Upcoming affordable SUV options for India

With the recent launch of the Mahindra KUV100 micro SUV, sports utility vehicles have become more affordable than ever before. There’s a torrent of affordable SUVs coming soon to the Indian market. Here’s the full wrap of what’s coming up.

2016

Maruti Vitara Brezza

Maruti Suzuki YBA Render

In a little over a week from now, Maruti Suzuki will unveil the Vitara Brezza, the first vehicle that the automaker has designed and developed in India, for India. While the Vitara Brezza will eventually be exported to other developing countries, it’s major market will be India. In fact, Maruti is planning a diesel-only approach with this sub-4 meter SUV, which will use the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel motor. A 1.2 liter petrol engine, which will be fitted to export variants, may be made available in India later. Meanwhile, the interesting bit about the Vitara Brezza will be its super affordable price tag. With Maruti slashing the price of the S-Cross, a sub-7 lakh rupee price tag for the Vitara Brezza Diesel seems very likely.

Tata Nexon

Tata-Nexon-Compact-Crossover-SUV-Concept-2

The Nexon was shown as a concept at the last Auto Expo in 2016. 2 years down the line, the production version of this sub-4 meter crossover is scheduled for the upcoming Auto Expo this year. The Nexon will continue to use the X1 platform, which it will share with the likes of the Bolt and Zest. It’s also expected to get turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The Nexon’s design is said to be inspired by the Range Rover Evoque, and statements to the effect that the production version will be very similar to the concept, have been doing the rounds. The Nexon is a Ford Ecosport competitor, and is expected to undercut the Ford in terms of pricing.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Ignis 1

The KUV100 will get some formidable competition from Maruti Suzuki’s Ignis, a Micro SUV that just went on sale in Suzuki’s home market of Japan. The Ignis will sit below the Vitara Brezza in terms of price and positioning, and this is what will worry the Mahindra KUV100. While the Ignis gets a 1.25 liter Dualjet petrol motor in Japan, details about the India-spec SUV’s engines and transmissions are yet to be revealed. With the Ignis scheduled to be unveiled at the Auto Expo, more details on the engines and gearboxes are likely to be revealed in a few days from now.

Datsun Go-Cross

Datsun Go-Cross Compact SUV Concept 11

The Go-Cross will be Datsun’s most expensive vehicle for India, and perhaps the most aspirational too. The sub-4 meter compact SUV will make an Auto Expo debut. Given that the Go-Cross is production ready, and will soon be launched in Indonesia, an Indian launch could happen as early as this year’s end. Details about the engines, transmissions and seating options on the Go-Cross will be revealed soon. Given Datsun’s budget car brand positioning, the Go-Cross is expected to undercut other sub-4 meter SUVs in India as far as pricing is concerned.

2017

Hyundai sub-4 meter SUV

Hyundai Compact SUV
Hyundai Compact SUV image used as an illustration

Hyundai will show a sub-4 meter SUV concept at the Auto Expo. This vehicle is expected to hit the production floor next year. The new compact SUV will sit under the Creta in terms of price and positioning. By the end of 2017, Hyundai will have no less than 4 SUVs in India, spanning multiple price points. The sub-4 meter compact SUV, the Creta, the Tucson and the Santa Fe will be the four offerings that the South Korean automaker will simultaneously have on sale in India.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Roc image used as an illustration
Volkswagen T-Roc image used as an illustration

Volkswagen is expected to showcase the T-Cross at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The T-Cross is a sub-4 meter SUV, which will be smaller than the T-Roc, and that’ll be built on the Polo hatchback platform. Given the 4 meter length of the T-Cross, an India launch for this SUV is highly likely. More details about this SUV will be out in March, which is when the Geneva Motor Show will go live.

Chevrolet Adra

Chevrolet Adra

General Motors showed the Adra concept at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The production of this compact SUV is expected to commence in 2017, which is when it’s also likely to be launched in India. GM India desperately needs a compelling, big volume bagger and the Adra could be just that. Likely to be built on the Amber platform, the Adra could pack in petrol and diesel engines.