Mahindra XUV500 created huge waves in the market when it was launched way back in 2011. Till date, there is no real competition to the XUV that can match up to its sales. Soon, no less than 5 manufacturers will launch SUVs competing directly against the XUV. Here they are.
The Jeep Compass will be the most affordable Jeep vehicle in India. The SUV is being developed for markets like India and will be made right here in the Ranjangaon plant of the Fiat. The Compass is based on the Jeep Renegade platform, and it takes a lot of styling cues from the elder sibling, thr Jeep Grand Cherokee. An August 2017 launch is on the cards.
Power will come from a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine that churns out a maximum of 160 BHP and 350 Nm of maximum torque. The SUV is likely to get 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic transmission options. The Compass will also come with an optional 4WD option with Terrain select and low-ratio option. It will be a 5-seater, and prices will start from around Rs. 16 lakh, ex-showroom.
After the success of Duster in India. Renault will bring in the Kaptur, a crossover that will be positioned above Duster and directly against the Mahindra XUV 500 in the market. The crossover is already on sale in the markets like Russia and Brazil, and Renault is currently working on customizing the SUV for the Indian market. An October 2017 launch is likely.
Renault will use a 1.5-litre dCi 4-sylinder engine on the Kaptur. This motor is likely to feature the 108 Bhp-240 Nm state of tune. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The car will also get Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission instead of low-cost Easy-R transmission offered with the Duster. The Kaptur is also expected to get All Wheel Drive system. There may be a 1.6-litre SCe, 4-cylinder petrol engine that powers the Duster, but in a different state of tune.
Nissan has been exploring the Kicks SUV for India since a long time now. The model that will be launched in India will use a different platform from the international model. Internationally, Kicks uses V-platform, but the Indian spec model will be based on the Renault Kaptur’s M0 (M-Zero) platform, which also forms the base of Duster and Lodgy. This will be done to keep the cost low.
The Kicks launch will follow that of the Renault Kaptur, as the Renault-Nissan Alliance gives usage right to Renault for launching products first based on the M0 platform that has been developed by Renault. The Kicks will be powered by the similar 1.5-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engine with a different engine tune. Expect an early 2018 launch.
Toyota Coupe High-Rider is the company’s first ever compact SUV. The CH-R is based on the Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota’s New Global Architecture), which also forms the base of the new generation Prius. The angular design of the CH-R along with 18-inch wheels makes it a ravishing looker. In fact, the CH-R uses a very futuristic design language imitating the new design lines of the Camry.
The CH-R uses 1.2-litre turbocharged engine that produces a maximum of 114 BHP. There is also a 1.8-litre petrol engine with hybrid power terrain. Toyota will also bring in a diesel engine, but it is still unclear on which engine will come to India.
Honda has said that the company may launch the premium SUV, HR-V in India next year. The vehicle will fill in the gap between BR-V and CR-V in India. The vehicle uses the Jazz platform but looks way different from the Honda’s premium hatchback.
The HR-V is powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the Honda City and churns out a maximum of 118 BHP and 143 Nm of maximum torque. There will be a diesel variant of the vehicle in India too, and a retuned version of the 1.5-litre diesel engine could be used in the car.