Snapshot – There’s something about a tastefully modified SUV that makes one want to stop by and take a second glance. SUVs represent pure macho and the ones that are modified bag even more eyeballs. Here are five such examples of tastefully modified SUVs from Punjab, a part of the country where the SUV culture is rich and thriving.
Monster Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
Sarbloh Motors run by Jaskirat Nagra has put together a monster of a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy that looks like no other Gypsy in the country. To put it mildly, modifications are extensive. This Gypsy take the whole cred of go-anywhere to an all new level. Lifted suspension is just one part of the equation. The body gets chopped, with a rollbar added into the cabin to make for a stance that is ATV like. This off roader can transport two adults.
Under the hood, the 1.3 liter petrol motor gets replaced by a torquey, 3.1 liter turbo diesel engine sourced from Japanese diesel engine specialist Isuzu. Dana 44 solid axles and differential locks are standard. Amada Xtreme coilovers handle suspension duties. The engine, along with modified transmission to suit rock crawling and dune bashing means that this Gypsy can clamber up walls and jump kerbs like it’s nobody’s business. Here, take a look.
Willy’s CJ3B Diesel
This Willy’s CJ3B is as basic as Jeeps get but with one major change. Under the hood, a Toyota 3C turbo diesel engine has been transplanted, which makes for good reliability and torque. A 5 speed Isuzu sourced gearbox with a 4X4 transfer case handles torque transmission. This jeep is off road ready, and the mud terrain tyres that are narrow enough to take on off roading duties point to that. The Runva 6000 pound winch mounted on the front bumper is another off road oriented item on this Willy’s. All in all, the Willy’s CJ3B Diesel you’re looking at is an exercise in minimalism. The canvas top and the roll bar are other neat bits.
[Images courtesy NIOC on Facebook]
Mahindra Bolero 4X4 Custom
The Mahindra Bolero is India’s very own Mercedes Benz G-Wagen as far as butch looks go. Over the years though, Mahindra has made this highly capable MUV a caricature of its original self by making styling changes that are too flashy to be classy. A Team-BHPian has put the Bolero back on track with tastefully executed modifications. From a custom bumper up front to a 12,000 pound winch from Ironman, this Bolero LX 4X4 also features a high lift jack, custom side steps that double as rock sliders, Lambda free wheeling hubs, an uprated turbocharger from the Scorpio CRDe, Toyo twin stage leaf spring suspension and revised gas charged dampers, a snorkel, a massive bull bar and modified interiors with Innova captain seats.
[Images courtesy Team-BHP]
Modified Willy’s Jeep
This Willy’s Jeep has been heavily customized to not just look good but perform well as a daily ride. Under the hood, a 2.6 liter CRDe turbo diesel motor from the Scorpio and the KMT 90 gearbox have been transplanted. The Jeep runs on chunky Maxxis Bighorn mud terrain tyres on tasty alloy wheels. On the inside, the jeep gets custom seats with five point seat belts while the steering is a smaller, sportier unit. A winch, high lift jack, LED light bar and revised bumpers are other changes. A custom paint job rounds off the modifications on this highly desirable off roader.
[Images courtesy SarblohMotors on Facebook]
Beautifully restored Nissan Patrol [JONGA]
The JONGA is an Indianized version of the Nissan Patrol P60, an iconic off roader. The Patrol P60 you’re seeing here is a restored version with the intent of keeping as many things as possible original, while improving a few other aggregates such as the interiors and running gear. The Patrol P60 features a 3 liter HINO diesel engine that makes about 110 Bhp and 280 Nm. A three speed manual gearbox and a four wheel drive transfer case with two speeds come standard with this SUV. The restored version rides on mud terrain tyres, and receives revised bumpers and side steps. The interiors have also been refurbished with better quality materials for the seats and the door trims.