Back in the day, the term ‘SUV’ was used only for vehicles that were sufficiently rugged and could easily go off the road. The advent of ‘soft-roaders’ and low-cost compact SUVs, however, led to a big change in the way we use this term. Today, there are many compact SUVs on sale in India that look bold and have a high ground clearance but are no match for the ‘real’ off-roaders. No wonder, then, that many have already imagined their off-road avatars. Here’s how these off-road avatars of our popular compact SUVs look like –
The Tata Nexon has been rather quick with establishing itself in the sub-4-meter SUV market. The Nexon offers powerful engines, a comfortable interior, and a long list of features. While it looks really modern, it doesn’t have the kind of ruggedness one associates with true-blue off-roaders. Seen above is a rendering that imagines the Tata Nexon in its off-road-ready avatar. Up front, it gets a custom bumper and a huge scuff plate. It also gets an electric winch and a pair of auxiliary lamps. The spare wheel has been placed on a roof-carrier. The SUV also gets roof-mounted fog lamps and a snorkel. The most important bit, however, is the raised ground clearance along with huge all-terrain tires. This Nexon features a custom dual-tone paint job and yellow-tinted headlights. Macho enough, no?
Even the Ford EcoSport has been given the off-road treatment by the same artist who created the Tata Nexon Off-road render. The EcoSport you see in the above speculative rendering sports a heavy-duty, off-road-ready metal bumper that has an integrated bull-bar. There’s a set of aux lamps mounted on the bull-bar. The bumper features a couple of tow hooks. There’s also a metal bash plate to protect the underbody. This EcoSport also features custom fenders to accommodate the bigger wheels and tires. There’s also a snorkel, roof carrier and a roof-mounted LED light bar. This EcoSport features yellow-tinted headlamps and a matte black paint for a bolder look. We approve, totally!
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The artist of the above rendering has visualized a Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza that can be safely taken off the road. As per this rendering, the off-road variant of the Brezza features a custom bumper and a huge bull bar that encompasses the entire front-end. There’s also a set of auxiliary lamps, a scuff plate, and a tow hook. This Brezza features a roof-mounted luggage box to carry all the extra belongings on an off-road expedition. The suspension has been lifted and this Brezza rides on custom wheels shod with chunkier, all-terrain tires.
Mahindra says that the TUV300 has been inspired by a battle tank. Well, it looks like the creator of the above rendering took the claim a bit too seriously. Actually, he has imagined a TUV300 that gets tank tracks instead of four wheels. Also, the original front grille has been replaced with a matte black unit with horizontal slats. The original bumper has been retained but gets two tow hooks. The wheel arches get a black plastic cladding while the lower part of the doors gets diamond steel plate covers. There’s also a roof carrier that can help you carry extra luggage. This TUV300 has a white paint scheme with Zebra-inspired graphics.
Here is a Hyundai Creta that has been imagined in an off-road-ready avatar. This Creta gets a two-tone exterior colour scheme that features a metallic light blue paint shade with a metallic black contrast. This Creta also gets rally car-inspired dirt graphics. The front bumper, radiator grille and ORVMs also get a metallic black finish. The original alloy wheels have been replaced with a set of black-painted custom alloy wheels shod with beefier, all-terrain rubber. The side profile also gets a plastic cladding for the fenders. The roof gets a luggage box to carry all the extra equipment.