The trend of SUVs is rising due to which every manufacturer is launching one. 2021 will be the year of SUVs. Many SUVs will be launched in India in every segment: from a micro-SUV like Tata Hornbill to a big premium SUV like Jeep Compass 7-seater. Here we have made a list of 10 such SUVs that we expect to be launched in India.
Mahindra Scorpio Sting
Mahindra will be revamping most of its SUVs. They have already launched the 2020 Thar, which is a huge success for the manufacturer. The Scorpio Sting name has been registered by Mahindra. So, it should be safe to assume that the new generation of Scorpio might be called Scorpio Sting. Considering that the manufacturer is using a suffix with Scorpio, there are chances that the current generation Scorpio might stay on sale as a cheaper alternative. The Scorpio Sting will be powered by a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Mahindra is all set to launch an all-new generation of XUV500. It comes with a radical new design, new LED headlamps and tail lamps, dual digital screens just like we have seen on some Mercedes-Benz models. The XUV500 has been on sale for almost 10 years and it has done well in the Indian market. It was a hit in the market when it was first launched and we hope that Mahindra gets the same success as they got with the first generation XUV500.
It will get the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol and 2.2-litre as the new Scorpio Sting that will also be launched next year. However, the engine should be tuned to produce more power as the XUV500 is a bigger SUV than the Scorpio Sting.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Citroen’s first SUV was going to be launched this year in the Indian market. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the launch has been postponed to next year. Citroen C5 Aircross will be a CKD unit which means that the SUV will be assembled locally, but it will not be manufactured locally. Due to this the price of the C5 Aircross will be much more than its competitors. However, the advantage of being a CKD product is that it will have a very good quality of materials which should be much better than the competitors. Citroen C5 Aircross should be priced around Rs. 30 lakhs ex-showroom. It will be powered by two diesel engines. There will be a 1.5-litre diesel engine producing around 131 HP and there would also be a 2.0-litre diesel engine which will produce around 180 HP.
MG ZS Petrol
MG Motors will be launching the ICE version of its ZS EV. However, it will be the newer version of the ZS. So, it will look quite different and more modern than the ZS EV that is currently on sale in the Indian market. The ZS Petrol has been spied on Indian roads and it could be launched with two petrol engine options. There would be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that will produce 120 PS of max power and 150 Nm of peak torque. There would also be a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine that will be producing 163 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 230 Nm.
Skoda Vision IN
Skoda Vision IN debuted at the Auto Expo 2020. It is a SUV that is specifically tailored for the Indian market. It will be a mid-size SUV that will be placed below the Karoq in Skoda’s line-up. The SUV has been spied quite a few times on the Indian roads with a camouflage. It will be powered by two petrol engines. There would be the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that is found in Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Polo TSI and other VW cars. The engine produces 110 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. The engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Then there would be the 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that we have seen on the Skoda Karoq and the Volkswagen T-Roc. The engine churns out 150 HP of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. It will come mated to a 7-speed DSG Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox as standard.
Hyundai Creta 7-seater
The 7-seater version of the latest generation of Hyundai Creta has been spied in the international market. Hyundai also registered “Alcazar” name which we assume is for the 7-seater version of the Creta. The new SUV was spied wearing the same alloy wheels which we have seen on the Creta. It will also get the same set of engines. So, there would be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 115 HP of max power and there would be the 1.5-litre diesel engine that will also produce 115 HP. Hyundai will also offer the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that will produce 140 HP. Hyundai Alcazar will be competing against the MG Hector Plus, the upcoming Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Tata Gravitas.
Tata revealed the HBX Concept at the Auto Expo. It is a micro-SUV just like the S-Presso from Maruti Suzuki. It is rumoured to be called the Hornbill and it has been spied numerous times on the Indian roads. It will continue to get the split headlamp design that we have seen on the Tata Harrier, it will get LED Daytime Running Lamps, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, semi-digital instrument cluster and a sound system sourced from Harman. It will be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that we have seen on the Tata Tiago, Tigor and the Altroz. The engine produces 85 HP of max power and a peak torque output of 114 Nm.
Tata Gravitas was also showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. It will be the new flagship for the Indian manufacturer. The Gravitas is essentially a longer and taller version of the Harrier. The changes are only cosmetic as there are no changes under the hood. So, it continues to get the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that is sourced from Fiat. The engine churns out 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter. The interior of the Gravitas will also be tweaked with beige colour for a more premium look. The added length and height will help the third-row passengers to sit relatively comfortably. While the front of the SUV remains the same as Harrier, there are certain changes to the rear. For instance, it gets a much sleeker set of LED tail lamps, an upright tailgate, roof rails and a rear spoiler.
Nissan Magnite was recently launched in the Indian market and now its cousin, the Renault Kiger will be launching next year. The Kiger shares the same platform, engines and the transmissions as the Magnite. However, Kiger will look nothing like the Magnite. Where the Magnite looks give a bit of a crossover-ish feel, the Magnite is expected to look like a bigger version of the Renault Kwid. Renault also showcased the Concept version of the Kiger recently and it does look quite attractive in pictures. It will be powered by a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 10-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 72 HP of max power and 96 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to just a 5-speed manual gearbox. Whereas the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 100 HP of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque when mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. A CVT gearbox with the turbo petrol engine will also be on offer, but it will produce 152 Nm of peak torque.
Jeep Compass 7-seater
The Jeep Compass has been on sale in the Indian market for quite some time now and it has not received any facelift till date. While the facelift is on the way, Jeep will also be introducing a 7-seater version of the Compass. It will feature new design language and will get a better-built interior. It will also get a new larger infotainment system which will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is rumoured that Fiat will give a more powerful version of the current 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine with the 7-seater version of the Compass. The new engine is expected to produce around 200 HP of max power.