Skoda and Toyota have recently added special edition versions to their popular SUV offerings, Kushaq Monte Carlo and Fortuner GR-S. The debut of both these special edition versions of popular SUVs are new additions to the long list of special editions of new and popular offerings in India, especially SUVs. These special editions do get a host of visual alterations in and out, new features and in a couple of cases, even mechanical changes under the skin. Following are all the special editions of different vehicles available in the mass-market segments of the Indian car market:
Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo
Skoda is back doing Monte Carlo Edition to its vehicles, and this time it is its star offering, the Kushaq SUV. The new Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo Edition is available in two paint schemes of red and white and is based on the top-spec Style variant of the SUV while getting visual enhancements in and out. The Kushaq Monte Carlo is available as new top-spec variants in all the four powertrain combinations in which the SUV is available in India – 1.0 TSI MT, 1.0 TSI AT, 1.5 TSI MT and 1.5 TSI AT.
Like the Monte Carlo Edition of Skodas of the past, the Kushaq Monte Carlo Edition also gets gloss black treatment for the grille slats and surrounds, rearview mirrors, ‘Monte Carlo’ badges on the front fenders, ‘Skoda’ and ‘Kushaq’ lettering on the boot lid, front and rear bumper corner garnishes, roof rails and front and rear skid plates. Other changes include new 17-inch machined alloy wheels and red front brake callipers, the latter of which are restricted to the 1.5 TSI variants.
On the inside, the Kushaq Monte Carlo Edition gets a dual-tone red and black interior scheme with red inserts across the dashboard and centre console, ‘Monte Carlo’ badges on the seat headrests and door scuff plates and contrast red stitching on black leather seats, steering wheel and transmission lever. There are a couple of new features introduced in the Kushaq Monte Carlo Edition, which are not available in other variants of the SUV, such as an 8-inch full-TFT virtual cockpit instrument console and aluminium pedals.
Toyota Fortuner GR-S
The new Toyota Fortuner GR-S now serves as the range-topping special edition version of the popular ladder-on-frame SUV. Based on the Legender version of the Fortuner, the new Fortuner GR-S gets sportier visual add-ons like a new front bumper with revised fog lamp housings and lower air dam, a tweaked rear bumper with new reflectors and blacked-out alloy wheels. It also gets GR badges on the lower air dam, front fenders, boot lid, steering wheel, seat headrests and push start-stop button.
Other minor changes include a new TFT MID in the instrument console, aluminium pedals and mild suspension tuning. The Toyota Fortuner GR-S is available only with the combination of a 2.8-litre 204 PS diesel-powertrain with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive system and is offered in two colour schemes of white and black.
Hyundai Creta Knight Edition
Available exclusively in a glossy-looking Phantom Black exterior paint shade, the Hyundai Creta Knight Edition is a stylized variant of the popular SUV. The all-black paint scheme is well-accompanied by all-black front and rear skid plates, roof rails, rearview mirrors and C-pillar garnish, in addition to contrast red inserts on the front grille and front brake callipers and a ‘Knight Edition’ insignia on the boot lid. The cabin of the Hyundai Creta Knight Edition also gets an all-black treatment for the dashboard and seats, with contrast red surrounds for AC vents and red stitching on the seats and steering wheel. No additional comfort, convenience and safety features are offered in the Knight Edition.
The Hyundai Creta Knight Edition is available in two variants – S+ and SX(O) – both of which are available with a 1.5-litre 115 PS petrol engine and 1.5-litre 115 PS diesel engine. However, while the S+ variant is available solely with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the SX(O) variant is available with only automatic gearbox options – CVT for petrol and 6-speed torque converter for diesel.
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Kaziranga Edition – Tata Punch, Nexon, Harrier and Safari
Inspired by one of the most iconic wildlife sanctuaries in India – the Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the legendary one-horned rhinoceros, the Kaziranga Special Edition is being offered by Tata Motors in its entire SUV lineup, which comprises of Punch, Nexon, Harrier and Safari. The Kaziranga Edition is specifically available in the top-spec manual and automatic variants of the SUVs from Tata Motors – Creative for Punch and XZ+/XZA+ in the others.
The Kaziranga Edition of all these four SUVs from Tata Motors is solely available in an exclusive paint shade of Grassland Beige on the outside, which is complemented well with a rhinoceros’ logo on the front fenders and rear windscreens and gloss black finish for the roof, alloy wheels, rearview mirrors and badges. On the inside, the Kaziranga Edition gets dual-tone Earthy Beige with black leatherette upholstery, rhinoceros silhouette on front seat headrests and black, scuff plates with ‘Kaziranga’ lettering and bronze treatment on door pads and seats. Also, while the Punch gets an Earthy Beige tri-arrow finish on the dashboard, the other three SUVs get wood trim in its place.
Dark Edition – Tata Altroz, Nexon, Nexon EV, Harrier and Safari
In June 2021, Tata Motors introduced the all blacked-out Dark Edition for Altroz, Nexon, Nexon EV and Harrier, a lineup which was joined by Safari in February 2022. The Dark Edition is specifically available in Altroz (XZ+ petrol and XZ+ iTurbo petrol), Nexon (XZ+, XZ+(O) and XZA+ for both petrol and diesel), Nexon EV (XZ+ and XZ+ Lux), Harrier (XT+, XZ+ and XZA+) and Safari (XT+, XZ+ and XZA+).
In the Dark Edition, all these cars get all-black paint schemes – Cosmo Black for Altroz, Atlas Black for Nexon and Nexon EV and Oberon Black for Harrier and Safari. Apart from this all-black paint scheme, all these cars in Dark Edition get blacked-out alloy wheels, Dark Edition emblem on front fenders and seat headrests and completely blacked-out interior upholstery with piano black inserts.
Tata Safari Adventure Persona
Based on the top-spec XZ+ and XZA+ variants of the Tata Safari, the Adventure Persona Edition gets visual alterations over the former. The Tata Safari Adventure Persona is available only in two paint shades of Orcus White and Tropical Mist. The additional treatment it gets over regular variants of the Safari includes blacked-out Safari lettering on the hood and boot lid, blacked-out alloy wheels and Earthy Brown leatherette upholstery with piano black inserts on the dashboard and centre console.
Tata Safari Gold Edition
Like the Adventure Persona Edition, the Gold Edition in Tata Safari is also based on the top-spec XZ+ and XZA+ variants and is available in two exclusive colour options of Frost White and Coffee Bean. As the name suggests, the Tata Safari Gold Edition gets plenty of gold highlights, which are present in parts like front grille tri-arrow inserts, below daytime running LEDs, door handles, headlamp surrounds, roof rails, Tata logos at front and rear and ‘Safari’ lettering on the boot lid. Other changes include ‘Gold’ badges on front fenders and blacked-out alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Tata Safari Gold Edition gets different upholstery and marble-like trims for different colour schemes – while the Frost White version gets a white marble texture with a gold band on the dashboard, the same in the Coffee Bean version is finished in black marble texture with gloss black texture. Another feature which is exclusive to the Gold Edition of Tata Safari is premium water buffalo leatherette seats.
Jeep Compass Night Eagle Edition
The Jeep Compass Night Eagle Edition is designed on the lines of Tata Motors’ Dark Edition for Harrier. This special edition version of the Compass is based on the mid-spec Longitude variant of the SUV. Like the Harrier Dark Edition, the Jeep Compass Night Eagle Edition gets an exclusive black paint scheme on the outside, accompanied by a blacked-out finish for the front grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, rearview mirrors, roof rails and fog lamp surrounds. It also gets an all-black cabin with black fabric upholstery with light tungsten stitching and black vinyl inserts for doors. The Jeep Compass Night Eagle Edition is available in the Longitude variant of the petrol-automatic and diesel-manual powertrain combinations.
Volkswagen Taigun GT
Like the GT-Line variants of the Kia Sonet and Seltos, Volkswagen has also introduced the GT variants in the Taigun. However, unlike the duo from Kia, the Taigun GT variants get minimal differences over the regular Dynamic Line variants. The GT lineup of Volkswagen Taigun is available in two variants – GT and GT Plus – both of which are exclusively available with a 1.5-litre 150 PS TSI petrol engine. Among these two, while the GT variant gets a 6-speed manual gearbox, the GT Plus variant gets 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In terms of equipment, the GT and GT Plus get features in line with the Highline and Topline variants of the Dynamic trim of the SUV respectively.
In terms of visual changes, the Volkswagen Taigun GT gets different-looking 17-inch machined alloy wheels, GT badges on the front grille and boot lid, red front brake callipers, and red highlights on the dashboard. However, surprisingly, the GT version misses out on ventilated front seats and leather upholstery, which are otherwise present in the top-spec Topline variant of the 1.0 TSI version of the SUV.
Kia Sonet GT-Line
The GT-Line is a top-spec edition of the Kia Sonet, which not only gets sporty looking visual tweaks but also a few additional features over the range-topping variants of the regular Tech Line. The Kia Sonet GT Line looks sportier with a GT badge and red accents on the front grille, sportier-looking lower air dam and red accents on the front bumper, alloy wheel caps, bottom portion of door panels, front brake callipers and rear bumper with chrome-lined faux exhaust finish.
The GT Line is available only with an all-black layout for the cabin with contrast red stitching and GT-Line badges on the steering wheel and seats. In terms of features, it has curtain airbags, front parking sensors and a wireless charger, which none of the Tech Line variants gets. The Kia Sonet GT-Line is available only with the 1.0-litre 120 PS turbo-petrol engine with 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT gearbox options and 1.5-litre diesel engine with 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter gearbox choices.
Kia Seltos GT-Line
Just like the Sonet GT-Line, the Kia Seltos GT-Line also is a sportier iteration of the Seltos, compared to the regular Tech Line variants. The Kia Seltos GT-Line also gets a host of small but noteworthy visual differentiators like the GT badge on the front grille, red accents on the front and rear skid plates and bottom of door panels, red-coloured front brake callipers and 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
The cabin of the Kia Seltos GT-Line also looks different with its all-black layout, which is accompanied by all-black leather upholstery with contrast red stitching, GT-Line badges on the steering wheel and seats and silver alloy pedals. There are some additional features that Kia offers in the Seltos GT-Line and not Tech-Line variants of the SUV, such as a head-up display, 360-degree parking camera and rain-sensing wipers, with additional drive modes and traction modes in automatic variants of GT-Line.
The 1.4-litre 140 PS turbo-petrol engine with both 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT gearbox choices are available exclusively with the GT-Line, and not in Tech-Line variants. In addition, the Seltos GT-Line is also available with a combination of the 1.5-litre 115 PS diesel engine and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Kia Seltos X-Line
The Kia Seltos X-Line is the range-topping version of the Seltos SUV in India and is available exclusively in a special shade of Matte Graphite. The exterior changes on the Kia Seltos X-Line include matte graphite treatment with piano black outline for the front grille and fog lamps, smoked effect for all-LED headlamps, 18-inch crystal-cut matte graphite alloy wheels, X-Line emblem on the boot lid, shark fin antenna and orange accents on the front and rear skid plates, outside rearview mirrors and alloy wheel centre caps.
The cabin of the Seltos X-Line is based on that of the GTX(O) variant of the GT-Line in terms of equipment but looks slightly different due to the new Indigo Pera leather upholstery. The only powertrain options available in the Kia Seltos X-Line are 1.4-litre 140 PS turbo-petrol with a 7-speed DCT gearbox and 1.5-litre 115 PS diesel engine with 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Renault Kwid Climber
The Renault Kwid Climber is a funky and rugged-looking version of the Kwid, which is based on the 1.0-litre RXT variant and is the top-spec version of the Kwid hatchback you can buy in the country today. This version gets a host of visual add-ons on the outside, like roof rails, white-coloured rearview mirrors, front and rear skid plates, ‘Climber’ insignias on front doors and C-pillar and blacked headlamp protectors. On the inside too, the Kwid Climber gets treats like chrome inner door handles and parking brake button and ‘Climber’ insignias on seats and steering wheel. The Kwid Climber is available with a 1.0-litre 68 PS petrol engine with both 5-speed manual and AMT transmission options.
Renault Triber Limited Edition
To celebrate the sales of 1 lakh units of Triber in India, Renault launched a limited edition variant of the compact MPV. The Renault Triber Limited Edition is based on the RXT variant of the MPV and is available in only two dual-tone shades of Moonlight Silver with Mystery Black and Cedar Brown with Mystery Black. It gets several add-ons like a chrome front grille, 14-inch flex wheel caps, reverse camera and Akaza fabric upholstery with dual-tone dashboard and piano black inserts. The Renault Triber Limited Edition is available with a 1.0-litre 72 PS petrol engine with both 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox choices.