Believe it or not, this really isn’t a Jeep Wrangler image

There’s a certain tuning niche that involves taking one car – regularly a newer or less costly – and converting it into another, an icon or a very expensive exotic, usually with pretty pour results at the end. This is the case of a replica, but without the negative ending.

In America the Pontiac Fiero has been suffering for years from the well-known multiple personality disorder, but when you think of India you wouldn’t have guessed there’s a market for Jeep Wrangler replicas as well. The local aftermarket outlet Jeep Studio has an unofficial build for the three-door Wrangler replica – all the conversion costs around $10,400, not including the Mahindra Thar donor car. That one goes for approximately $13,300 in India, which already counts as the world’s second most populous country.

Believe it or not, this really isn’t a Jeep Wrangler 4

To get this very accurate replica, the Thar is stripped to the bare metal, with all new body panels actually manually manufactured and basically turning the Indian off-roader into the US machine. The one thing that goes unchanged is the mechanicals – as much as possible, including the engine bay which remains untouched. While called the Jeep Studio, the shop can deliver another icon replica – this time around working on the basis of another popular Indian machine – the Mahindra Bolero – to deliver to its clients an accurate rendition of the Mercedes-Benz G Class.