Crazy Modified Pick Up Trucks – Tata Xenon, Isuzu D-Max, and Mahindra Scorpio Getaway

Indian automotive market isn’t easy to crack. To be successful, one needs a good product, one or two lucrative features, a sound sales and service network, and brand value. Even with all of these in place, it’s not a sure shot way to win. The lifestyle pickup segment, sadly, couldn’t make it big in the country. And much like estates – another segment that not just offered more practical products, but ones which looked more charming, too – the lifestyle pickups (leave the commercial ones aside) appeal a lot to enthusiasts. We take a look at a few modified examples to see how far has the love taken these guys.

Mahindra Scorpio Getaway Custom 3

Let’s start with the Tata Xenon:

A handsome car to start with, the Xenon has proven to be a good platform for modifications. Its appeal is further strengthened by the fact that a simple modification like the ones below can transform it from a good looking pickup to a more serious off-road companion. The presence of fatter rubber, custom bumpers, and other off-road accessories ensure that it’s not just all show and no go.

Tata Xenon custom front

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A soft cover for the loading bay, an extended carrier to stow a spare or two, and a snorkel can only make it look better.

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And even if that’s not enough for you, a pair of foglamps can seal the deal.

Tata Xenon custom

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But none of that show the actual potential of the Xenon as much as the one from Thailand. Not only does it do justice to the ‘modified’ tag. The vehicle you see in the pictures below is a lifted Xenon (non XT; look at the loading bay) and ticks all boxes if you’re looking for a cool pickup. Obviously its road usage is going to be limited, but would you really care?

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That’s not all. It’s not always that you concept vehicles being turned into reality. Mercedes Benz’s Ener-G-Force concept looked really stunning, and thankfully, when someone tried to mimic the look, it turned out better than most would have thought. Just a better paint scheme and alloys, and of course, removal of Merc badges should make it alright.

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Moving on from the Xenon to the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway:

Mahindra Scorpio Getaway custom

Do you remember Gul Panag’s Getaway – Super Milo? Well, this one’s got the same treatment by Sarbloh Motors. This one, without the chunky tyres and added paraphernalia, isn’t as extreme in terms of looks. However as far as modified Getaways go, this one deserves to be on the top of the list.

Mahindra Scorpio Getaway custom

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And the Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu D-Max Thailand

The D-Max is powered by a 2.5-litre engine, comes only in 2WD configuration, but looks properly cool – you know how pickup trucks are supposed to look. And while its presence in the Indian market is confined to the commercial sector only, the D-Max is one vehicle you won’t mind switching your day job for. Just think about it, how bad can be carrying logs of wood, or shifting houses for others be, when you can have a truck this cool.

Isuzu D-Max rally

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