Five Top Selling SUVs in India

Published: 16th July 2009
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The booming economy has given people the income to go for big cars that reflect their lifestyle and accommodate all their gear. So what could be better than SUVs or Sport Utility Vehicles which have a charm unmatched by most luxury sedans! SUVs give a lot of cabin space, a more airy ambience and a high seating position which are liked by many car owners. SUVs give a perfect reason to go on long trips and tough terrain at the drop of a hat. Urban car buyers in India too like its advantages.

Five of the top selling SUVs in India are:

Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero has been the top selling SUV in India for the last three years. For the fiscal year ending on March 2009, Mahindra has recorded sales of 55,924 units in India. The Bolero has evolved as a tough and rugged utility vehicle. It has incorporated ample features and aesthetics that have matched the lifestyles of car buyers in India.

Mahindra launched Bolero in 2001 and since then it has always appeared on the list of top SUVs of India. Its manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra has installed newer systems to keep Bolero fresh for each year. In 2007 Bolero was given a bold new look and greater comfort. In 2008 Bolero was introduced with the CRDe technology (common rail diesel engine) which enhanced fuel efficiency and bettered performance. A micro-hybrid Bolero was also launched for eco-conscious car buyers. Bolero offers superior value for money and an unmatched style for urban car buyers.

Ford Endeavour

When Ford was struggling to grab a higher market share of the Indian car market, it launched the Endeavour. The seven seater giant SUV offered world class design and engineering. The SUV also offers alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. It is designed to be a perfect family car in the interior while posing as a menacing beast on the roads. The ample 141 bhp of power is enough to take on the tough terrain with ease. Available in both - all wheel drive (AWD) and rear wheel drive (RWD), the car has agile performance which is surprising for a SUV. The Ford Endeavour is unashamed about the steep pricing of being above Rs 18 Lakh.

Mahindra Scorpio

Scorpio was the car that launched Mahindra has a passenger car seller. Till then it was known as manufacturer selling utility vehicles meant for the rural areas. The Mahindra Scorpio became an instant hit and created a new segment of car buyers who liked its sporty looks and its turbocharged performance. Its 120 bhp output matched the foreign made cars. The car buyers were allowed to choose either an all wheel drive or two wheel drive configurations. The car offered fantastic mileage for a SUV of 11km/l in city, which wooed buyers with enough dough to Mahindra dealerships. Scorpio was later offered with, mHawk engine, CRDe technology and others for better fuel efficiency. The Mahindra stable has been churning out Scorpio in different variants to cater to its huge fan following in India. It is the leader of SUV market in India.

Tata Safari Dicor

The Tata Safari DiCOR was launched at the fag end of 90's. It was the first elegant bodied Tata SUV aimed at Indian urban elite. Available in 10 variants and six 4X2 configurations Tata Safari offers one of the widest choices of customisation. Tata powered the car with an indigenously developed direct injection common rail which made its one of the fastest beast on Indian roads with 138 bhp of power and massive 320 Nm of torque churned under the hood. Tata Safari offers some unique features like the height adjustable driver's sets, video screen behind the front headrests, climate control system, alloy wheels and tilt adjustable steering wheel. Available in petrol and diesel options it has two drive configurations.

Mitsubishi Pajero

One of the top selling SUVs in India, Mitsubishi Pajero has a world class design, which set the mood for a long drive. The boxy Pajero is the closest rival of Ford Endeavour. Known as one of the world's most powerful off roaders, it offers a healthy 117 bhp of power. Available only as single variant in India, the Pajero has commanding presence on the road. One of its attractive features is the sports cockpit, and plush leather upholstery which give it style with substance. The handsome rugged looks come with some real safety features like the ABS brakes, airbags and engine immobilizer. It make it an attractive proposition, Pajero is priced the same throughout the country as Mitsubishi adopted the one country, one price policy.

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