Modification is a way of giving an unique identity to a vehicle. The modification culture is still not as mature as it is in many other developed markets but it is quickly becoming a trend in India. Which are the SUVs with huge modification potential in India? Let’s find out.
Mahindra Thar is the most modified SUV in India. There are almost no stock Thars, except for a few in the showrooms. The Thar is easily customisable with numerous ready-made kits and parts available at customiser workshops.
The easy modifications available for the Thars include off-road spec bumpers, snorkels, hard tops, and off-spec rims and tyres. Most Thar owners modify the vehicle for off-road endeavours and add parts to make it more capable. The resemblance to the Jeep allows many people to create replicas of the Wrangler too.
The Force Gurkha’s Mercedes G-Wagen inspired body makes it a very good looking SUV. The Gurkha is also very capable in its stock form and gets a factory-fitted snorkel. The SUV’s straight-line body design makes it the perfect vehicle to create replicas of the G-Wagen. Also, the Gurkha can be converted to a badass looking off-roader with aftermarket steel rims and off-road spec tyres, off-road spec steel bumpers and auxiliary roof-mounted LED bars.
Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross has picked up quite well in the Indian market. The first popular lifestyle truck looks intimidating even in its stock form but there are many customisation options available for the pick-up. The customisation options include lift kits, off-road spec tyres, snorkel and also a covering for the flatbed for more space. Many people customise the V-Cross to transform them into expedition vehicles too. Such vehicles can be fitted with rooftop tents that can be used for camping.
Toyota Fortuner is a popular global car and is available in many countries where modification jobs are expansive. The Fortuner gets many ready-made body kits from popular customisation houses in Indonesia and Thailand that transforms it into a badass looking Lexus design-inspired SUV. The Toyota Fortuner can also be modified in various other ways including making it more capable for off-road ventures. The modification options include off-road spec bumpers, snorkels and lift kits with aftermarket rims and tyres.
The Endeavour truly looks like an American SUV. The muscular looks of the vehicle with an attention-grabbing stance makes the Endeavour quite popular. Just like the Fortuner, the Endeavour gets many aftermarket body kits that transforms its completely. In India, one can easily get lift-kits, snorkel, Ford F-150 inspired grilles and aftermarket steel rims with off-road spec tyres.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
The Maruti Gypsy is the cheapest 4X4 petrol SUV that you can buy in India. The vehicle is extremely popular for its ruggedness and the lightweight body of the vehicle makes it a very agile and capable vehicle. The Maruti Gypsy’s petrol engine makes it a first choice for enthusiasts who then modify the engine to make it perform better than the stock engines. That is the same reason for the Gypsy entering so many rallies in India. Other popular modification jobs on the Gypsy include an engine swap, off-road spec bumpers, snorkel and off-road spec tyres. The list of engine mods is quite broad too.