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All you want to know about these 4 stunning SUVs

Last updated on: December 9, 2010 12:35 IST

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The recently launched Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) XC60's maker Volvo has said it would not be importing any of its cars to India from its upcoming facility in China.

Thus, the recently launched compact luxury SUV XC60 will be imported as a completely built unit from the company's facility in Ghent, Belgium.

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The Indian car market has recently seen a number of SUV and MUV launches even as the country's environment minister called them 'socially useless vehicles'.

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An SUV or MUV's true mettle lies in the kind of power it can generate.

Since this has been a season of SUV and MUV launches it would be interesting to check out whether the recently launched bunch has what it takes to be a true blue SUV or MUV.

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Hyundai Santa Fe

The Korean Hyundai Motor hold about 15 per cent of the Indian car market but its expertise lies in the small car and hatchback segments.

The Santa Fe, that has been a success abroad, is the company's second attempt in the segment after the Tucson.

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The Santa Fe comes with a Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI), Euro V, four-cylinders, 16 valve, Double Over Head Camshafts (DOHC), 2.2L engine.

It is mated with a six-speed manual transmission gearbox and generates 197 PS peak power at 3800 rpm and 420Nm of torque between 1800 - 2500 rpm.

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The 197PS engine and six-speed manual gearbox takes the car to 60 kms in just 9.8 seconds and touches a top speed of 190 kmph.

The Santa Fe has a tall third gear and can easily cross the 130 kmph mark in it.

Hyundai has priced it between Rs 20,95,000 and Rs 22,95,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Tata Aria

Tata Motors has a good presence in the country's small car and hatchback segments and does well in the entry level sedan segment too.

With the luxury brand Jaguar Land Rover the company also has a presence in the ultra luxury segment.

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But the company had no product in the crossover category till the Tata Aria came along.

Tata Aria is an eight-seater luxurious crossover build on the roadster concept and is powered by a 2.2L, Direct Injection Common Rail (DICOR) engine that powers the Tata Safari.

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The 2.2L mill is capable of producing 140bhp max power at 4000rpm with 320Nm torque at 1700-2700rpm.

Aria does the 0 to 100 kmph sprint in 14 seconds and touches the top speed mark of 162 kmph.

The car is priced between Rs 12,90,901 and Rs 15,50,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Skoda Yeti

The company recently launched an upgraded Fabia and the compact SUV Yeti.

The Yeti attempts to fill the void that has been created after Octavia stopped selling in cities with Euro IV emission norms.

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This compact SUV by Skoda is powered by a 2.0 TDI common rail diesel engine, which also powers two of its siblings - Superb and Laura.

The engine generates 140 bhp of max power and 32.4 kgm of peak torque at 1750 rpm.

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It takes the Yeti from 0 to 100 kmph in 10.8 seconds and helps it touch a top speed mark of 190 kmph.

The car has been priced between Rs 15,40,324 and Rs 16,62,721 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Volvo XC60

Among the few models launched by Volvo in the country the XC60 is the most recent.

It is powered by a 2.4 litre five-cylinder turbo diesel engine capable of generating 205bhp max power at 4000 rpm and 420Nm of torque between 1500-3250 rpm.

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The engine is teamed with a six-speed steptronic gearbox and does the 0 to100km/h sprint in about 8.9 seconds.

The XC60 gets a permanent all-wheel-drive system and comes with a price tag of Rs 39,50,000 - Rs 39,50,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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