With time, the design of the vehicles has evolved according to the taste and requirement of the market. The same goes for SUVs in India. While many SUVs now offer a graceful look rather than the brute, tough looks that can intimidate on the road. Luckily, there are still quite a few SUVs that can offer a massive street presence even in the affordable segment. Here is a list of ten such SUVs that offer the best street presence in India.
The newly launched Tata Harrier is the first vehicle that gets the IMPACT 2.0 design language and it has the ability to stand out in the crowd. The all-new Tata Harrier gets a very unique front-end design with separate DRL housing that forms an extended part of the grille and separate housing for the headlamp cluster that is positioned below in the bumper. The Harrier is also quite big in the dimensions, in fact, even wider and longer than the XUV 500, which gives it a massive street presence.
The new Force Gurkha looks heavily inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen and it can turn a lot of heads on the roads. Even in the stock form, the Gurkha can look intimidating, thanks to its factory-installed snorkel and grille that covers the big round headlamps of the SUV. The Gurkha also gets aftermarket off-road bumper-inspired look at the front and very wide fenders that add to the street presence of the SUV.
The Mahindra Thar has an iconic shape and has a massive street presence. The off-roading focussed SUV is one of the best-selling vehicles in the segment. The Thar offers classic looks with the vertically slated front grille and round headlamps on either side. Even though the Thar is only available with the soft-top in the current form, it gets heavily flared fenders and a heavy build body with exposed hinges on the doors!
The Mahindra Scorpio has been around in the Indian market for a long time now. Even though the Scorpio has evolved quite a lot over the years, it offers a massive street presence even in the latest form. There are quite a few modified Mahindra Scorpio that can steal all the looks on the road but even in stock form, the Scorpio can look very intimidating.
Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is the most successful lifestyle pick-up truck in India and now has a cult following. Most of the V-Cross pick-up trucks spotted on the roads are lifted and get aftermarket tyres that make them look like a monster truck. The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross gets a wide grille and large headlamps and with the pick-up style body, most of the eyes will not miss it on the road.
The Cheetah-inspired Mahindra XUV500 is massive in size but with the facelifted version that has added a new larger chrome grille to the vehicle makes it even more noticeable on the road. The XUV500 in its latest form offers large headlamps that look connected to the foglamps. A glimpse of the XUV500 in the rearview mirror can make people give way to it easily on the road.
The Mahindra TUV 300 looks butch and gets a tank-like build that makes it highlighted on the roads. The TUV 300 gets a very boxy design and the front-end is occupied by big headlamps enclosing the vertically slated grille. Mahindra also offers quite a few in-house customisation options that further makes the vehicle look extremely good.
Tata Hexa was one of the first vehicles launched after Tata announced its design transformation initiative. The Hexa has a massive street presence thanks to the massive humanity line under the grille at the front. It also gets a big air dam and massive fog lamp housings. The Hexa can easily look like an expensive premium car, thanks to its floating-roof design and chrome stripe underlining the window line of the SUV.
Tata Safari Storme
The Tata Safari Storme follows the design of the iconic Safari closely. There is no doubt that Safari was one of the most intimidating vehicles on the roads in its era and even now, the Safari Storme with the same DNA can re-create the magic.
The Mahindra Bolero’s intimidating look has been diluted over the years but it can still look badass on the roads. The latest Mahindra Bolero has become a sub-4m vehicle to gain on the tax benefits but the crude looks of the MUV can turn a lot of heads on the road. The Bolero also gets exposed hinges on the doors and is known for its durability.