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Most exciting MUV, SUV facelifts

Last updated on: January 4, 2013 11:19 IST

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Last year, when the auto industry witnessed a slowdown, utility vehicle segment defied the trend. This segment (Includes SUVs and MUVs) posted 62 per cent yearly growth, establishing a new trend in the motown.

It felt as if buyers suddenly discovered that utility vehicles are perfect family cars owning to their functionality, safety, road presence, powerful engines and, most importantly, passenger carrying capacity.

The share of utility vehicles in the passenger vehicle space in 2005-06 stood at 15 per cent, this has grown to 20 per cent in 2012. Presently every fifth vehicle sold in India is a utility vehicle.

Realising the changing preference of the consumers, automakers not only introduced new vehicles in the segment but also gave facelifts to their popular models.

Here are some exciting facelifts carmakers gave to their Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and Multi Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) last year.

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Toyota Fortuner

Launch date: January 5, 2012

Right in the first week and first day of Delhi Auto Expo Toyota launched refreshing Fortuner SUV.

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With frontage inspired from senior Toyota Land Cruiser, it got modified projector headlamps with washer, new bumper line, modern fog lamp housing and 12-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. Besides exteriors, the inside of cabin didn't receive much of significant newness.

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Toyota Innova

Launch Date: January 5, 2012

Another dark horse from Japanese automaker was provided with tweaks in styling. Dimensions of Toyota Innova were now more upright and sporty looking with swept-back headlamps and new fog lamps.

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Interiors observed noticeable modifications like light beige, novel central console, dark-wood inserts, 6-inch touch display for DVD, audio and bluetooth controls alongside reverse camera.

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Mahindra Xylo

Launch date: February 8, 2012

The Stylish New Xylo came with all-new sporty XUV 500-sorts front dressed-up in signature Mahindra grille, smoked headlights, more artistic bumper and urbane roof rails alongside blackened A, B and C pillars.

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The new variant addition E9, sporting 2.2L MHAWK engine was imperative here, while high-end elements cruise control, leather seats, mounted controls and theatre-effect lighting were notable inside.

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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Launch date: March 12, 2012

The iconic off-roader on Indian soil Pajero SFX was supplied with creative excellence inside-out resulting in 'Sport' avatar.

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The underline aspect was its new 2.5L diesel engine that roared 176BHP and greater torque of 400Nm. The astonishing 7-seater now had central console with faux-wood, while the dashboard/doors were done with black & beige twin-tone theme.

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Chevrolet Tavera

Launch date: March 21, 2012

New Tavera received visible changes on the exteriors and interiors, that were more than sufficient for this mass-segment people mover.

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Clear new headlamps, signature grille with bigger bowtie alongside twin-exterior shade were seen outside, while new fabric trim, and modern instrument were spotted inside. Nonetheless, inclusion of acclaimed 2.0L BSIV diesel engine grabbed much attention.

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Mitsubishi Outlander

Launch date: March 26, 2012

The mean-looking and best available petrol SUV this year got two rear child-seats incorporated making it an ideal family vehicle.

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Pretty less changes was seen outside, while interiors had cruise control, premium Rockford Fosgate 710W 6CD changer music system with USB & AUX-in. Coziness comprise of leather and wooden trims combo on dash, 3-spoke leather wrapped mounted steering.

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Mitsubishi Montero

Launch date: April 16, 2012

The globally fourth generation Pajero, or Montero, got new skin with beefy front bumpers, all-new chrome-slat grille and big clear bi-xenon headlamps, in short bestowing a monstrous stand.

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The interiors had minimal tweaks with new style stitch on leather seats, power-window panel with new gloss along with new illumination courtesy lamp for suave ambience.

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Chevrolet Captiva

Launch date: June 26, 2012

This premium vehicle, Chevrolet Captiva, came with real charismatic elements alongside effortless 6-speed AT mechanism under hood.

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With standard new Chevy grille and formidable front, some exclusive insertions include cruise control, stylish sunroof, heating at third row, electrically powered parking brake and rain-sensing wipers together with 5+2 flexi seating to fit in 7 occupants comfortably.

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Volkswagen Touareg

Launch date: September 26, 2012

The German luxury SUV, 2012 VW Touareg comes with 3.0L diesel motor generating huge power of 245PS and 550Nm torque.

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The freshness is delivered in the form of 18-inch karakum alloys, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon auto LED headlamps. For comfort there is a climatronic 4-zone AC and 14-way power adjustable seat at front.

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Tata Safari Storme

Launch Date: October 17, 2012

The SUV that made most of the news this year finally made way to company showroom with awesome response.

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With improved mechanicals, 2.2 liter VariCor engine and sturdy 4X4, and even more staggering looks it was offered in six colors. With better dash, improved soft touch plastic, wood and leather inserts it also provided leather upholstery alongside much superior safety features.

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