The Indian SUV market has been growing at a phenomenal rate. Another section of the Indian car market that has been slowly but steadily growing is the MPV segment. Today, in this post, we’ll have a look at seven upcoming SUVs and MPVs in India, in 2018.
Mahindra and Mahindra plans to launch the latest-gen Ssangyong Rexton G4 in India by the end of this year. In India, the Rexton G4 is likely to be launched as the XUV700. The Mahindra XUV700 will become the most expensive SUV to wear the Mahindra badge. The SUV will take on vehicles, such as the Toyota Fortuner, in Inida.
Another model that Mahindra and Mahindra will launch this year is the S201 compact SUV. The S201 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli, and will become a direct rival to the high-selling Maruti Vitara Brezza. Powering the S201 compact SUV will a set of new-age 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. These motors will offer a good mix of performance and fuel efficiency. The launch of the S201 is expected to take place around Diwali this year.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The Jeep Compass has been rather quick to establish itself in the Indian premium SUV market. However, Jeep India hopes to further consolidate its position in the market by launching a Trailhawk variant of the Compass premium SUV. Powering the Compass Trailhawk will be the same 2.0-litre Multijet II turbo-diesel motor that powers the regular variant. However, the Trailhawk is likely to get a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Trailhawk will be a better off-roader than the regular Compass. It will offer Jeep’s Active Drive low-range 4WD, hill descent control, ‘Rock Mode’ for its Selec-Terrain 4WD system, 20 mm of additional ground clearance and better Approach- and Departure-angles. Here is a video of what the international media thinks about the Trailhawk.
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) will launch the all-new CR-V in December this year. The new CR-V will have a seating capacity of seven and will offer both petrol and diesel engine variants. The diesel engine will be a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit that produces 118 bhp of maximum power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The petrol variant will be powered by an updated version of the current 2.4-litre motor. Here is our first look review of the new CR-V.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) looks all set to replace the current Ertiga with an all-new version that is already available in the Indonesian car market. The all-new Ertiga is larger than the current version and is underpinned by the lightweight HEARTECT platform. The current 1.4-litre K-series petrol motor will be replaced with a 1.5-litre motor that will offer a higher power output. Also, both the engine options will offer the SHVS micro-hybrid technology. Here is our first look review video of the all-new Ertiga.
Mahindra and Mahindra plans to launch an all-new MPV that will rival the new-gen Maruti Ertiga. Internally named as the U321, this MPV will be launched around Diwali this year. Powering the U321 will be a set of modern 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines that will offer a good mix of performance and fuel economy.
Datsun Go Plus
Another new MPV that’s headed our way is the Datsun Go Plus facelift. The Go Plus facelift will be launched around September this year. The facelifted Go Plus MPV will have a new bumper, revised headlamps, LED DRLs, and a bolder front grille. Also, the ORVMs get integrated traffic indicators. On the inside, it is likely to get an upholstery change.
Image sources – U321