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15 SUVs to choose from this Diwali

Last updated on: November 1, 2010 08:19 IST

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This year the Indian SUV/MUV segment saw a number of new launches in every price range.

The most recent launches being that of Tata Aria and Hyundai Santa Fe in the premium prince bracket just as the festive season kicked off.

The segment is doing well and many new products are being developed for this space.

Here is a low-down on some of the choices you have this Diwali:

SUV/MUVS in the price range of Rs 5- Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)

Premier Rio

The car is packed with a 1.5L, 1489cc, turbo diesel engine that produces 65PS of maximum power at 4000rpm with 152Nm of maximum torque at 2250rpm.

The car has good acceleration and excellent fuel efficiency.

This SUV is at the lower end of the spectrum and is very basic as compared to other vehicles in its class.

It is priced at Rs 525,000 - Rs 601,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Tata Sumo Grande

The car is available in two types of engines - DICOR and Turbo.

The newer version of the Tata Sumo is sporty, stylish and attractive looking. It has classy new interiors and exteriors and comes by the name of Tata Sumo Grande MKII turbo and Grande Dicor.

It has a 2.2L DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) diesel engine that produces 120 PS power at 4000 rpm and maximum torque is 250 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm.

And the Turbo engine powered variant of the Tata Sumo comes with 2.0 IDI TCIC 1948 cc engine capable of producing 90 ps power at 4500rpm and maximum torque of 190 NM at 2000-3000rpm.

It is priced at Rs 585,662 - Rs 784,49.

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Maruti Gypsy

The car has a 1300 cc petrol engine which is lighter than the diesel one and has good power and greater responsiveness.

The car has better ground clearance that ensures better off-road handling.

Its engine is on high thermal conductivity that heats up quickly under extremely cold conditions and also avoids overheating in hot climate terrain.

Gypsy's diphragm spring clutch can withstand higher rotational speeds and requires less release load, hence reducing the wear of parts.

Gypsy has a max power of 80 bhp at 6000 rpm.

It comes with a 5-speed gearbox and suits Indian roads, rural and urban, very well.

The car is priced at Rs 536,175 - Rs 555,013.

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Mahindra Scorpio

This lifestyle SUV by Mahindra has been synonymous to style, adventure, luxury and performance.

Mahindra Scorpio comes with a SZ 2600 plus DI diesel engine capable of generating 109 bhp power and 26 kgm torque.

Scorpio's petrol version has Renault's 116 bhp engine.

The lifestyle SUV segment is very niche in India and at a very nascent stage and Mahindra wants to leave its mark.

Mahindra Scorpio offers comfortable ride, pleasing style, stable safety features coupled with decent interiors.

The car is priced at Rs 760,000 - Rs 10,57,340.

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Toyota Innova

The car comes in both petrol and diesel engine.

The 1998cc, 16-Valve DOHC WTi petrol engine produces 132PS power at 5600rpm and 181NM torque at 4000rpm.

The 2494cc, 16-Valve DOHC diesel engine generates 102PS power at 3600rpm and 200NM torque at 1400-3400rpm.

Toyota Innova's petrol variant is also compatible with CNG and comes with a manual selector switch that enables the driver to easily switch from gasoline to CNG and vice versa.

The CNG cylinder present in the car has a capacity of 12kg and the running cost comes around Rs 1.6/km or less depending on the driving situation.

Innova comes with a price tag of Rs 794,470 Rs 11,72,760.

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Mahindra Xylo

This C + category vehicle by Mahindra comes with a CRDe technology.

The car has a diesel engine with a 2500cc displacement generating 110 bhp at 3200 rpm and 28.3 kgm torque at 1700 rpm. It has a seating capacity of eight passengers and a minimum turning radius of 5.60 mts.

Mahindra Xylo has front disk breaks and rear brakes are drum type.

It has a five gear manual transmission along with body colour bumpers, tachometer, alloys, ORVM indicators, climate controlled AC, power windows, remote controlled central locking, remote operated fuel filler, rear wiper and rear defogger.

The car is priced at Rs 647,118 - Rs 816,262.

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Tata Safari

This popular SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) by one of country's biggest car makers possesses sporty looks and advanced interior and exterior features.

Tata Safari's 2.2L, 16V diesel engine produces 140hp at 4000 rpm and 320Nm torque.

Safari comes with a day-night visibility instrumental panel, leather seats and power windows.

Safety features like airbags, ABS (Antilock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and reverse guide system are also present.

It is priced competitively at Rs 770,761 - Rs 11,65,824.

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Mahindra Bolero

This powerful vehicle from Mahindra's stable makes your drive easier on the bumpy roads of India. Mahindra Bolero has a 2498 cc diesel engine which sets it apart from other cars.

The car has a 5-speed transmission, which makes it a fuel efficient car.

The car has features like antisubmarine seats, air conditioners, power steering and four speaker music system etc.

Mahindra has priced Bolero at Rs 474,710 - Rs 5,98,350.

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SUV/MUVS in the price range of Rs 10 - 20 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi)

Tata Aria

The Sports Utility Vehicle by Tata everyone has been waiting for has finally been launched.

It is an eight seater luxurious MUV build on the roadster concept and comes with a 2.2L, DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) engine (same as Tata Safari).

The engine produces 140bhp power at 4000rpm with 320Nm torque at 1700-2700rpm.

It has a plethora of new and advanced features including disc type coupled with ABS and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) system.

The ESP is being offered for the first time in any Tata car.

Aria's power steering, efficient braking system with ESP and standard ground clearance ensure hassle free driving.

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Toyota Fortuner

The big and bulky SUV is in great demand across the country and the company has been staring at a huge backlog for a long time.

To meet the backlog the company had once before increased the production to more than 950 units per month from the initial 500 units per month.

The mighty beast comes equipped with a 2982 cc Common Rail Diesel Engine that churns out 163 PS(160 BHP) of power and 35 kgm of torque, aided by a Variable Geometry Turbocharger(VGT).

The choice of transmission is limited to a four-speed auto and a five speed manual transmission. The suspension is stiff but it soaks up the jerks and bumps very easily without rattling your bones.

The ride and handling is at par with competition.

The Fortuner is a true blue SUV unlike most of its counterparts, which are soft-roaders and offer a car like feel.

The huge tyres (Bridgestone Dueler HT 265/65 - R17) offer a decent grip on the road and should offer good off road capability to the giant.

Safety features haven't been compromised with ESP, EBD and traction control on offer.

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Mitsubishi Pajero

It comes in one diesel model with a 2.8 L, 2835cc with an eight valve SOCH Turbocharged inter cooled diesel unit that offers high performance with impressive fuel efficiency.

The in line type engine produces a maximum power of 118.6 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 292 Nm at 2000 rpm.

It is a high-end SUV with a seating capacity of 7 passengers.

The exterior dimensions include length- 4755 mm, width- 1775 mm and height- 1900 mm with a wheelbase of 2725 mm.

The ground clearance of 205 mm in this car is pretty good.

It is priced at Rs 19,85,000 - Rs 19,85,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Mitsubishi Outlander 2010

The car was finally launched earlier this year and it is available at a price of Rs 19.95 lakh, (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

It is BS-IV compliant and comes with a 2.4 MIVEC engine.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has jet-fighter front grill, bulged rear bumper, silver-color roof rails and HID Head Lamp with AFS function.

Its features include all wheel control system, superior handling, centrally located dial system, located on the center console permits free switching between 3 drive modes (2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Locked), Anti-lock braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), theft protection device, alloy brakes and clutch control.

This is not all the Mitsubishi Outlander has a new Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), a new grille with chrome accents, new front bumpers, redesigned front fenders, mirror mounted turn indicators, new door and dash trims, USB port, AUX-IN port, aluminum pedals, leather covered instrument panel, roof rails, new combination meter and auto-folding Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs).

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Chevrolet Captiva

The car is available in 2.0 L, 1991 cc diesel engine with both automatic and manual transmission gearbox.

Chevrolet Captiva comes in diesel engine only with three models - Captiva LT, LTZ and Xtreme.

Chevrolet Captiva LTZ is the only model that comes with five -speed automatic transmission gearbox whereas Captiva LT and Xtreme are have a five speed manual transmission gearbox.

The car has a variable geometry turbo Common Rail Direct Injection (VCDi) fuel supply system with SOHC valve configuration.

The In Line diesel engine is powered with 4 modern cylinders and 16 Valves generating 150 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320Nm at 2000 rpm.

The car is priced at Rs 17,96,415  - Rs 19,71,041 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Ford Endeavour

It is available with two different capacities engine that are a 2.5L Duratorq engine and 3.0L Duratorq engine.

Two out of its three variants are powered by the 2.5L, 2499cc, Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with Direct Injection Common Rail fuel injection system and VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) that enhances the overall engine performance with fuel efficiency.

This 2.5L, 2499cc power-plant delivers 143PS of maximum power at 3500rpm with 330Nm of maximum torque at 1800rpm that results high engine performance with good acceleration.

The car is priced at Rs 16,25,000 - Rs 18,69,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Hyundai Santa Fe

The Indian car market got two versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe - the 4X2 (two wheel drive) version that has been priced at Rs 20.95 lakh and the 4x4 (four wheel drive) version priced at Rs 22.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

It comes with the benefit of a CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) fuel system that is bound to deliver excellent engine performance and a better fuel efficiency thanx to the Euro V engine.

The car has 4 cylinders and 16 valves with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshafts), which is already a success.

The 2.2L engine is teamed with a six-speed manual transmission gearbox that produces an impressive power of 197 PS, peak power at 3800 rpm and belts out 420Nm of torque between 1800-2500 rpm.

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