5 upcoming SUVs & their launch timeframes

The Vitara Brezza was launched yesterday and the SUV launch blitz for 2016 has begun in full earnest. Here are 5 more affordable SUVs coming your way in 2016. We reveal launch timeframes of these SUVs so that you’re ready for them, as and when they arrive.

Mahindra Nuvosport

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Mahindra is weeks away from launching the Nuvosport in India. Wondering what this is all about? Well, it’s a heavily facelifted Quanto compact SUV, replete with a new name to go with the major makeover. The facelifted Quanto, to be called the Nuvosport, will feature new front and rear end styling. The profile will stay true to the original Quanto though.

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1.2 liter petrol and 1.5 liter diesel, triple cylinder motors could make for propulsion options. On the inside, a bunch of new, segment leading features such as cruise control, a 7 seat layout in a sub-4 meter form and a AMT will be offered. This new Mahindra is likely to slot in between the KUV100 and TUV300 in terms of price and positioning. A rear wheel drive layout and a ladder frame will be standard.

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Honda BR-V

Honda BR-V

The BR-V will arrive into India in May 2015. The compact SUV is longer than the Dusters and Cretas of this world, and also offers 7 seats. So, it’ll be interesting to see where Honda will position the BR-V. For one, the Japanese automaker may choose to play the value card, and price the BR-V in the same segment as the Duster/Creta.

The SUV will use 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC turbodiesel engines. A 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox options are likely for the petrol motor, while the diesel motor will get a 6 speed manual transmissions. All variants of the BR-V will be front wheel driven.

Tata Hexa

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Like the Nuvosport is to the Quanto, the Hexa is the Aria in natty clothes. The luxury crossover gets a major stylistic revamp that makes it look more butch, and even menacing from certain angles. And this is a good thing as the Aria looked more MPV than SUV.

On the inside too, the Hexa sees major revisions in terms of material quality and design, all for the better. Under the hood, the 2.2 liter Varicor turbo diesel engine in 154 Bhp-400 Nm state of tune will be standard fare. 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered. Rear wheel and 4 wheel drive layouts will make for driveline options.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai will slot the Tucson in between the Creta and Santa Fe SUVs. The Tucson is a 5 seat luxury SUV that could possibly sit in the sub-20 lakh rupee segment. Since Hyundai has plans of selling 20,000-30,000 units of the Tucson each year, the automaker plans to take the CKD assembly approach to keep prices competitive.

The Tucson is likely to be powered by a 2 liter turbo diesel engine with 182 Bhp-400 Nm on tap. 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions are likely to be offered, along with front wheel and all wheel drive driveline options. Rivals for the new Hyundai SUV include the Honda CR-V and the Skoda Yeti. A launch during August is likely.

Tata Nexon

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The Nexon is a sub-4 meter compact SUV that will be Tata’s first offering in this segment. Inspired by the Range Rover Evoque in terms of design, the Nexon is a sharp looker that stays true to the concept version that was first shown at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo.

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The compact SUV promises to be the most powerful in its segment, what with a 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine good for 108 Bhp-260 Nm. An AMT option is likely to be on offer, along with a 5 speed manual gearbox. A 1.2 liter turbocharged engine will make for the petrol option.