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India's most popular SUVs

August 01, 2013 14:59 IST

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Despite the sluggish economy, higher taxes and rising fuel prices, Sports Utility vehicles are becoming increasingly popular among the ‘hatch-loving’ Indians.

The journey ahead, however, will not be easy, with the price of diesel, the most preferred fuel of the oil-guzzling SUVs, going up steadily.

Motown slowdown is hitting the automakers hard.

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Mahindra Bolero

The number one sales grabber of the SUV segment, Bolero has not only ruled the hearts of rural India but has also managed to break the fort of the hatchbacks in the passenger car segment.

Having sold 9,766 Boleros in June, Mahindra has managed to top the sales chart against competition year after year, since this rugged soft-roader was launched.

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Too crude to be a city vehicle but a superb option for the countryside, Bolero runs on 2523cc m2DiCR diesel engine which is capable of generating 63bhp and 19.8Nm torque value and offers a mileage figure of 13.34 on highways and 10.79 on city roads.

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Renault Duster

Renault India’s journey to stardom began as soon as the covers were pulled off Duster.

The SUV features among the top ten passenger cars sold in India with a sales figure of 5,362 units and as per the ergonomics, the difference between top of the chart Alto and Duster is not much.

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Available in both fuel options, Duster comes with 1.6-litre, 102.6bhp, 4-cylinder, in-line motor petrol range and 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, K9K diesel engine, which comes in two trims - 85PS and 110PS.

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Mahindra Quanto

When Mahindra's sales dipped at the beginning of FY 2013, the only model that didn’t take a blow was Quanto.

Known earlier as mini Xylo, Quanto is unmatched in the segment for its space and versatility and has been able to make a mark in the cutting-edge SUV segment.

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The all diesel soft-roader comes with the smallest twin-turbocharged CRDi turbo 1.5, 3-cylinder diesel mill which offers top power and torque outputs of 100bhp and 240Nm respectively with whopping mileage of 17.21kmpl (ARAI certified).

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Mahindra XUV 500

The cheetah inspired success story is not unknown to anyone.

The distinctive styling along with aggressive front was a breakthrough for the Indian auto major and the result was spell-binding.

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Bookings reaching a record 8K in first and 25K in the second round.

Mahindra has just cleared that backlog and the footfalls in the showrooms continue to soar. Powered by a 2.2-litre, 140bhp, mHawk diesel engine, the Mahindra XUV 500 is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive options.

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Mahindra Scorpio

Success of this iconic SUV can be gauged not just by its sales figures but also the one million plus fan base on Facebook.

The magic of the brand has not waned even after eleven years of launch.

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The three oil-burners that this Mahindra warhead comes with, are the 2.6-litre, 115bhp, turbocharged engine, 2.5-litre, 74bhp, 4-cylinder, m2DiCR in-line mill and the smaller 2.2-litre, 120bhp, mHawk, CRDe in-line motor.

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Tata Safari Storme

Launched in October 2012, Tata Safari Storme has taken a quantum leap from the old-school designing of the Safari but retains the tough sporty characteristics of the SUV that captured the hearts and minds of loyal fans over the years.

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More refined and better built, the Safari Storme comes with all the necessary bells and whistles with hi-tech safety armament and AWD mechanism.

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Ssangyong Rexton

Launched in India with the Korean brand, Mahindra's Rexton charmed the Indian hearts with its smart looks, well-built body and cabin features.

Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton plays the company's Value for Money card which strikes a chord with the Indian buyers.

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Available in both mechanical and automatic drive options, the 2696cc diesel engine offers 162 bhp and 184bhp respectively with mileage of 11.18kmpl and 12.4kmpl.

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Toyota Fortuner

The unquestionable leader in the luxury segment of the SUV market, Fortuner boasts of best-in-class ground clearance.

Toyota recently rendered Fortuner with a facelift along with the two-wheel automatic transmission gearbox.

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The power delivery comes from a 3.0 litre, 4-cylinder, in-line diesel engine that comes with manual and automatic gearbox to offer 169bhp and 35Nm.

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Tata Sumo

The perfect option for a large Indian family for whom the running cost of the vehicle is more important than comfort, Tata Sumo comes is a decent option.

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Being run by the 2596cc engine that is capable to cough out 83 bhp and 25.5 Nm torque output, it has recently gained alterations for enhanced ride quality.

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Mahindra Thar

The no nonsense off-roader is the only one in the top 10 category with a soft-top and brawny rugged attitude. Not a day-to-day vehicle for urban India, Mahindra Thar offers unmatched road-presence and the aggressive attitude of the army.

The perfect example of 4x4 off-roader, Mahindra Thar has registered total sales of 1,169 units this year.

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Powered by the Scorpio’s potent CRDi 2.6-litre, 63bhp, MDI 3200TC L and 2.5-litre, 103.6bhp, NEF TCI CRDe diesel engines, Mahindra Thar has an earth crushing ability and  mileage  figure of 18.06kmpl and 16.55kmpl respectively.

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