With the rising popularity of the sub-4m compact and compact SUVs in the Indian market, manufacturers are eyeing the 7-seater SUV segment. Until a few years ago, the only options in this segment were the Hyundai Tucson and the good old Mahindra XUV500 but there are many more now including the newly launched Safari and the Hector Plus. The competition in this segment will only become stiffer. Here are the cars that will be launched in the 7-seater SUV segment of the Indian market in the coming months.
The all-new Alcazar will be launched in the coming few weeks. Hyundai announced the name of the Alcazar officially but we are yet to get a glimpse of the vehicle. The Alcazar is testing on the Indian roads for a long time now and Hyundai will offer the car in six and seven-seat option. The design of the Alcazar will be similar to the Creta but it will look quite different. The feature list will include a panoramic sunroof and all the other bells and whistles that Hyundai offers with the Creta. It will get three engine options – 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. There will be multiple transmission options including manual and automatics as well.
The all-new Mahindra XUV500 is almost ready and there are numerous spy pictures that show the vehicle testing in different locations in India. The all-new XUV500 was expected to be launched by the middle of this year but Mahindra has pushed it due to the overwhelming response to the Thar and shortage of semiconductors. The all-new XUV500 will become much bigger than the current version and it will get powered by a new 2.2-litre diesel engine that will be much more powerful. Also, the car will get the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that also powers the Thar. Mahindra will load the vehicle to the brim with features and it will be the first Mahindra to get a panoramic sunroof.
Mahindra is also working on the all-new Scorpio that is also testing on the roads across India at the moment. The all-new Scorpio will grow in size and will compete with the likes of Tata Harrier in the segment. It will also offer a long list of features. Mahindra is likely to remove the 4X4 option and the all-new Scorpio will remain a 4X2 SUV. The engine options will be similar to the Thar and it will offer the automatic transmission with both fuel types.
Skoda will bring back the Kodiaq in the Indian market soon and the facelifted version was caught testing on the Indian roads too. The new Kodiaq will offer only the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in the Indian market and it gets a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission too. It will be launched as a CBU so the price is likely to hover above Rs 32 lakh, ex-showroom. Skoda will launch the all-new Kodiaq in the Indian market in the first or second quarter of this year but Skoda is yet to confirm the timeline.
Jeep Compass 7-seater
Jeep is looking to diversify its products in the Indian market. Currently, only the Compass is sold in the mass-segment in the Indian market. A seven-seater version of the Compass will be launched by the end of this year and it will share a lot with the five-seater version. Jeep will also use the same engine and transmission option with the seven-seater version.