6 upcoming ‘FLAGSHIP’ SUVs of India: Mahindra XUV700 to Tata Harrier

The SUV segments of the Indian car market have shown a phenomenal growth in the last few years. No wonder, then, that many car manufacturers are preparing some new SUVs for their India launch. What’s interesting is that these upcoming SUVs not only comprise entry-level models but even some high-end vehicles that will become the flagship models of their respective manufacturers. Here’s a look at 6 Upcoming FLAGSHIP SUVs in India.

Hyundai Kona

It has recently come to light that Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the second-largest car manufacturer in India, will launch an all-new electric SUV in the second half of 2019. This electric SUV will be the Kona e-SUV that made its debut at the Auto Expo 2018. As per company figures, the Kona e-SUV has a range of 325 kilometres on full charge. Also, it can sprint to 100 kmph in just 7.6 seconds. Batteries of the Hyundai Kona electric SUV will take six hours to charge completely.

Tata Harrier

The Tata Harrier will not only become the most expensive SUV from the Indian manufacturer, it will also become the most modern Tata SUV ever. The Harrier will be based on a modified Version of the Land Rover LS500 platform. Also, it will be powered by the same Fiat Multijet II diesel engine that powers the Compass. As per Pratap Bose, Head of design at Tata Motors, the production-spec SUV will look around 80% like the H5X concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. The Harrier will even spawn a 7-seat version at a later stage. Safely expect this SUV to offer a lot of equipment and optional four-wheel-drive.

Mahindra XUV700

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Mahindra and Mahindra, the popular Indian UV manufacturer, plans to launch a new flagship by the year-end. Expected to be called the ‘XUV700’, the new SUV will be basically a re-badged Ssangyong Rexton G4 that will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Expect the prices to start around Rs. 22 lakh, which will make this SUV considerably pricier than the XUV500.

Honda CR-V

Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL), the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car manufacturer, will launch the latest version of the CR-V in the months to come. The upcoming CR-V will not only become the new flagship but will also mark the India debut of the 1.6-litre iDTEC Earth Dreams diesel engine. This diesel engine will also power the India-bound new-gen Honda Civic. The upcoming Honda CR-V will continue to offer a petrol engine and 4-wheel drive. Also, unlike the current SUV, which is a strict 5-seater, the new-gen CR-V will offer 7 seats. This will help the company take on the Toyota Fortuner.

Kia Tusker (Production-spec SP Concept)

The Kia Tusker is the production-spec version of the SP Concept SUV that made its debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The Kia Tusker will be slightly pricier than the Hyundai Creta but will look more modern and will offer more features. The Tusker will be targeted at the younger lot. Underpinning the upcoming Kia flagship will be the same platform that will also be used for the next-generation Hyundai Creta.

MG ZS-based SUV

British car marque MG plans to commence its India innings with an MG ZS-based SUV. The India-spec version of this SUV will come with a similarly edgy design. It will be manufactured at the company’s Halal facility. This is the same production plant that was used by General Motors until recently. It’s said that the company plans to use as much as 80% localised content in the manufacturing of the upcoming MG SUV. This should enable MG India to give this SUV an aggressive price tag. Expect the base model of this SUV to be priced close to the mid-level variant of the Hyundai Creta.