DC Design is the most renowned car customisation house in the country, and perhaps the most polarizing, which has worked its magic on many mainstream hatchbacks that can be found dotting our streets. Here is a list of 10 modified hatchbacks from DC Design -
The second generation Maruti Swift went under DC's scalpel a few years ago. It received a new bumper, a set of small bulbs that flank the new fog lamps, a new radiator grille and several blue accents on the body. Other than these, the car features a revised interior in an all-red colour theme. While it features many cosmetic changes, it doesn't get any performance updates.
The VW Polo features a timeless design that is courtesy of its clean surfaces and straight lines. The distinctly European hatchback is a favourite of many car tuners and has even received the DC treatment. The favourite customisation house has modified the bodyshell to have a 3-door format, while it also gets flared wheel arches, sleeker headlamps, a new bumper, and new wheels. Furthermore, the exterior features a handful of red headlights on the front and rear fascias.
Another popular hatchback that been modified by DC Design is the last-gen Hyundai i20. The 2010 i20 here features a sporty body kit, larger multi-spoke alloy wheels, and a new bumper that carries a big radiator grille. The new styling elements feature contrasting red accents to add a touch of sportiness to the premium hatchback. On the inside, it features an all-red colour theme with revised panels and new upholstery. Mechanically, the car stays unchanged.
DC Design has worked its magic even on the humble Tata Nano. Widely known as the world's cheapest car, the Nano is, in essence, a built-to-cost sub-compact hatchback that comes across as a decent low-cost, no-frills means of private transport. The DC-modified version, however, looks every bit a performance-focussed compact car with a new bumper with huge air dams, side skirts, pronounced wheel arches, ad a dual-tone body colour.
While the Hyundai Santro moniker got a new lease of life with the introduction of the new generation model last year, the original Santro saw a complete transformation in the hands of the workforce at DC Designs. Surprisingly, the mod house found it apt to transform a tallboy into a two-door coupe with a lowered height and a steeply raked roofline. The DC-modified Santo looks absolutely nothing like the original model as its new fibre-glass body make it look sportier and, arguably, more handsome.
Back in 2011, the Maini REVA was modified into a spaceship-like machine by the famous design house. The four-seat electric car was transformed into a futuristic single-seat vehicle that was apparently designed for the second instalment of the 'Taarzan - The Wonder Car' series. The modified REVA sports Mercedes SLS AMG-inspired gullwing doors, while the highlight of the new interior is a large screen positioned on the dashboard.
The DC-modified Tata Indica featured a completely revised front-end, which comprised a new bumper, a wide grille, and a set of new headlamps that carried projector units. In the side profile, the car received new rear doors, and revised door handles. The tail lamps received the LED treatment, while the new paint job made further helped it look unique.
Maruti Wagon R
While many car companies have come up with 'cross' versions of their popular hatchbacks, the Wagon R is yet to officially receive the pseudo-crossover treatment. DC Design, however, converted the first-gen Indian-spec Wagon R into a crossover by giving it thick plastic cladding all around and a new front grille that encompassed the round-shaped lighting fixtures that comprise a set of indicators, fog lamps and headlamps.
Maruti WagonR pickup
The small mono-cab pickup seen above is based on the Mk1 Wagon R and is called the Devago. It was modified by DC Design in 2001 and features an entirely new bodyshell that has only hints of the original tallboy.
Yes, the sporty two-seater above is based on a humble Maruti 800. While the full form of the acronym B.T.S. is not known, it's quite astonishing to note that save for the original windscreen, there is not even a single panel on this modified car that is related to the budget hatchback.