A few hits and misses aplenty. That’s been the story of DC Design, India’s premium automobile outfit that continues to churn out a wide variety of designs across vehicle categories. Over the past couple of years, the Dilip Chhabria owned design outfit has delivered a bunch of natty designs that look quite good in the flesh. We round up five of DC Design’s best car designs in recent times.
The Avanti is easily DC Design’sswansong when it comes to putting together a striking looking design, and productionizing it. The Avanti is India’s first serially produced sportscar, with production taking place at DC Design’s Talegaon factory. The car is powered by a 2 liter, turbocharged petrol engine sourced from Renault. Good for 250 Bhp-360 Nm, the turbo petrol motor that is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox propels the rear wheel Avanti to a top speed of 180 Kph. The 0-100 Kph sprint comes up in 6 seconds. The Avanti carries an ex-showroom price of 35 lakh rupees.
DC Ford Ecosport
The Ford Ecosport modified by DC Design is a mean looker, what with a front end inspired by a stealth fighter plane. The crossover’s butch looks have been retained. The DC Ecosport is one of the better modifications coming out from the Indian design outfit, and also has comprehensively modified interiors to show for.
The modified Ecosport doesn’t feature any mechanical changes though and the vehicle you’ll receive after customization will be mechanically unchanged from the donor car you send across to DC Design for modification. The cost of this transformation, exclusive of the donor car’s cost, is around 4 lakh rupees.
DC Renault Duster
The Renault Duster is another compact SUV that has received a custom makeover from DC Design. As is the case with the DC Ecosport, the customized Duster features a new front end, and extensively modified interiors.
The latter really give the Duster a new dimension as the stock interiors of this compact SUV are nothing to write home about.
Also, the seats of the DC Duster can be combined to form a bed. The Duster put through the knife costs about 3.49 lakh rupees, and this price is exclusive of the donor vehicle.
DC Mahindra XUV500
The XUV500 crossover is one of Mahindra’s best designs in recent times. The vehicle with the DC Design treatment comes out more butch than before. However, the modification to the crossover’s exteriors is minimal, which is a welcome departure from DC Design’s usual fare, which is usually overdone.
The DC XUV500 doesn’t feature any mechanical changes. However, the interiors of the vehicle can be comprehensively customized given the larger space the designers at DC Design have to play with. And this is what DC Design has done.
DC Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo customized by DC Design is a very muscular design. With the launch of the GT twins, this muscular design will find the right expression as the new Polo GT Twins add the much needed push and shove under the hood. Wide haunches, sleek headlamps and a revised tail section characterize the DC Polo.
The taller tyres, jacked up suspension and three door design give the Polo the stance of a crossover. And you almost begin to think that a crossover based on the Polo is what Vokswagen should do to gain a foothold in India’s compact SUV class.