In 2021 there will be a host of SUVs launching in our market. Many manufacturers will be launching their SUVs because SUVs are currently in trend are selling well than any other segment. The most successful mid-size SUV is the Hyundai Creta which was launched this year and is currently at the number 1 position in terms of sales. All of the new SUVs will be competing with Creta because of the price overlapping even if they belong to a different segment. Today, we list all the new Creta rivals that will be launching in 2021.
Volkswagen Taigun was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and the new mid-size SUV will be launching in the first half of 2021. The new SUV comes under s India 2.0 plan with of Skoda so VW has high hopes from it. The Taigun will be based on the MQB AO IN platform which is specifically engineered for India. This will help in lowering the prices down of the SUV and price it more competitively in the Indian market. It will get a more premium-looking interior than the competitors. It will get features like LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, rear parking camera, electric sunroof, digital instrument cluster and much more. Volkswagen India has already released the promo video of the Tiguan on YouTube. It will be powered with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that we have seen on the VW T-Roc. The engine produces 148 Bhp of max power and 250 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. We assume that the lower variants might be offered with a 1.0-litre TSI that we have seen on the VW Vento. The engine produces 110 Bhp of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Volkswagen Taigun is expected to start from Rs. 11 lakhs.
Tata Gravitas is the bigger version of the Harrier. It is 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than the Harrier. However, the wheelbase is the same at 2741 mm. The new SUV is expected to hit the Indian market sometime next year. It was also spied recently without any camouflage. The front of the SUV will remain the same as the Harrier whereas from the side you will be able to see the longer rear overhang.
This is done to accommodate the third-row of seats. The rear also gets a tweaked set of LED tail lamps. It will be powered by the same Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine which will put out 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Tata Gravitas is expected to start from Rs. 14 lakhs ex-showroom.
Skoda Vision IN
Skoda Vision IN Concept was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. It will be launched in the second half of 2021. Based on the Skoda India 2.0 plan, the new SUV will be underpinned by MQB AO-IN platform which is locally developed and will help in keeping the cost of the vehicle comparatively lower. However, the new mid-size SUV will still cost more than the rivals because it is a Skoda and it will offer a much more premium cabin. It is expected to get soft-touch materials on the dashboard and the door pads. Features will include a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, digital dials for the instrument cluster, electric sunroof, climate control and a lot more. Skoda will offer the Vision IN with the 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that we have seen on the Skoda Karoq. The engine produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There will also be a 1.0-litre TSI for the lower variants that we have seen on the Skoda Rapid. The engine produces 110 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Skoda Vision IN is expected to start from just under Rs 12 lakhs ex-showroom.
Mahindra will soon be launching the all-new generation of XUV500. The new SUV has been spied numerous time being tested on Indian roads. It is expected to launch in mid of 2021. It will come with a new muscular design, C-shaped LED headlamps, door handles that sit flush with the bodywork and LED tail lamps. The interior will get dual horizontal screens stacked together just like we have seen on Mercedes-Benz models. It will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that will produce 185 PS of max power. There will also be a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine that will produce 190 PS of max power. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox sourced from Aisin. Mahindra 2021 XUV500 will start from Rs. 14 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way upto Rs. 22 lakhs ex-showroom.
Hyundai Creta 7-seater
Hyundai is currently working on a 7-seater version of the Creta which might be called Alcazar. The new family SUV was recently spied on Indian roads also. The front of the SUV stays the same as the regular Creta. However, the side profile and the rear has been tweaked. The side profile gets longer overhangs to accommodate the third-row seats while the rear gets a new set of LED tail lamps and redesigned bodywork. It will be offered with the same set of engines as the Creta. So, there will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit, 1.5-litre diesel unit and a 1.4-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine. All the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic gearbox. Hyundai Creta 7-seater is expected to start from 13.2 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way upto Rs. 19.9 lakhs ex-showroom.
Mahindra Scorpio is one of the oldest cars that has been on sale in India. Mahindra is currently working on the new generation of the Scorpio, which will be called Scorpio Sting. The prototype models of the upcoming Scorpio have been spotted many times with heavy camouflage and without production-spec lights. It will be based on the updated ladder frame chassis just like 2020 Thar. Not much is known currently about the new Scorpio. We expect the 2021 Scorpio to launch towards the end of 2021.
MG ZS is currently only offered with an all-electric powertrain in India. MG Motors is currently working on introducing the ICE version of the ZS for the Indian market. However, the version that will be introduced will not be the current generation of ZS. We will get the new facelifted version of the ZS in the Indian market. The new SUV will be only offered with a petrol engine. There will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. MG also offers 1.0-litre turbo petrol and a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with the ZS. So, we would have to wait for the launch to see which engine makes its path to the Indian market. It is expected to hit the Indian market sometime next year.
With the Civic and CR-V being discontinued there is a huge gap in their line-up. So, the City will be the flagship for the Japanese manufacturer, but sedans are not really selling much when compared to SUVs. Bringing the HR-V to India makes sense for Honda as the new SUV can be their flagship and will also be able to compete with other manufacturers. Honda will be launching the third generation of HR-V in the Indian market. If Honda is able to price the HR-V aggressively, then it will be able to appeal to a lot of people. You can read more about the launch of the HR-V by clicking here. Honda is likely to offer a naturally aspirated petrol and a diesel engine initially. There could also be a turbo petrol engine that can be launched at a later stage.