5 WANNABE BMW cars from across India: From Maruti Ciaz to Datsun Go

BMW is among the oldest and well-reputed brands in the world. Originally known as Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works in English, the German manufacturer makes some of the best luxury sedans in the world. However, not everyone can afford a BMW due to the high price of its cars. While most of those who can’t afford a BMW (including me) accept that to be our fate and work harder, a few can’t wait so long for a BMW. Here are a few cars which show what happens when a BMW fanatic is left to his own. From SUVs to sedans and even hatchbacks, these cars go around with a BMW inspired front end which can make a fool of no one.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

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First off is this modified Maruti Suzuki Ciaz that wants to look like an upmarket German sedan. This Ciaz gets a black roof, larger alloy wheels, a custom bumper, and new bulbs for the headlamps. However, the pièce de résistance here is its kidney grille that seems to come from a last-gen BMW 5 series. Here, too, the customiser hasn’t used the badge of the car this Ciaz is trying to mimic, but the kidney grille, which is a signature BMW design element, is a dead giveaway. The execution is pretty good and at first glance, an untrained eye might actually think this one’s a Bimmer.

Datsun Go

Bmw Datsun Go

The Datsun Go is probably the most affordable mid-size hatchback in India and this one lets us know that it is also a decent wannabe BMW car. BMW is relatively lesser known for its hatchbacks internationally. The owner of this humble Datsun Go had a different idea though and hence he went ahead with this look. As was the case with the Ciaz above, the grille has been nicely integrated and the hands behind this job did pretty neat work. The bumper now house chrome mesh styled covers where the foglamps should have been.

Mahindra Scorpio


Mahindra Scorpio is a legendary SUV in the Indian market. It has been around for many years now and is one of the favourite cars in the segment. However, BMWs are more likeable and exotic. This Mahindra Scorpio owner has decided to completely change the looks of the SUV by replacing the front grille to the kidney grille of the BMWs. The signature BMW facade sure looks out of place on the Mahindra Scorpio.

Mahindra XUV500

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The Mahindra XUV500 remained the king of the segment for a long time before the arrival of vehicles like the Tata Harrier. The XUV500 remains one of the best-sellers in the segment. Here is an XUV500 aspiring to become a BMW X5. The Mahindra XUV 500 is a value for money product that carries a base price tag of Rs 12.88 lakhs while the most powerful version of the vehicle produces 155 Bhp -360 Nm. The BMW X5, which is a premium SUV gets a base price tag of Rs 77 lakh and gets powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine that produces a maximum of 258 Bhp.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

So it ends the way it started, i.e., here we are with a wannabe Ciaz again. While we know that the Ciaz is a good selling sedan in the C-segment, what we didn’t knows is that it is fairly popular among the wannabe owners club too. Now the first one here did manage to look decent despite having that kidney grille but this is relatively poorer in terms of aesthetics. The original grille on this one has been covered with a kidney grille and the bonnet sports a BMW badge. Other than this, the Ciaz has an updated bumper that carries new fog lamps