The term Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) was earlier used to designate vehicles that were quite rugged and could easily be taken on an off-roading adventure. However, in today’s automotive world the term SUV refers to many compact utility vehicles, most of whom only offer high ground clearance and striking designs but can’t really do match the ‘real’ SUVs when it comes to off-roading.
In this post, we take a look at off-road avatars of popular compact SUVs could look like.
The Tata Nexon is known for its unconventional design and has become one of the big players in the sub-4-metre compact SUV segment in India. While its unconventional design attracts attention wherever it goes, it really doesn’t look ready for the rough stuff. The image above imagines what an off-road ready Nexon could look like with a custom bumper large scuff plate, winch and auxiliary lamps up front. The off-road-ready Nexon also features a snorkel, roof mounted fog lamps and spare wheels along with a raised ground clearance and large all-terrain tyres. The Nexon also features a dual-tone paint job.
The Ford EcoSport is the compact SUV that really started the push towards these vehicles becoming a common sight on Indian roads. The off-roading EcoSport seen above has been rendered by the same person who rendered the Nexon seen earlier in this post. The off-roading EcoSport features metal front bumper with an integrated bull bar which looks like it can handle heavy hits with ease. Also seen up front are two tow hooks, a metal bash plate, and aux lamps. The EcoSport also features custom fenders underneath which sit the larger wheels and tyres. The rendering also shows the EcoSport with a snorkel, a roof-mounted LED light bar and roof carrier. The rendered EcoSport also sports yellow-tinted headlamps and a matte black paint for a bolder look.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Brezza is the best selling SUV in India today and the rendering seen above imagines it as a vehicle that will be at ease while hitting the rough stuff. The off-road Brezza sports auxiliary lamps, a skid plate and a tow hook all of which sit on the custom bumper that also hosts a huge bull bar as well. The rendering also shows the Brezza with a roof-mounted luggage box, lifted suspension setup and chunky all-terrain tyres.
The Mahindra TUV300’s boxy styling is inspired by design of battle tanks. The rendering seen above manages to make the TUV300 look more like its design muse by fitting the TUV300 with actual tank tracks. The grille on the rugged TUV300 has been replaced by a matte black grille with horizontal slats. While the original bumper has been retained it now features two tow hooks. The wheel arches feature black plastic cladding and the lower section of the doors gets diamond steel plate covers. There’s also a roof carrier for all your extra luggage. This TUV300 sports a white paint scheme with Zebra-inspired graphics.
The Hyundai Creta is the second-best selling SUV in the country today and the rendering imagines it as a rugged off-roader. The Creta gets a two-tone metallic light blue/ metallic black paint job along with rally-inspired graphics. The front bumper, grille, ORVMs are blacked out as well, though the metallic paint finish ensures that they are seen everywhere this off-roading Creta wants to go. The fenders too feature black cladding and there is even a black roof box fitted to the top section of the SUV.