Money fills your pockets, while adventure fills your soul. And every great adventure needs a great adventure companion. But with a few all-wheel-drive/ AWD cars in the markets, the options seem limited.
Despite the fact that the Indian Automotive Industry is quite diverse, all leading manufacturers in India, refrain from offering their capable AWD systems onboard their leading vehicle. Internationally, however, the same cars are available with the added advantage of having an all-wheel-drive system. Shocking isn’t it? So here are 5 front-wheel-drive Indian cars that are sold as AWD cars internationally.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Introduced back in 2017, the Ignis was initially launched to replace the Ritz in India. As a capable hatchback, the Ignis made a mark for itself in no time. Currently offered with a 1.2-litre petrol burner that sends power only to the front wheel, mated to a 5-speed manual or AMT transmission.
Interestingly, however, the Suzuki Ignis can also be bought with the company’s All Grip AWD system on board in a few international markets like the UK. The FWD iteration of the Ignis is powered by a 1.25-litre petrol engine that is smartly assisted by a mild-hybrid system.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Considered as the flagship SUV of Maruti Suzuki, the S-Cross is a balanced machine that is proving its mantle on the test of time. Currently selling under the premium NEXA badge, the S-Cross comes with a sole 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed manual and AMT along with a smart hybrid system powering only the front wheels.
However, the international version of the vehicle (Called the Suzuki S-Cross) gets an AWD option as well. The system incorporates Suzuki’s All-Grip system, coupled with a plethora of engine options. The AWD system is optional on the entire engine range, including the smaller 1.0L booster jet motor as well. And if reports are to be believed, Maruti is also testing the S-Cross AWD in India as well.
Ford Eco Sport
Counted as one of the most loved compact SUV in India, the Ford Eco Sport has a legacy of over 8 years. Currently, offered with either a 1.5-litre NA petrol or a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, the Eco Sport can only be had in a front-wheel-drive format.
However, in select international markets such as Russia, Eco Sport is available with an AWD system as well. The system on-board is Ford’s Intelligent4WD that is mated to a 2.0-litre NA petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel (Eco Blue) engine. Considering the immense popularity of the Eco Sport in India, we surely wish to see the AWD powered Eco Sport here as well.
The subcompact SUV craze has taken the Indian auto industry by storm. And a major contributor to the trend is the Kia Seltos. With good looks, diverse engines and great features, the Seltos is one of the hottest compact SUVs in India. Available with as many as three capable engine options, the Indian spec Seltos comes only as a front-wheel drive.
However, in a few international markets, like North America, Australia and South Korea, another version of the Seltos called the SP2 is on sale. This model is not only slightly larger in dimensions but also get different engine choices and an optional AWD as well.
One of the newest entrants in the premium SUV category, the Volkswagen T-Roc was initially sold as a CBU import that was limited to merely 1,000 units. In September 2020, however, bookings for the vehicle reopened, and the T-Roc started reaching its proud owners once again.
Available with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine, the T-Roc comes tastefully mated to a 7-speed DSG, which transfers power only to the front wheels. Internationally, the SUV is available with as many as four petrol engine options, along with two diesel burners as well, topped with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
So these were 5 Indian four-wheel-drive cars that are sold as all-wheel-drives/awd cars internationally. Stay pinned to the GoMechanic Blog to know more about everything automotive.
Stay Updated With: Next-Gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio Spotted Testing, Launching Soon?