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10 most popular SUVs in India

Last updated on: March 15, 2013 16:16 IST

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Wajeeh Khan

There is no denying that sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are increasingly becoming popular among Indian car buyers.

The electrifying looks they flaunt, the boundless power enveloped under their hoods, the intimidating feel that they exude, remarkable safety and lavish cabins draw buyers.

In 2012, SUVs rode high on the popularity chart in India and this encouraged carmakers to offer better options in this segment.

Of these innumerable options, we bring forth those ten SUVs that have been the most popular this year, clocking in the highest sales in January and February.

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Mahindra Bolero

Clocking a magnificent sale of 20,712 units in the first two months of 2013, the mighty off-roader of Mahindra has made it to the top of the SUV bestsellers' list of India this year.

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Extremely popular in the rural areas of the country thanks to its extraordinary off-roading capabilities and power-packed engines, the Bolero is in the price range of Rs 565,000-726,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

As for the power-mills, a 2.5-litre, 63bhp, DI turbo diesel engine and a 2.6-litre, 62.1bhp, M2DiCR diesel engine have been employed to drive the SUV around.

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Renault Duster

A fabulous game-changer for Renault India and a fantastic revolution for the Indian auto-industry, the Duster has been at the top of the sales charts ever since it was launched last year in July.

With an extremely competitive pricing that starts at just Rs 7.69 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) and no real competition to slow it down, Renault Duster has already recorded a net sales of 9,144 units this year.

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Available in both petrol and diesel variants, Renault Duster offers a 1.6-litre, 102.6bhp,4-cylinder, In-line motor for the petrol range along with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, K9K engine for the diesel range that comes with dual power options - 85PS and 110PS.

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Mahindra Scorpio

Claiming the third position on the list of SUV best-sellers of 2013 is yet another member of the largest UV manufacturing clan of India.

Packing up a sturdy build, jacketed in a classy outfit, with powerful engines and upmarket features for a starting price of just Rs 7.81 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), Mahindra Scorpio presents an amazing deal to the buyer, which is the reason why it has been able to register a total sales of 8,368 units over the past couple of months.

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The three oil-burners that this Mahindra offspring brings to the table include a 2.5-litre, 74bhp, 4-cylinder, m2DiCR In-line mill and a 2.6-litre, 115bhp, turbocharged engine besides a 2.2-litre, 120bhp, mHawk, CRDe In-line motor.

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Mahindra XUV 500

Famous for its fascinating international styling and state-of-the-art gadgetry, Mahindra XUV500 has recorded a sales figure of 7,193 units for the past two months.

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Falling in a price bracket of Rs 11.80 - 14.42 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), this sensational SUV gets driven by a 2.2-litre, 140bhp, mHawk diesel engine and has been made available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive options.

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Mahindra Quanto

Powered by a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, twin-turbocharged CRDi diesel mill, which happens to be the smallest turbo engine in the world, Mahindra Quanto, also known as Xylo Mini, promises top power and torque outputs of 100bhp and 240Nm respectively together with an impressive mileage of 17.21kmpl (ARAI certified).

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No wonder the crossover has clocked a sale of 5,053 units in just two months.

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Tata Sumo

Tata Sumo, the boisterous SUV from the largest automotive manufacturer of India, has recorded sales of 3,346 units for the first two months of 2013, ending up at the sixth position amongst the top-selling Sports Utilities of the country.

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Apart from excellent Wishbone suspension systems and brilliantly-engineered engines that are not just powerful but efficient too, the Sumo also has a trendy outfit to offer its buyers - all for a starting cost of Rs 5.50 lakh for the Gold range and Rs 7.05 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Grande series.

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Tata Safari

Launched last year in the month of October, Tata Safari Storme, together with the preceding generation of Safari, has registered a net sales of 3,127 units this year.

Being the amazing off-roaders that they are meant to be, both the Safari and the Storme come loaded with all the necessary features and fitments, be it a powerful and refined engine, a comfortable cabin, a full-fledged safety arsenal or a brilliant AWD mechanism.

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As for the price tags, while the Safari range starts at a figure of Rs 8.15 lakh, the Storme has been tagged with a starting price of Rs 9.95 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner, one of the most dynamic Sports Utilities that the Indian auto-market has to offer, got even better this January when a 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox was finally introduced in its line-up.

Bringing the smart and sturdy SUV up to the mark, this new addition proved to be a significant sales-booster for the Fortuner, helping it to clock in a remarkable sales figure of 3,020 units over the first two months of 2013.

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Apart from this autobox, the Fortuner also offers the option of a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, mating both of them to powerful 3.0-litre, 169bhp, 4-cylinder, In-line diesel engines.

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Mahindra Thar

The perfect example of a big brawny 4x4 off-roader, Mahindra Thar has registered a total sales of 1,169 units this year. Available in a two-wheel drive version also, the Thar comes at a starting cost of Rs 4.54 lakh that goes up to Rs 7.11 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-end variant.

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To drive this muscle-machine, 2.6-litre, 63bhp, MDI 3200TC L and 2.5-litre, 103.6bhp, NEF TCI CRDe diesel engines, capable of returning a mileage of 18.06kmpl and 16.55kmpl respectively, have been employed by the manufacturer.

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Mahindra SsangYong Rexton

A terrific off-roader and an incredible on-roader, the Rexton is the first offering of the Mahindra-Ssangyong alliance in India.

Tagged with a starting price of Rs 18.08 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), this classy SUV has recorded a sales of 933 units this year, grabbing the tenth position amongst SUVs in terms of sales.

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Built off the design philosophy of the luxurious Mercedes Benz M-Class and powered by a marvelous 2.7-litre, 162bhp, 5-cylinder, RX270 XDi diesel mill, this Sports Utility had already worked its magic in 66 other countries across the globe before it set foot in India last year.


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