In the next year-and-a-half, no less than 8 new SUVs will be launched in India that will take on the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta. Some of these SUVs will also target vehicles, such as the Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa. Here’s the full list.
The Honda HR-V SUV is all set to make its Indian debut next year. Recently, Honda officials said they are planning to launch six new models in India and the HR-V will be part of it.The Honda HR-V will fill the gap between the BR-V and the CR-V SUVs in the company’s Indian line-up. Based on the Honda Jazz platform, the HR-V is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing 142bhp and 172Nm of torque. Either a 6-speed manual or a CVT transmission will be offered. For India, the HR-V may borrow the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit. The diesel option will be the 1.5-litre I-DTEC unit, which powers most of Honda’s diesel cars in India.
Skoda India is expected to launch the Karoq compact SUV replacing the discontinued Skoda Yeti next year. Test mules of the Karoq has been spotted recently in India, which indicate that the homologation and testing process is under way. The Karoq is longer, wider, more butch and a less jazzy replacement to the Yeti. The India-spec Karoq is expected to come with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. Skoda may also offer an 1.8-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine on the SUV.
Nissan Kicks was unveiled in Brazil in May 2016, and is based on the B-Zero platform that it shares with the Renault Duster. The Kicks features a V-motion grille, boomerang-styled head and tail lights, and a floating roof. On the inside, the Kicks flaunts the ‘Gliding Wing’ dashboard design along with a centrally-mounted seven-inch display. The company claims best-in-class passenger space for rear passenger and spacious boot area despite the coupe-like C-pillar layout. In India, the compact SUV is expected to get a 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine borrowed from the Terrano SUV.
Tata’s premium Harrier SUV is expected to hit Indian roads in 2018, now that the development is in full swing. Initially code-named the Q501, the model has been spotted undergoing road tests in the disguise of the Land Rover Discovery. The Tata SUV will be based on Land Rover Discovery Sport’s L550 platform. The Harrier will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that develops 140 Bhp-320 Nm, and will get six-speed manual and automatic transmission options. The Harrier will also feature an AWD system similar to Land Rover’s Terrain Response program.
Kia SP SUV
Kia will officially enter the Indian market in 2019. The company will come as a premium brand and will launch an all-new 5-seater premium SUV as its first offering. The SUV will be based on the SP concept, which was unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. It will share its platform with the Hyundai Creta, though it will be launched as a premium offering. The Kia SP will also share its mechanicals with the Hyundai Creta, which means it will get 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. The SUV will take on SUVs, such as the Jeep Compass, Renault Captur and others in its league.
Hyundai Tucson Facelift
Hyundai is already working on the Hyundai Tucson facelift. The SUV will be launched, in India, in early 2019. The SUV will get changes on both its exterior and interior. It will be powered by its existing engines – 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre turbo diesel. While the petrol engine produces 155 bhp power and 192 Nm of torque, the diesel unit churns out 185 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The SUV will continue to be offered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
C-HR stands for ‘Coupe High Rider’ and this adventurous styled Toyota is intended to attract younger buyers. With dimensions of 4360 mm in length and 1795 mm in width, the C-HR is actually slightly bigger than a Corolla. The Toyota C-HR is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine, which will produce 114 Bhp of power and 185 Nm of peak torque. It also gets a 1.8-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine option. With the reliability and build quality of Toyota, C-HR is likely to attract a lot of buyers.
The MG ZS is a 4.5-meter long SUV that will take on vehicles, such as the Creta and Duster in the market. Since the ZS is much bigger than these vehicles in length, it will fall in the Mahindra XUV 500 category. However, the engine options of the vehicle put it in the Creta and Duster category. The SUV gets two petrol engine in China and no diesel engine. One is a turbocharged 1.0-litre engine that produces a maximum of 123 Bhp – 175 Nm and one a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that produces 118 Bhp – 150 Nm.