Here are a bunch of wannabe cars, cars that started off life as something but then thought of getting a make over to be more happening.
Vitara Brezza to Range Rover
The Vitara Brezza is a popular compact SUV. The company introduced the vehicle last year and it has gone on to become the highest selling utility vehicle in the country. The Brezza, despite being quite new to the market, already has enough modified examples. Here are two examples of Brezzas that have tried to take on a Range Rover look.
The red one has a Range badging on the bonnet, similar to what you would find on a Range Rover product. The white one doesn’t have the badging, but has a grille that is of the Land Rover style. While the cars do look good, putting other badging on a car is not really cool.
Safari to Audi
The Tata Safari was India’s first true blue SUV. It was a car that gained a lot of reputation for that very fact. However, over the years the craze for this car has gone down. Here is an example of one that has been modded to look like an Audi Q7. It has the new large hexagonal grille, like that on the Q7 and also bears the Audi logo in front. Funky new fog lamps have also been added to the vehicle. While this isn’t fooling anyone, the effort made is quite commendable.
Amby to Bentley
The Amby is among the most under rated vehicles in the Indian industry. It is a car that still has one of the best rear seats. The Amby isn’t very premium or high-end looking though. It looks very bland and basic. This owner has given his Amby a make over to make it look like a Bentley. He has opted for the sharp bonnet lines, the headlamps and the grille with the logo on top. Not a bad attempt.
Sonata to Chrysler
The Sonata was quite reputed when it was first introduced in the Indian market. The loud styling and the massive use of chrome happened to appeal to many customers. Here is one example of a Sonata which has been given a bigger make over, to make it look like a Chrysler. It now bears the Chrysler styled front grille which looks out of place on this very car sadly.
TUV to Jeep
Here is one example of a very well modded TUV. This TUV has been converted into a Jeep Cherokee. and boy-o-boy what a job they have done. The company which has done the mod has managed to replicate the design of the Jeep very well into the TUV. The car now has the Jeep styled grille, new projector headlamps with a new bumper, which makes the car very appealing to look at, at least from certain angles.
Continued below: Wannabe cars of India- III
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Here is part-II of the story on wannabe cars from India.
Premier 118 NE to Mercedes
The 118 NE was one of the few affordable sedans to be on sale in the country in the early 1990s. At that time, you had the option of either a Fiat, an Ambassador or this. The 118 NE was built by Premier and it came with engines supplied by Peugeot.
There are many examples of modified 118s in the country. Here is one that has been modifed to look like a Mercedes. The owner has put the Mercedes grille and the older generation Mercedes headlamps. The bumper too has been redone to make the car look more premium.
Esteem to Mercedes
The Esteem was among the most popular sedans in the country at one point in time. It was the best mix of sportyness and luxury. Here is one Esteem that thinks it is a Mercedes. The owner has put the front end of the Mercedes Mclaren SLR onto his car. The car now has headlamps, which look like they have been borrowed from the Sonata. The grille, and the bumper resemble that of the SLR. A bit too over done in our opinion.
Ikon to Alfa Romeo
The Ford Ikon was among the first driver oriented sedans in the country. Ford has always had a reputation for making good driver focussed cars for the enthusiast, and the Ikon was no exception. This Ikon here has been given a mod job to make it look like an Alfa Romeo. On one hand, we have the Alfas, which are among the best looking products and on the other end we have this, which is something that doesn’t really do justice to the badge.
Octavia to BMW
The Octavia showcased how premium sedans could be fun to drive, luxurious, be well built and long lasting. While the Skoda brand is considered to be quite premium, here is one example of a more premium Octavia. The owner has changed the grille and placed BMW’s kidney style grille to it, also adding the BMW logo on top to make it look like the German.
Contessa to Accent
While the Contessa is a classic car, here is one example of a Contessa which has been modernised. It now has the front end of an Accent, which actually doesn’t look all that bad. While the transformation is well done, the only problem is that that nose of the Contessa is way too high and that is not suiting the look. Classic car enthusiasts will obviously hate what’s been done to this steed.