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Decoding how these powerful off-roading monsters got theircalling cards.

A lot of thought goes into the nomenclature adopted by carmakers for their most luxurious and powerful offeringsa��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 a�?Xa��, where the algebraic variable represents the unknown, urging you to embrace it in these go-anywhere machines. The range starts from the BMW X1 modela��with a 1.5-litre engine that churns 136 hpa��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 Rs 22 lakh onwards. Details: bmw.in

Audi Q
The a�?Qa�� here stands for Quattro, which is Audia��s term for its legendary four-wheel drive systema��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 Rs 33 lakh onwards. Details: audi.co.in

Volvo XC
Volvo has christened its all-terrain vehicles the a�?Cross Countrya�� 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 Thora��s Hammer, harking to the cara��s Swedish origins. Volvo XC60 from Rs 52 lakh onwards. Details: volvocars.com/in

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