a total of 4 variants starting with a price tag of Rs. 19.95 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi) . This price is roughly 3 lakh cheaper than the older base model. The 4 variants sport 2 different engines based on the trim level, with 2 low-end models housing a 2.0-litre petrol engine and the other top-end models housing a more powerful 2.4-litre petrol engine. The new CR-V line-up still does not hold the diesel engine option, but we expect it to come sometime before the next year. The base variants of the 2013 CR-V offer two transmission options – a 6-speed simple shift stick and a 5-speed automatic box. The top-end 2.4-litre engine options offer only the automatic transmission along with the paddle shift options.
May 16, 2013: German luxury car maker, Mercedes-Benz has now launched the much awaited GL Class in India for Rs. 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in the presence of German Tennis legend Boris Becker. The company has said to start the local assembly of the GL Class in India at its Pune based plant from September, before that only 100 units of the car will be sold in the country, which will come as CBU. Once the local assembly starts, the price of the vehicle too will come down. The new GL Class has come up with many first-in-segment features like 360°camera, Cross-Wind Stabilization, Open pore trim, Active Park Assist, Sunroof for all three rows. The 2013 GL Class has also got better in terms of power and efficiency. Deriving its power from a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, it now produces the maximum power output of 258bhp and 619Nm of torque, improvement of 34bhp and 109Nm than the outgoing model. The power is transmitted to all four wheels via 7G-Tronic Plus Automatic transmission. The first 100 units to be sold in India will have the AMG kit as standard.
13th-Jan-2012: Audi India is a very prominent luxury car manufacturer, who was quite strong at the Auto Expo 2012. It introduces a range of cars, starting from its much anticipated SUV, Audi Q3 to Audi A3 e-tron concept. However, the major highlight was V12 Audi Q7 , which was chic, sporty and masculine. The powerful engine was successful in stealing the show. The car has smooth and swift drivability that would deliver an awesome driving experience to the owner. However, the price would burn a hole in your pocket. The new Audi Q7 Sportsback price would range between Rs. 55 to Rs. 67 lakh , which is bit high, but would give a complete feel of luxury.
4th-Nov-2011 : British carmaker Land Rover has pulled the wraps off the latest SUV Rover Range Rover Evoque today. Launched just after Diwali, this SUV might not attract many buyers. However, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque priced at Rs 44.75 lakh is so costly that it will cater only to a niche audience who would not wait for suitable timing and just jump on to buy the extremely luxurious Evoque with their open-ended budgets. Such is the hysteria about this sheer luxury SUV in global market that the Range Rover Evoque’s production is sold out for a full one year. This SUV is a robust and powerful avatar by Land Rover unlike its previous cars that did not attract many takers. Evoque is also the lightest, smallest and most efficient Range Rover product in India. Range Rover Evoque will be pitted against the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. Land Rover Evoque is launched in coupe and five door SUV body styles. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque will be the only luxury SUV in India to be available in three door guise, thus carving out a distinctive and monopoly market for itself. Evoque will be powered by a 2179 cc diesel engine mated to a six speed automatic gearbox. A more powerful 1999 cc petrol powered Evoque has also seen its dawn. A caboodle of latest safety, security and comfort features are loaded on the Evoque. The Evoque SUV is available in three variants each, Pure, Prestige and Dynamic, for the petrol and diesel engines. The CKD assembly of the Evoque is scheduled to happen in India, in the nearly 12 months. Jaguar-Land Rover has however allotted a limited run of around 50 Evoque cars for the Indian market and it is from these cars that existing bookings will be serviced.
8th April, 2013: The homegrown automaker, Premier has now launched the facelifted Rio (called as T200 there) in China recently, the similar vehicle is likely to make its Indian debut as well, however we are not sure about the timeline of the launch as of now. While the engine of the vehicle has remained the same, the newly launched compact SUV has got changes both inside and out. The Rio facelift receives new front fascia with redesigned headlamps, a more aggressive triple-slat grille and a contemporary looking bumper with a new set of fog-lamps. The rear however has remained almost similar to the on-sale variant, it now features revamped taillights with integrated reverse lamps and upgraded bumper. The car has got better in terms of interior too, having received a revised dashboard, dual-tone colour scheme and better plastic quality, the cabin looks more contemporary.
13th-01-2012: Force Motors, synonymous as a commercial vehicle manufacturer, showcased their only product in the passenger car segment-Force One SUV in the 4x4 variant on 6th, January, second day of the Auto Expo 2012. True to its word to offer a four-wheel drive variant at a later time, Force Motors has delivered the Force One 4WD variant with a ‘Shift on Fly’ feature for an easy shift in the drive mode from 2WD to 4WD within a matter of seconds with a manual drive shifting process. The sedate performer of city roads converts into a fierce tiger trespassing over the most difficult terrains including the rocky mountain ranges as smoothly as the hot knife passes through the butter. The powerful SUV can be adjusted to three different drive modes, the 4x2 Hi, 4x4 Lo and 4x4 Hi while the other features like ABS to suit the SUV fraught with off-roading capabilities are also included to send the Force One 4x4 over passionate driven rides. The SUV fans can test the off-roading skills of the car which is soon going to be introduced into the car market by mid-2012 at an estimated Force One 4x4 price of Rs 11.5 lakh.
26 June, 2012: Chevrolet Captiva facelift version was launched today by the American auto major, General Motors. New generation Chevrolet Captiva is rolled out in three guises Chevrolet Captiva 2.0 MT, Chevrolet Captiva 2.0 Xtreme, Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 AT with a starting price of Rs.18.74 lakhs(ex-showroom New Delhi). The striking SUV is powered by a 2.0L and 2.2L engine; the new 2.2L engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission gearbox amd this amalgamation is capable to churn out 186.5bhp @ 3800rpm and 424Nm torque @ 2000rpm. The new Captiva 2.2 AT is the perfect mix of ruggedness with sophistication, the exteriors are sporty and muscular that gels perfectly with the panache jet-black ambiance of the cabin.General Motors has also decked up this SUV with features like cruise control, third-row heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system,electric parking brake,rain-sensing wipers and a stylish sunroof.
10th-Nov-2011: Tata Motors, the flagship brand in Indian car industry known for making tough SUVs, has come up with another animal-Tata Sumo Gold. Tata Sumo Gold, will set an example of power and growling engine. Tata Sumo Gold priced at Rs 5.23 lakh onwards (ex-showroom, Pune), is launched today in 4 variants - Tata Sumo Gold GX, Tata Sumo Gold EX, Tata Sumo Gold LX & Tata Sumo Gold CX in Pune. The most luring part about the SUV is that it is available along with a warranty of 3 years or 1,00,000 km, whichever is earlier. Performance of Tata Sumo Gold is an arena; people will loose their heart for. Out of the two engine trims, car lover can choose their breed. One is the all-new CR4 Turbo engine and the other trim is Di Turbo BSIII which is largest sized diesel engine. Mesmerizing interior and comfort features will definitely attract a lot of customers towards Tata showrooms.
17th-Feb-2012: Toyota Land Cruiser facelift was burning stage in Auto Expo 2012. This super luxurious SUV in India carries a whopping price tag of Rs 88,48,093 (ex-showroom Mumbai). Such a jaw dropping price is enough to make a style statement by the owner of a Land Cruiser. The Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by a 4.5 litre 32 valve DOHC V8 diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 195 BHP at 3400 RPM and torque 650 Nm between 1600 to 2600 RPM. The new SUV boasts of new front grille, headlamps with HID low beams and freshly designed bumpers. The Land Cruiser has a seating capacity of eight, with three-across seating in the second and third rows. Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, the costliest for wheeler of Toyota in India is essentially a four wheel drive with automatic transmission and the beast is truly dominant on any kind of Indian road conditions.
10 January, 2013 : India's second largest luxury car maker, Audi has finally launched the updated Audi Q5 today in India at a starting price of Rs. 43.16 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Launched in a total three engine options- 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesel engines, the 2013 Q5 has been priced between Rs. 43.16 and 48.71 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new Audi Q5 has largely remained the same in design except some positive changes like upgraded hexagonal grille, new fog lamps, all new headlamps along with surround day time lamps and updated tail lamps and a new rear diffuser at the back. But what has come as even a bigger and happier news is the fact that all three engines now return more power and 15% improved fuel efficiency.
Maruti Gypsy is one such car which is meant to held on to any type of terrain. Engine of the car is a thermal conductive type which works well in both cool and hot environments. Petrol engine is more powerful and more responsive in the harshest of the climatic situations. With four wheel Maruti Gypsy is capable to work in the roughest of road situations. With the five speed gear-box pattern it is high mileage delivering car on highway. Space inside is much more attractive aspect appealing for its demand in various departments like military and police.
10 October,2012: Mercedes Benz India has unearthed the third generation of the Mercedes Benz M Class ML250 CDI SUV in the Indian market for a price of Rs. 45.6 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV was launched at Mercedes local assembly at Chakan,Pune and interestingly is the first SUV from the German auto major that will be manufactured locally. Mercedes Benz ML Class 250 CDI is the notched down version of the M Class 350 CDI which was rolled out in May this year. This low priced version of the SUV is powered with 2.2 Liter, 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that cranks outr 205bhp power and 500Nm torque value;this 2.2L diesel engine also does duty in the E Class and C Class models. The ML 250 CDI comes with 4WD option for those who want to go for an offroad experience. The company has asorned the car with Intelligent Light System, Lane Keeping Assist among others and the new ML 250 CDI will turn the heat against Audi Q5,BMW X3, Porsche Cayenne and will try to amplify Mercedes position in the Indian car market.
17 May, 2012: Porsche Cayenne, the world’s best SUV has been enjoying a grandiose success all over the world. In Jan 2012, Porsche rolled out 100,000th unit of the flagship SUV across the globe. The car maker sold a total of 26 lakh vehicles of the first gen Porsche Cayenne and the company launched the second generation in 2010. The SUV is fitted with a V8 petrol engine and is priced between Rs 60.69 lakh - Rs 1.28 crore.
15th February, 2013 : Force Motors has launched the eagerly awaited Gurkha SUV into the Indian market today, with a price tag of Rs. 6.25 lakh for the base variant and Rs. 8.35 for the mid-level, while the top-end model is priced at Rs. 8.50 lakh. The 3 variants include a 2WD soft top, 4WD soft top and a 4WD hard top. The full-blooded SUV utilises the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen platform and also the Mercedes sourced 2.6-litre turbo diesel OM616 engine that cranks out a maximum power output of 81bhp along with 230Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Currently, the SUV is available in only a BS III version but there are talks of a BS IV compliant version in the last quarter of 2013.
The Leading auto manufacturer Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) has launched the diesel version of its luxurious SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) model Toyota Land Cruiser Prado . The robust appearance and muscular lines of Toyota Prado reflects the nature of this serious four-wheel drive. With its separate chassis for greater strength, Enjoy comfortable seating for eight with a 60:40 split second row, power windows and mirrors, the convenience of auto headlights off and a single in-dash CD player as standard. Prado gives you the safety of Toyota's Safe-T-Cell along with a two-stage driver's SRS airbag.
20 March, 2013 : Jaguar Land Rover is offering the all-new Range Rover with a new choice of engine, which is the 3.0-litre, TDV6 diesel engine that cranks out 255bhp. With this engine option, the Range Rover HSE will be priced at Rs. 1.44 crore while the Range Rover Vogue will come with a price tag of Rs. 1.64 crore (both Ex-showroom, Mumbai). The very efficient 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel mill will be mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
8 December,2012: Suzuki unveiled the Grand Vitara facelift version in the Japanese market in July 2012 and since then this version in Australia,Russia and China. Finally the Japanese auto major has launched the newfangled Grand Vitara in UK. The vehicle is launched with a full spare wheel with 225/70 tire on the tailgate which increases the length of the vehicle by 200mm on the five door models and 170mm on three door models.The cabin area bells and whistles have been borrowed from Ritz, SX4 and Swift. The seat design is trimmed and a 6.1 inch touchscreen Colour Navigation System have got on board. The music system supports CD, radio, SD card, media player connected via the USB port as well as Bluetooth streaming. The 1.9L DDiS engine is tweaked to increase the fuel efficiency and reduce environmental emission. The price is marked as £15,995 (Rs.13.96 Lakh). Maruti Suzuki India is mulling to locally produce this vehicle in future and is speculated to launch in the year 2013. Whether the 1.9L DDiS engine is going to make it to the Indian shores is still speculated, however the Vitara facelift is definitely going to heat up the already boiling SUV market.
25-August-2011 : The new BMW X3 has been launched in two diesel variants only, these are BMW X3 xDrive20d and BMW X3 xDrive30d. The new BMW X3 will be CKD produced at the BMW Plant Chennai. New BMW X3 price starts at Rs41.2 lakh for the new BMW X3 xDrive20d variant and the new BMW X3 xDrive30d variant is priced at Rs 47.9 lakh. The SUV will be available in eight color options.
13 August, 2012: Conquest Vehicle Inc. introduced its first unarmored SUV in India, Evade. This army style vehicle come with new body style, design and aesthetics that includes all new headlamps and tail lights, sleeker fender flares, redesigned grille, hood scoop and a wider backdoor. The rear end side now features a step to make the access easy and there is a third tandem sunroof in the new vehicle. Conquest Evade is spawned on Ford F550 Super Duty chassis and the heavy duty body is an all aluminium-mild steel bend translating into a much lighter body. Evade is scheduled to come out this fall and with a price tag of Rs.8.5 Crore making it the most expensive SUV in the Indian car market.
21 September, 2010 - The German automaker BMW has launched a refreshed version of its stunning SUV, BMW X5 in India, today. The revamped version of the SUV has got new front face and new engine under its bonnet. The BMW X5 now comes in two variants i.e. BMW X5 xDrive30d and BMW X5 xDrive50i with a price tag of Rs 52.99 lakh and 69.5 lakh (ex-showroom,Delhi), respectively. The xDrive30d variant churns out maximum power of 245 hp at 4000 rpm and 540 Nm of peak torque at 1750-3000 rpm with a 2993cc, 6 cylinder diesel engine while the xDrive50i develops highest power of 407 hp at 5500-6400 rpm and max torque of 600 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm through a 4395cc, 8 cylinder, petrol engine. The BMW X5 is imported as a CBU and will be available across all dealerships in India while the deliveries will be made from October, 2010.
13 March, 2013 : Land Rover has launched the Freelander 2 via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route at a base model price of Rs. 38.67 lakh (Ex-showroom, Mumbai) . This re-vamped Freelander 2 has been improved in terms of comfort and convenience and features changes to its colour options, exterior design and upgraded equipment. These include a brand new centre console, 7-inch colour touch-screen with enhanced audio systems from Meridian, and a fully integrated navigation system. Other improvements include a passive start function, an intelligent parking brake and a rear view camera. Freelander 2 comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 148bhp on the SE version, while the HSE gets a power output of 188bhp.
29th-Mar-2012: Mitsubishi India added one more variant to its Outlander SUV lineup. The company has introduced a new seven seater Outlander SUV with proud. There hasn’t been any change in the seating arrangement of the five seater Outlander model, but Mitsubishi has just added a thin jump seat at the rear to adjust 2 more passengers. However, critics say that the less legroom in the third row is a bit uncomfortable for the passengers albeit the third thin jump seat can be easily folded, whenever one needs space for storing extra luggage in boot. Coming to the technical specs, the new seven-seater Mitsubishi Outlander SUV is blessed with a 2.4 litre of twin cam four cylinder petrol engine, which churns out 170 Ps of peak power along with 226 Nm of peak torque. The engine has been intelligently mated with six speed CVT gearbox, which helps the car to touch the 100 km per hour speed mark in just 10 seconds. The SUV has a top speed of 190 km per hours, which is totally impressive. The company has priced this 7 seater SUV in India very competitively at Rs 20.55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
26 September, 2012 : Volkswagen India loves to surprise its consumers and this time the German auto major has soft launched the Touareg SUV with a price tag of Rs. 58.5 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) however the sales will start this year end. The new Volkswagen Touareg is powered by 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine that comes coupled with 8-speed automatic transmission, which churns out a maximum power of 241.6bhp at 3800-4400rpm.The fuel efficiency of this vehicle is 12.08kmpl (ARAI Certified). Volkswagen Touareg features 4 corner air-suspensions with electronic shock absorption control, Cruise Control, Auto Hold, Electrically adjustable lumbar support for front seats, Automatic headlamp activation with ‘Coming home’ and ‘Leaving home’ function and Park distance control. The competition for the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg is heavy and the major challengers here comprise of Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes Benz R Class but, hopefully, the car will be able to outshine all of them.
22 March, 2013 : Nissan X-Trail, while being an excellent product, has not been able to fare quite as well as it has at the global level. Therefore, Nissan India has decided to phase out the X-Trail and will instead introduce 3 new SUVs into the market. Of these 3 SUVs, we already know the upcoming Nissan version of the Duster, where the front fascia is expected to be similar to that of the X-Trail. The Nissan Duster is expected to carry a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. The second SUV will be a replacement of the X-Trail and will possibly be a 7-seater crossover with better styling to improve its sales. Lastly, we expect a B-segment compact SUV for which there have been no details so far.
15 March, 2013 : Isuzu Motors recently initiated bookings for the MU-7 SUV and has now officially launched the vehicle at a starting price of Rs. 23.75 lakh . This SUV from Japanese commercial vehicle maker is set to compete against the likes of market leaders like Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. For the moment, the company is bringing in the MU-7 as a CBU (Completely Built Unit), however Isuzu has already started the process for setting up its manufacturing plant in the Chittor District of Andhra Pradesh, after which the product will be developed via the CKD route and will therefore receive a less expensive price tag. The MU-7 houses a 3.0-litre, variable geometry turbocharged, CRDi engine that cranks out 160bhp along with 360Nm of peak torque. The MU-7 features a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission based on the variant in question.
16 April 2012: Mitsubishi Montero upgraded version was rolled out by Hindustan Motors with a price tag of Rs.7.99 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The SUV now hosts brand new features along with enhanced designs. The news features incorporated in the car includes all new muscular colored key front bumpers, new chrome radiator grille, new finish on power window panel and leather seats. The interiors are refreshed with the introduction of interior illumination color. Coming to the engine of the new Montero SUV, it will be powered by 3.2L DOHC diesel engine with intercooler and turbocharger which produces maximum power of 202 PS and 441 Nm torque. Mitsubishi Montero is available in solid white, black mica and cool silver metallic shades.
15th-Feb-2012 : Volvo has bestowed a new entry level variant to the current line-up of Volvo XC60 . Until now, the model was present only in one variant i.e. Volvo XC60 D5, however, today Volvo has struck a chord with the audience by launching Volvo XCV60 D3 priced at Rs 33.99 lakh for Kinetic trim and Rs 36.99 lakh for Summum trim. So much so, that Volvo India has introduced this new variant at introductory prices which will be valid till the end of March. Within, these price ambits, the Volvo XC60 D3 Kinetic can be bought at Rs 33.2 lakh while Volvo XC60 D3 Summum can be purchased at Rs 35.9 lakh, all prices ex-showroom Delhi. This means that after March, the prices will go up by Rs 70,000 and this is the best time to grab the superb SUV. The D3 model will be a 2.0 litre diesel motor churning out 163 hp of power.
19 February, 2013 : Mercedes-Benz India launched the eagerly awaited G63 AMG at a price tag of Rs. 1.46 crore (Ex-showroom, Mumbai) . The new G63 AMG replaces the current G55 AMG however, much of the G-Wagen SUV remains similar in looks. The SUV does get a more aggressive look thanks to the new two-slat grille, revised bumper with larger air ducts, 20-inch wheels and other changes. In terms of mechanical changes, we see the new G63 AMG comes with a new 5.5-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine mated to a 7-speed 7Hg-tronic gearbox. This new powertrain belts out 544bhp. The G63 AMG does the 0-100 kmph run in a mere 5.4 seconds.
5th-Mar-2012: Land Rover Discovery 4, the car that was showcased in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, was launched back in 2011. Land Rover has produced one million Land Rover Discovery cars across the globe, 23 years after Land Rover introduced its original model. Land Lover Discovery 4 sits between Range Rover and the rugged Defender. To celebrate its millionth vehicle made at UK plant, Land Rover launched ‘Journey of Discovery’. The Millionth and two other Discovery cars will be embarking on a 50-day, 8,000 mile 'Journey of Discovery' from its birthplace in Birmingham to Beijing in China which is one of Land Rover's fastest growing markets. The Land Rover Discovery can seat seven passengers, has a load space volume of up to 2,500 liters and is packed with technology including Land Rover's award-winning Terrain Response System. These vehicles will be travelling through 13 countries across Europe and Central Asia, culminating at the Beijing motor show on 23 April. This will help Land Rover in launching a fund raising project for supporting a much needed water sanitation project in Uganda.
The 2008 Volvo XC90 is a luxuriously designed mid size SUV offering optimized safety features, comfortable seating for seven, a fold down flat rear seat to accommodate cargo and remains faithful to the concept that an SUV is based on- functionality and comfort. Volvo XC90 with its spacious and roomy interiors not only brings comfort while driving but gives a feeling of openness even when in reality, you are hemmed in traffic disarray. The rear Air Conditioning vents make the journey more comfortable for the passengers seated behind.
9 August, 2012: To bag on the success of R 350 4Matic petrol version, Mercedes Benz has rolled out the diesel variant, Mercedes Benz R350 CDI 4MATIC with a price tag of Rs.58.59 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The CDI variant will be powered by a 2987cc V6 diesel engine that comes coupled with7G-TRONIC with 4WD transmission that gives a mileage of 11.25kmpl. The R 350 CDI 4MATIC is also adorned with LED daytime running lights, steel chassis with air suspension system in the rear to aid comfort and improve driving dynamics. The luxurious interiors boast of ample luggage space of 2385 liters. What makes Mercedes R 350 CDI 4Matic a viable option is that it offers the drivability pleasure of a saloon together with the flexibility of an MPV, also the car is fraught up with features like electrically adjustable telescopic steering wheel, Memory seats, three zone automatic climate control, air-conditioning for rear row passengers, six-disc CD changer and Universal media interface. This four-door passenger vehicle comes with wide-opening tailgate that can easily accommodate seven adults and offers a lot of head and elbow room to all the occupants.