Posted Wed, 06/23/2010 - 02:09 by Anonymous
Often there are words used interchangeably in our day to day lives, while they convey different meanings. When we talk about the Car world, the terms SUV and MUV are used synonymously and the difference between the two is rarely well-understood. It is a common observation that the cars considered tough in looks are tagged as SUV's. There is however a fine line of difference between the two. Lets have a look at what these two mean specifically and what are the different cars in India categorized in these two segments.
An SUV is a common term used for any vehicle that looks similar to a station wagon, has a mini-truck platform and often offers a 4 wheel drive option for better on and off road capabilities. The pick-up capabilities of an SUV is similar to a mini-truck, while the passenger carrying capacity is quite close to that of a mini-van or a sedan. A four-wheel drive option is not a necessary factor in an SUV, and thus not all cars with a 4WD option are SUV's.
Over the years, the make and feel of an SUV has gone through a number of transformations. The platform used has changed to that of an automobile for a lighter weight and better fuel efficiency, that came to be called as a Cross Over SUV. Some of the common features of an SUV are high ground clearance, upright body and a high H-point that aids an SUV to roll over as this leads to a high centre of gravity. The body frame of SUVs is getting more aerodynamic over time. However, the running costs of an SUV is always on a higher side due to more fuel consumption and heavier weight.
In India, the market demand is growing for Utility vehicles, including both SUVs and MUVs due to the multi-purpose use of these vehicles. An SUV is generally preferred for difficult terrain drives as the power, torque output is tremendous. Also, the safety features offered by an SUV are great for highway drives and other rough terrain drives. Some of the best sport utility vehicles available in India are Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari, Maruti Grand Vitara, Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Honda CRV.
Multi Utility Vehicles are amongst the most widely used vehicles across the world and that is pretty evident from their name as well. These vehicles are known for their rugged features, stability, reliability, looks, easy maintenance, durability etc. India has grown as a great market for MUVs as the number of buyers in this segment are increasing by leaps and bounds. Some of the most popular and widely used MUVs in India are Mahindra Bolero, Mahindra Xylo, Toyota Innova and Tata Sumo.
The latest MUVs on the roads offer luxury well compared to a sedan and space parallel to a Utility vehicle. These cars are known to have a commanding road presence with their muscular stance. Mostly powered by a Diesel engine, these vehicles are known for the exceptionally briliant power and performance offered on road. Indians mostly prefer to indulge in an MUV for long drives as the comfort in drive that these vehicles provide is unmatched by other cars. There is always a considerable emphasis given on the spaciousness and driving comfort.
Although, this terminology syndrome has haunted the Indian automobile industry for a while now, but with the growing market for SUVs and MUVs in India, it seems the awareness is gradually growing.