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Decoding how these powerful off-roading monsters got their calling cards

A lot of thought goes into the nomenclature adopted by carmakers for their most luxurious and powerful offerings—the SUVs. The name should evoke a sense of power and assurance as soon as you think about it. We look at the three most commanding examples.

BMW X
The German carmaker known for its sporty rides has released its SUVs under the label ‘X’, where the algebraic variable represents the unknown, urging you to embrace it in these go-anywhere machines. The range starts from the BMW X1 model—with a 1.5-litre engine that churns 136 hp—and goes all the way to the X3, X4 (not available in India yet), X5 and the 3.0-litre V6-engined, X6 Coupe. BMW X1 from `22 lakh onwards. Details: bmw.in

Audi Q
The ‘Q’ here stands for Quattro, which is Audi’s term for its legendary four-wheel drive system—tested under the harshest conditions and perfected in the rally cars bearing the four rings. Currently, there are three models available in India: the Q3, Q5 and the Q7. Audi Q3 from `33 lakh onwards. Details: audi.co.in

Volvo XC
Volvo has christened its all-terrain vehicles the ‘Cross Country’ series of cars, abbreviated to XC. As of now, Volvo India offers the XC60 and the recently-launched XC90. The XC90 is a particular favourite, especially when you behold the headlamps that remind you of Thor’s Hammer, harking to the car’s Swedish origins. Volvo XC60 from `52 lakh onwards. Details: volvocars.com/in

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