There are many SUVs in the Indian market, which are due for a facelift or a BS6 engine update. These updates are important as they help in helping the SUV stay fresh for the consumers. For instance, a BS4 vehicle will not sell in the era of BS6. Similarly, if all the competitors have launched a facelift and updated their vehicles, the last manufacturer will also need to update their SUV or otherwise, it won’t sustain in the competition. So, today we list 6 such SUVs, which will be launching in 2021 that will either get a facelift or a BS6 upgrade.
Mahindra TUV300 Facelift
Mahindra TUV300 has never been a huge seller, but it is one practical and versatile vehicle which ticks many of the right boxes. The SUV is still due for a BS6 update. So, it will get a set of BS6 engines and some styling updates. It will get a more aggressive front grille with a bigger air dam, LED Daytime Running Lamps and an updated bumper.
Force Gurkha was the biggest competitor to the Mahindra Thar. Now, with the 2020 Thar being launched and it is now a better daily driver, the Gurkha is due for an update. It does not get any huge updates in terms of design. It continues to get a 2.2-litre diesel engine which will now be BS6 compliant. It will get a new redesigned bumper, tweaked LED Daytime Running Lamps and slightly redesigned rear tail lights. The Gurkha will be equipped with dual front airbags, front power windows, new AC console, touchscreen infotainment system and much more.
Toyota Fortuner Facelift & Legender
Toyota Fortuner is due for a facelift for quite some time. The Endeavour got a facelift and even a new Sport variant. MG Motors launched the Gloster, which comes with a lot more features than the competitors. So, it makes sense for Toyota to finally launch the Fortuner’s facelift next year. It will get bi-projector LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, larger revised mesh grille, redesigned front bumper and tweaked front and rear skid plates. The interior will get a dual-tone theme with leather upholstery for the higher trim. Toyota will also offer a new 9-inch infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will be the same unit that we have seen on the recently launched Toyota Innova. Toyota will also launch the Legender, which will feature the 2.8 liter diesel engine in 204 Bhp-500 Nm state of tune, making it the most powerful version of the Fortuner, ever.
Jeep Compass Facelift
Jeep has not updated the Compass since it was first launched in the Indian market. Due to which it has started looking a bit old when compared to the competitors. The facelift of the Compass has already been showcased in some of the international markets. It will get a sharper looking front-end with LED headlamps and LED Daytime Running Lamps. The front will be inspired by the Compass Trailhawk. The interior will be better-built with the use of soft-touch materials and better quality plastic. The highlight of the interior will be the new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Unlike, the international markets, India will not see any update to the engines. So, the Jeep Compass Facelift will be powered by a 1.4-litre Multiair petrol engine and a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine. The petrol engine will produce 160 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. Whereas, the diesel engine will produce 170 bhp of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque.
Tata Hexa BS6
Tata showcased the Safari edition of the Hexa at the Auto Expo 2020. The SUV was supposed to launch in mid-2020. However, the launch was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Hexa BS6 was recently spied being tested in Pune. There are no cosmetic changes to the Hexa. The only change to the BS6 version will be the engines that will be BS6 compliant. However, we would have to wait for Tata to launch the Hexa BS6 so that we can confirm if it will come with the 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that is doing duty on the Harrier or the existing 2.2-litre diesel engine which will be tuned to be BS6 compliant.
MG Hector Facelift
Hector has not got any updates since its launch. So, it is high time for MG Motors to update the Hector. Fortunately, the Hector’s facelift was recently spied being tested on our Indian roads. It will not get any mechanical changes. The changes will only stay cosmetic. So, there will be a new aggressive front-end design which will look much sleeker than the current Hector. The design could resemble the Hector Plus whose front is more attractive than the Hector. It will continue to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 143 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. Whereas the Fiat-sourced, 2.0-litre diesel engine will produce 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque.