The first step up from the Crosswind’s street-dressed X_ variants (the XS, XL and XT), the XUV goes sporty with the addition of protective polymer fender flares and waist panels (for bouncing off rock impacts), big 235/70 R15 tires, a spare tire rear mount, and the option for a robust 4-speed JATCO automatic gearbox.

With no major changes in the interior’s basic vynil upholstery (unlike the leathered top-spec Sportivo X), this variant, more than any, paints you as committing to that armored AUV vibe, and to adventures in hinterland that the Crosswind was originally designed for, bodykit or not.

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