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10 longest SUVs in the world

September 03, 2013 10:14 IST

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If you think Hummer would have scored as the longest SUV, then here’s a surprise: It does not even feature in the top 5.

To understand the size of these big brawny SUVs, comparing the length with the home grown brands might help. Mahindra Scorpio measures 4.49 metres in length whereas Tata Safari is 4.65 metres.

Let’s take a look at the 10 longest SUVs in the world.

Source: Wikipedia

Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Rank: 10

Parent company of marquee: Daimler AG

Country of origin: US and Mexico

Class: Full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV)

Overall length: 5.17 metres

Engine: Available in multiple engine options including 3.0-litre V6 (diesel), 3.5-litre V6 (diesel), 5.5-litre V8 and 6.2-litre V8

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R-Class is the first multi-purpose vehicle ever produced by Mercedes-Benz and was first seen at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show.

The latest generation of the R-Class features a new, self-assured appearance. The overall impression of the large tourer is virtually seamless and encapsulates the personality of this highly versatile vehicle, according to the manufacturer’s website.

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Image: Interior of R-Class.
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Hummer H2

Rank: Special mention

Parent company of marquee: General Motors

Country of origin: US

Class: Full size SUV

Overall length: 5.17

Engine: 6.2-litre V8

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Hummer H2 had two versions - a sports utility vehicle and a sports utility truck. The vehicle was markets as a general purpose as well as an off-raoder.

Th standard features of the vehicle included air conditioning with tri-zone climate controls, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, 8-way power front seats, dual memory system, BOSE premium sound system, independent front and rear suspension specially created for the H2, and oversized tires with HUMMER rims.

The vehicle is no longer in production and the future of the brand remains uncertain.

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Image: Hummer H2 interior.
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Chevrolet Traverse

Rank: 9

Parent company of marquee: General Motors

Country of origin: US

Class: Full-size CUV

Overall length: 5.21 metres

Engine: 3.6-litre V6

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The Chevrolet Traverse is a seven or eight seat, full-size crossover SUV built on the GM Lambda platform. It is a successor to both the Uplander and TrailBlazer.

The recent traverse is based on the 2013 model. For the 2013 facelift, the company added a new grill and front fascia, a redesigned rear liftgate, and reworked Camaro-inspired tail lights.

The 2014 Traverse only received additional features such as Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

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Image: Interior of Chevrolet Traverse.
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Toyota Sequoia

Rank: 8

Parent company of marquee: Toyota Motor Corporation

Country of origin: US

Class: Full-size SUV

Overall length: 5.21 metres

Engine: 5.7-litre V8

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The full size SUV is derived from Toyota’s Tundra pickup truck. The SUV is the first vehicle from a Japanese marquee in the full-sized SUV segment in North America.

The car directly competes with the grand daddies of brawny vehicles such as Ford (Expedition SUV) and General Motors (Chevrolet Tahoe).

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Image: Toyota Sequoia interior.
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Nissan Armada

Rank: 7

Parent company of marquee: Renault-Nissan

Country of origin: US

Class: Full-size SUV

Overall length: 5.28 metres

Engine: 5.6-litre V8

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The full size SUV shares its body-on-frame with the Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Xterra SUV, Nissan Frontier pickup truck, and Nissan Pathfinder SUV.

The latest model features a 9.3GB hard drive for music, and a compact flash memory card reader. Also, the third row seats can fold electronically.

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Image: Nissan Armada interior
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Infiniti QX56

Rank: 6

Parent company of marquee: Renault-Nissan

Country of origin: US

Class: Full-size luxury SUV

Overall length: 5.29 metres

Engine: 5.6-litre V8

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Image: 2011 Infiniti QX56.
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The full size luxury SUV comes with five doors and seven-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

When introduced in 1996, the QX4 was Infiniti's first entry into the SUV market segment. And while it was sold as Infiniti QX56 in the North American markets, in Japan the company sold it as Nissan Terrano Regulus.

The vehicle comes packed with features such as semi-aniline leather seats, tri-zone climate control, a Bose 2-channel, 13-speaker Premium Audio surround sound stereo system with hard drive memory storage, and hard-drive based navigation system.

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Image: 2005-2007 Infiniti QX56.
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Ford Expedition EL

Rank: 5

Parent company of marquee: Ford Motor Company

Country of origin: US

Class: Full-size SUV

Overall length: 5.62-metre

Engine: 5.4-litre V8

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Expedition is based on the Ford F-150 pickup. To date it continues to share components such as transmissions, electronics, chassis control systems, and so on.

The SUV contains hold host of luxury and safety features. Some of them include Premium Audiophile sound system, SIRIUS XM satellite radio, HomeLink wireless control system, tri zone automatic climate control for driver, adaptive pneumatic suspension system, power adjustable pedals, and ultrasonic park assist.

Safety features include side-intrusion door beams, security approach lamps, SecuriLock with smart key and engine immobiliser, BeltMinder, and so on.

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Image: Ford Expedition EL interior.
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Chevrolet Suburban (also GMC Yukon XL)

Rank: 4

Parent company of marquee: General Motors

Country of origin: US and Mexico

Class: Full-size SUV

Overall length: 5.65 metres

Engine: It has three options: 5.3-litre V8, 6.0-litre V8, and 6.2-litre V8

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The Chevrolet Suburban is the longest continuous use automobile nameplate in production in the world, starting from 1934 for the 1935 U.S. model year, and has traditionally been one of General Motors' most profitable vehicles, according to Wikipedia.

The SUV is also produced under the Chevrolet and Holden marques. The GMC version was rebranded as the GMC Yukon XL.

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Image: Chevrolet Suburban interior.
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Cadillac Escalade ESV

Rank: 3

Parent company of marquee: General Motors

Country of origin: US

Class: Full-size luxury SUV

Overall length: 5.66 metres

Engine: 6.2-litre V8

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Cadillac forayed into the popular North American SUV market with Escalade in 1999. The Escalade competes with the Infiniti QX56, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Lincoln Navigator.

The company is planning for a drastic change for its 2014 Escalade models. The new version is expected to feature 6.2-litre V8 EcoTec3 L86 engine, exterior styling with more LED lighting, and a radical improvement in the cabin interior.

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Image: Cadillac Escalade ESV interior.
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Lincoln Navigator L

Rank: 2

Parent company of marquee: Ford Motor Company

Country of origin: US

Class: Full-size luxury SUV

Overall length: 5.67 metres

Engine: 5.4-litre V8

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Lincoln is the luxury division of the Ford Motor Company and it forayed into the SUV segment with the Navigator in 1997.

The SUV has a lot common with Ford Expedition. They share a common platform, mechanical features, and other equipments.

What sets Navigator apart from Expedition are upscale styling, interior materials, and host of luxury features it offers.

As of 2013, Lincoln opted not to offer a 2014 Navigator as it plans to redesign the vehicle, which will be different from the Expedition. The next-generation Navigator is expected to be updated in 2014 as a 2015 model, according to Wikipedia.

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Image: Lincoln Navigator L interior.
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Ford F-250 Tropivan (Ford Excursion)

Rank: 1

Parent company of marquee: Ford Motor Company

Country of origin: Brazil

Class: Full-size SUV

Overall length: 5.76 metres

Engine: 6.8-litre V10

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Designed for buyers with super-sized interior cargo and towing needs, the Excursion is based on Ford Super Duty line of trucks.

When it was launched, it was described as the biggest SUV on the planet.

Ford had to stop manufacturing the truck in 2005 as sales declined after fuel price started rising.

The last Excursion was produced on September 30, 2005, at Ford's Louisville plant.


Image: Ford Excursion interior.
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