ROAD RAGE

India Today - - AUTO -

The SUV is the only seg­ment that has shown some prom­ise this year. Whether it was the Toy­ota For­tuner with its im­pos­ing pres­ence or the Ford EcoSport with its com­pact size, the Re­nault Duster with its ef­fi­cient en­gines or the Mercedes M- class with its looks and ca­pa­bil­ity, SUVS seem to be rak­ing it in. Even home­grown SUVS like the Mahin­dra XUV500 started off with a bang prompt­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to speed up their plans of launch­ing new SUVS. All in all, 50 SUVS are to be launched in the next three years. Here are some of the cur­rent best­sellers from this seg­ment, as well as some that will be seen on the roads in the next few months.

AUDI Q3 Price Rs 25 lakh- Rs 41 lakh En­gines 2.0- litre petrol, 208 bhp; 2.0- litre diesel, 174 bhp

USP Cheap­est op­tion in an Audi SUV, it of­fers multi- engine op­tions and good build qual­ity

BMW X1 Price Rs 25 lakh- Rs 33 lakh En­gines 2.0- litre diesel, 177 bhp

USP Com­pact city SUV with usual BMW fea­tures in­clud­ing iDrive and nav­i­ga­tion.

AUDI Q7

Price Rs 60 lakhRs 88 lakh

En­gines 3- litre diesel, 245 bhp; 4.2- litre diesel, 340 bhp.

USP De­cent off- road­ing abil­ity. Lots of space and fea­tures rear seat en­ter­tain­ment

TOY­OTA FOR­TUNER Price Rs 22 lakh- Rs 24 lakh En­gines 3.0- litre diesel, 171 bhp USP The For­tuner is a true­blue off- roader with 7- seat ca­pac­ity and Toy­ota re­li­a­bil­ity

MERCEDES- BENZ M- CLASS Price Rs 50- Rs 60 lakh En­gines 2.1- litre diesel, 203 bhp; 3- litre diesel, 255 bhp

USP Spa­cious and lux­u­ri­ous, great street pres­ence

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