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7 most popular SUVs in India

Last updated on: May 13, 2010 17:18 IST

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A sports utility vehicle is a generic marketing term for a vehicle similar to a station wagon.

Although designs vary, SUVs have historically been mid-size passenger vehicles with a body-on-frame chassis similar to that found on light trucks.

Most SUVs are designed with an engine compartment, a combined passenger and cargo compartment, and no dedicated trunk such as in a station wagon body. Most mid-size and full-size SUVs have three rows of seats with a cargo area directly behind the last row of seats.

Bodies of SUVs have recently become more aerodynamic, but the sheer size and weight keeps their fuel economy poor.

Early SUVs were descendants from commercial and military vehicles such as the World War II Jeep and Land Rover.

SUVs have been popular for many years with rural buyers due to their off-road capabilities.

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Ford Endeavour

Ford has seen great success with Endeavor. The big-sized SUV is sold in both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. Equipped with advanced features and stylish looks, Endeavor has been one of the best selling SUVs in India.

Ford Endeavor has an overall length of 5060 mm, overall width of 1788 mm and overall height of 1826 mm.

The SUV, with wheel base of 2860 mm,  has ground clearance of 210 mm. Its 2953 cc engine delivers maximum power of 156 PS (115Kw) @ 3200 rpm and maximum torque of 380 Nm (38.7 kgm) @ 2500 rpm.

There are two versions of the SUV sold in the Indian auto market - Ford Endeavour 2.5L 4x2 and Ford Endeavour 3.0L 4x4.

The high-end version Ford Endeavour 3.0L 4x4 has features like air conditioner, power windows, power door locks, power steering, anti-lock braking system, immobiliser, cup holders, rear wash wiper, alloy wheels, central locking, steering adjustment, tachometer, child safety locks, front fog lights, rear defroster, leather seats, FM radio and  CD player.

The Ford Endeavour costs Rs 17.1 lakh to Rs 19.74 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.

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Mahindra Scorpio

Scorpio was a winner right from its launch. Mahindra's first SUV built for the international market, has won several prestigious awards. It has seen great success in rural areas of the country due to its sporty looks and off-road capacity.

Scorpio's stylish looks and fuel economy has made it a favorite for Indian SUV buyers. It has overall length of 4430 mm, overall width of 1817 mm and overall height of 1975 mm.

The 2179 cc engine of the SUV delivers power of 118PS @4000rpm and torque of 290Nm @1800rpm.

Scorpio is equipped with various features like power windows, power door locks, power steering, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, central locking, steering adjustment and tachometer. For passenger safety it has anti-lock braking system and immobiliser.

Mahindra keeps adding new features to Scorpio to keep the excitement around the brand intact. A new variant branded as Scorpio Gataway was well appreciated by SUV buyers.

The Mahindra Scorpio costs from Rs 8.13 lakh to Rs 12.12 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.

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Tata Safari Dicor

Tata Safari Dicor is a successful SUV from the stable of Tata Motors. Known for its robust performance and stylish looks, Safari Dicor is a new variant of the old Safari. The vehicle has been selling well since its launch in the market.

With overall length of 4650 mm, overall width of 1918 mm and overall height of 1925 mm, Safari Dicor has impressive presence on the road.

It has a wheel base of 2650 mm and ground clearance of 205 mm. The 2179 cc engine of the SUV offers maximum power of 140PS @4000rpm and maximum torque of 320Nm @1700rpm.

It offers mileage of 15.5 km/liter on high ways, 10.45 km/liter on city roads and overall mileage of 12 km/liter.

Safari Dicor is loaded with various safety and entertainment related features. It has features like power windows, power door locks, power steering, tubeless tyres and tachometer.

It has anti-lock braking system, driver air-bags, passenger air-bags, immobilizer and child safety locks for added safety of passengers.

Tata Safari costs Rs 8.18 lakh to Rs 12.5 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.

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Mitsubishi Pajero

Made for hard-core off-roading, Mitsubishi Pajero has a commanding presence on the road.

With length of 4755 mm, width of 1755 mm and height of 1900 mm, Pajero has wheel base of 2725 mm.

Its 2835 cc engine offers power of 118.6@4000 (PS@rpm) and torque of 29.8@2000

It has features like power windows, power door locks, power steering, folding rear-seat, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres and steering adjustment. The rugged looks of the SUV come with safety features like anti-lock braking system and driver and passenger airbags.

Mitsubishi Pajero would cost you Rs 20.64 lakh to Rs 20.64 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.

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Toyota Fortuner

Fortuner has been a success right from its launch in India.

It has an overall length of 4695 mm, overall width of 1840 mm and overall height of 1850 mm. The car with wheel base of 2750 mm has ground clearance of 225 mm.

The 2982 cc engine of the car delivers power of 286PS @3600rpm and torque of 650Nm @1600rpm.

The car is equipped with features like power windows, power door locks, power steering, traction control, anti-lock braking system, driver air-bags, passenger air-bags, alloy wheels and child safety locks.

The SUV is sold in various colors like grey mica metallic, super white, light blue metallic, silver mica metallic and black mica.

Toyota Fortuner costs Rs 20.24 lakh to Rs 20.24 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.

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Honda CR V

Honda CR V is known for its design, fuel efficiency and comfort.

The car has an overall length of 4575 mm, overall width of 1820 mm and overall height of 1680 mm. It has wheel base of 2620 mm and ground clearance of 185 mm.

The 2354 cc engine of the car gives out power of 161PS @5800rpm and torque of 218Nm @4200rpm.

The SUV comes with features like power windows, anti-lock braking system, driver air-bags, passenger air-bags, alloy wheels, tachometer, child safety locks and leather seats.

The car is sold in colours like new red pearl, nighthawk black pearl, premium white pearl, green tea metallic and whistler silver metallic.

The Honda CR V costs Rs 22.77 lakh to Rs 25.05 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.

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Chevrolet Captiva

Sleekly designed Chevrolet Captiva has overall length of 4660 mm, overall width of 1870 mm and overall height of 1755 mm.

The car is equipped with 1991 cc engine that delivers power of 150 PS @ 4000 rpm and  torque of 320 Nm @ 2000 rpm.

Captiva is equipped with various features related to safety and comfort. The features of the car include anti-lock braking system, traction control, driver air-bags, passenger air-bags, immobilizer, alloy wheels, central locking, steering adjustment, tachometer, child safety locks, front fog lights, leather seats and power seats.

The car is sold in colors like granada black, kandinsky red, linen beige, poly silver and pearl white.

Chevrolet Captiva costs Rs 18.83 lakh to Rs 20.55 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.

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