Gone are the days when you were required to head to a nearby car decor shop to get your car fitted with some really basic accessories. Today, most mainstream car manufacturers offer various customisation options right at the showroom. These personalization options are enough to give your new car a unique identity, even before you leave the showroom to drive your new car home. Here is a list of as many as 15 cars and SUVs that can be customised even before you buy it.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has been very vocal about its plans for attracting millennials with the Ignis crossover. Thanks to its SUVish design, frugal engines and a rather funky styling, the Ignis is already a fairly attractive car. However, you can make your Ignis stand out by opting for various customisation options that the manufacturer provides. Maruti’s iCreate in-house personalisation wing offers various graphics and roof wraps. You also get accessories like a roof-mounted spoiler, fog lamp garnish and front grille decal.
The latest-gen Swift also gets a handful of iCreate customisation options. Similar to other vehicles that the iCreate caters to, even the all-new Swift gets body-wraps. Maruti is offering six roof wraps that cover the hood and the roof. You also get a handful of body kit options. The body kit includes side skirts, bumper diffusers, and a rear spoiler. Even the interior gets as many as 3 styling kits and many options for the upholstery. You also get many wheel cover and alloy wheel options.
Even the Baleno comes with a host of official accessories. These accessories make the already modern-looking Baleno look even more stylish. Maruti offers the Baleno with bumper diffusers and side skirts. There’s also an option of a luggage carrier. For the interior, you get a host of options. These include aluminium pedals, leather seat covers, leather steering wheel and a high-performance music system with a 140W subwoofer. All these optional accessories make the Baleno a lot more attractive than it already is.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Vitara Brezza is the most popular sub-4m compact SUV in the Indian car market. The Vitara Brezza offers as many as three styling kits – sports, urban and basic. These make the Brezza look more attractive than its regular variant. Accessories on offer include – wheel arc protector, chrome grille garnish, rear protector, body kit, alloy wheels, illuminated door sill guard, ORVM chrome garnish, door visor, fog lamp chrome garnish, a protection film for the tailgate and a mud flap on the exterior. On the inside, the Brezza gets some upholstery options, cushions, rear parcel tray, glove box lamp and floor mats.
Maruti is offering two styling packages: Grandiose and Exuberance. The Grandiose package brings in door visors, body side mouldings and bumper corner protector. The interior gets beige sapphire finished seat cover, Godswood Brown interior styling kit, cushions, tissue box and premium floor carpets. The Exuberance package gets a front spoiler, side skirts and rear bumper extension. For the interior, you get black designer floor mats, crossways dark pitch highlight seat cover and window visors. For the interior, you get many seat upholstery options, floor mat options, rear seat entertainment packages and audio accessories such as a subwoofer and amplifier.
The Tata Nexon is a really very stylish sub-4m compact SUV. However, the official accessories from Tata Motors work to further enhance the look of this vehicle. The official accessories can be fitted to all the trims and include reverse parking sensors, camera with display, heads-up display and TPMS, alloy wheels, puddle lamps with T logo projection, illuminated front logo, chrome door handles, chrome garnish on headlamps, tail-lamps, illuminated scuff plates, LED reading light, Blaupunkt Video Recorder (dash cam), various seat upholstery options, a child seat, front corner sensors, camera display on inside rearview mirror, sidestep and brackets, body cover and DRLs.
The Ford Freestyle is about to be launched in India. The Figo-based Freestyle looks a lot more rugged than the Figo hatchback. It comes with a long list of official accessories, which include body stripes, roof wrap, seat covers, window visors, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, engine undercover, anti-theft nuts, smart ambient lighting and 15-inch alloy wheels. These work well to give the Freestyle an even more stylish look.
The Tata Hexa is currently the flagship model from the country’s famous UV and passenger car maker. The Tata Hexa is available with three custom kits – Tuff Kit, Expedition Kit and Luxe Kit. These kits come with a host of features like a roof box, side sill skirts, rear skirts, Heads Up Display with TPMS, wireless charging with support tray, and 3D modular mats among other smaller bits. There’s also an optional roof-mounted canopy for those of you who love to go camping. All these additional accessories make the already well-sorted SUV-crossover more likeable.
The recently facelifted Ford EcoSport is already pretty attractive due to its butch looks and an unmistakably SUV-ish look. However, Ford India offers a set of official accessories that make the EcoSport look even better. These include stylish roof rails and cross bars, sporty spare wheel cover, rear spoiler, illuminated scuff plates, window visors, sports pedals, many upholstery options and ambient interior lighting.
The Mahindra Thar is easily the most stylish lifestyle vehicle you can buy in India. The SUV gets many customisation options right from the factory. One of the many custom-looks you can opt for the very eye-catching Daybreak edition. The Daybreak is easily among the most eye-catching customised Thar versions you can opt for. Another really attractive customized Thar is the Wanderlust. The custom editions of the Thar, like the Daybreak, offer larger wheels and fatter tires, LED projector headlamps, custom hood, updated door design, and custom wing mirrors. The Daybreak also offers some mechanical updates in the form of differential locks and an updated suspension.
While the TUV300 looks a bit utilitarian compared to cars like the Vitara Brezza, one simply can’t ignore the butch looks it has on offer. Mahindra is offering a handful of accessories that you can buy at the dealership level. These not only make the car look a bit more stylish but also give it a slightly distinct appearance. The accessories on offer include a chrome licence plate, ORVM, fog lamps, rear spoiler and illuminated scuff plate. There’s also a roof carrier and a cycle rack. Other than these accessories, the company also offers an Armour body kit that brings in an updated bumper, a bonnet hull, a side skirt, wheel arch cladding, HUD, sunblinds, rear entertainment package, rain visor and a rearview camera.
The Mahindra Scorpio is easily among the most popular 7-seat SUVs available in India. Thanks to its clean design and rugged stance, the Scorpio can be easily modified to look even more macho and stylish. Mahindra’s official customisation department offers various modification options, some of which even convert the SUV into a rugged pick-up truck. The Scorpio gets flared wheel arches, a custom bull bar, custom wheels, wider tires, a removable lid for the cargo area and a roof-mounted spoiler. These changes help the Scorpio stand apart due to its highly rugged look.
The Kwid is easily the most stylish entry level car available in India. Its mini-me Duster looks make it really attractive and even make it look slightly costlier than it really is. The Kwid comes with as many as 6 official accessory packs that can make the hatchback look stand out. You can opt for various accessories like diamond cut alloy wheels, chrome grille, chrome tail lamp, chrome headlamp eyeliner, chrome fog lamps housing, chrome front bumper garnish, chrome bumper corner protector, chrome weather deflector, illuminated sill plate, chrome garnish on tailgate, bodyside cladding, rear bumper finisher, mud flaps, roof rails and chrome door handles.
Even the RediGo, which is essentially a close relative of the Kwid, offers many customization options to choose from. Basically, there are 5 custom packs that are being offered by the company – Sporty, Premium, Kool, Urban and Style. Out of these, Style, Urban, and Kool bring in many accessories for the exterior, while the Premium and Sporty kits help you jazz up the interior. The exterior accessories include body side moulding, exhaust finisher, front under cover, rear under cover, DRLs, and a rear spoiler. The interior kits bring in new seat covers, trunk carpet, and new carpets.
Mahindra Customisations offers many versions of the rugged-looking Bolero. The one you see above is the Bolero Stinger. The Stinger gets a set of round headlamps and indicators instead of the regular rectangular headlamps. It also gets a rather chunky front bumper that carries a set of foglights near the registration plate housing. Also, like the modified Scorpio you see above, this modified Bolero has been given a dual-cab pickup layout. Mahindra also offers many other such customisation options for the Bolero.