Snapshot – There are a slew of SUV upgrades lined up for the Indian car market during this year’s festive season. CarToq profiles six such SUVs. While half the SUVs in this list have been extremely successful, the other half been stragglers, bringing up the rear of their segments. The upgrades are crucial for both the front runners to retain their good showing while the stragglers will be hoping to rewrite their fortunes.
Skoda Yeti Facelift
Skoda India will launch the Yeti SUV Facelift on the 10th of September. The facelifted Yeti gets new front and rear ends, along with a minor refresh on the inside. The 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine, in two states of tune (108 Bhp-250 Nm and 140 Bhp-320 Nm) will be retained, along with 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes. The facelifted Yeti is likely to get a minor price increase to go with its refreshed looks. The SUV will continue being imported into India through the CKD kit route.
Mahindra Scorpio Facelift
Mahindra & Mahindra’s big launch for the festive season is the Scorpio Facelift. India’s best selling facelift will go under the knife for a major botox job. The insides of the SUV will get a refresh with better quality materials and a few features borrowed from the upscale XUV500 crossover. The 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine, and the five speed manual and automatic transmissions will continue being offered on the Scorpio Facelift. The SUV will also retain rear wheel and four wheel drive layouts.
Mahindra Quanto AMT
Mahindra’s turn around plan for the slow selling Quanto compact SUV involves the automated manual transmission (AMT) route. The Quanto’s AMT will be sourced from English engineering major Ricardo, and the semi-automatic gearbox is expected to feature economy and regular modes. The rear wheel driven Quanto will continue to use the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin turbo diesel engine. The sub-4 meter compact SUV will retain the newly gained “Yoga Seats”for the middle row.
Renault Duster 4X4
The Duster currently sold in India is front wheel driven although Renault India builds a four wheel drive version of the SUV for the export market. Shortly, the automaker will offer the export-spec 4X4 model in India as well. The Duster 4X4 will use a four wheel drive system with 3 modes – 4H, front wheel drive and Auto. The SUV will be powered by the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine in 108 Bhp-248 Nm guise, which comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard fare. Expect the Duster 4X4 to be priced close to the 13 lakh rupee mark.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Automatic
To add a further dimension to the Pajero Sport , which happens to be Mitsubishi’s solitary passenger vehicle sold in India, the Japanese automaker will equip the SUV with a 5 speed automatic gearbox. The Pajero Sport equipped thus, is already sold in South East Asian markets. The SUV will retain the 2.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that outputs 177 Bhp-400 Nm. The Pajero Sport with the automatic gearbox will be priced about a lakh rupees higher than the manual gearbox equipped variant.
Toyota Fortuner 2.5 and 4×4 Automatic
Toyota will give India’s best selling luxury SUV two new variants, one at the bottom and the other at the top. The bottom variant of the SUV will use a 2.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that outputs 143 Bhp and 343 Nm. The bottom variant will be rear wheel driven and will serve as a new entry level model in the Fortuner range. The new top end variant will feature a five speed automatic gearbox and a four wheel drive system, a combination that is currently missing in the SUV’s line up.