SUVs are fast becoming a favorite in the Indian market. Year on year, the SUV segment has grown by a whopping 32% in the Indian market, whereas small cars only managed about 13% year on year, while some individual models have shrunk.
Even in the premium segment, the demand for SUVs is rising rapidly, with a host of expensive and luxurious SUVs now available in the Indian market.
Here’s a list of the most expensive SUVs available in the Indian market.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo (Tiptronic)
Price: Rs. 1.30 crore
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is a sporty four-seater SUV that is powered by a 4.8-litre turbo-charged petrol engine that puts out 498 bhp of power and a huge 700 Nm of torque with a seven-speed automatic transmission featuring tiptronic paddle shifts and permanent four-wheel drive. It comes with all the standard safety features one expects in a sporty SUV – including traction control, hill assist, eight airbags etc.
Mercedes Benz AMG 55 G-Wagen
Price: Rs. 1.11 crore
The Mercedes Benz G55 AMG may not look at all like a luxury SUV from the exterior, given its old school classic, utilitarian design. The Tempo Trax, Tata Sumo and Mahindra Bolero have all been inspired by this model. It is powered by a 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine that produces a whopping 507 bhp at 6,100 rpm. This SUV can put many sports cars to shame with its performance. It can go from 0-100 kmph in a under 5.5 seconds. It features HID headlamps, an in-car COMAND infotainment system, leather upholstery and wood finish. It has extremely good off-road ability.
Toyota Landcruiser LC 200 VX
Price: Rs. 1.01 crore
The Toyota LandCruiser is one of the most popular luxury SUVs in the Indian market. Its huge size and space for seven people make it a very comfortable cross-country cruiser. The LandCruiser LC 200 VX is powered by a 4.5-litre V6 diesel engine that puts out 282 bhp of power and 662 Nm of torque. It comes with a full-time four-wheel drive system with a very competent low-ratio gearbox for extreme off-road use and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Range Rover Sport
Price: Rs. 89 lakh
The Range Rover Sport comes in three variants. A 3-litre diesel that’s priced at about Rs. 76 lakh, a V8 petrol and the V8 petrol supercharged. The 5-litre V8 petrol engine with supercharger puts out a mammoth 508 bhp of power and 625 Nm of torque. The Range Rover comes with a fully electronic 4×4 system with “Terrain Response”, where can select various driving modes depending on the driving conditions.
Mercedes Benz GL Class
Price: Rs. 82 lakh
The Mercedes Benz GL Class is powered by a 8-cylinder V8, 5.46 litre petrol engine that puts out 390 bhp of power and 530 Nm of torque. It has an on-demand all-wheel drive system with a seven-speed automatic transmission. It comes shod with huge 20-inch wheels. It can seat five in comfort, with the option of two more passengers on short trips in the boot area.
Mercedes Benz M-Class
Price: Rs. 72 lakh (estimated)
Mercedes Benz is introducing the 2012 M-Class in the Indian market, which replaces the earlier model. The new M-Class will be powered by a 350 CDI diesel motor that puts out 258 Bhp of power and 620 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-GTRONIC automatic transmission which is same as in the outgoing model. The new M-Class is expected to come equipped with engine start/stop technology, all time four-wheel-drive system. Other features such as the AIRMATIC air suspension and Adaptive Damping System (ADS) may likely be retained in the new model.
Price: Rs. 86 lakh
The BMW X6 is a curious mix of sports coupe and SUV. It has a rather unique design with its sloping rear roofline. It comes in two variants, with the more expensive one being the twin-turbo petrol model with a 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with a 8-speed automatic transmission and on-demand four-wheel drive. It puts out 405 bhp of power and 600 Nm of torque. It is a comfortable enough long-distance cruiser with go-anywhere ability for four people.
Audi Q7 4.2 Quattro TDI
Price: Rs. 66 lakh
At over 5 meters in length, the Audi Q7 is a huge SUV, but does a good job of hiding its size. It can seat seven people and comes with a 4.2 litre 8-cylinder diesel engine that puts out 338 bhp of power and 760 Nm of torque. It has a six-speed automatic transmission with an on-demand all-wheel drive system patented by Audi (the Quattro system).
Volkswagen Touareg V6 3.0 TDI
Price: Rs. 53 lakh
The Volkswagen Touareg is VW’s premium offering in the luxury SUV market. It comes with a very peppy 3-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine that puts out 238 bhp of power and 550 Nm of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes with an on-demand four-wheel drive system and plenty of ground clearance which makes it quite competent off-road as well.
Volvo XC90 V8 AWD
Price: Rs. 51 lakh
The Volvo XC90 is a pretty comfortable SUV for long-distance travel. It can seat 7 and comes with a refined 4.4 litre V8 petrol engine that puts out 312 bhp of power and 440 Nm of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. It has a permanent all-wheel drive system that makes it a good and spacious soft-roader at best.