Launch During: Festive season / Expected Price: 20 lakhs
Audi India will get its smallest crossover, the Q2 into the Indian market sometime this year. This will make it the cheapest Audi on sale in the country. It will be priced around the Rs 20 lakh mark. It carries the Audi design theme and has a virtual cockpit on the inside, something that we have come to expect from Audis. It will feature LED headlamps as well. On the engines front, the 1.4 liter TFSi unit from the A3/4 is expected while we could also get the 2.0 liter diesel engine.
Launch During: Festive season / Expected Price: 30 lakhs
Nissan currently has only one SUV on sale in the country, the Terrano. Globally, the Nissan brand is well known for its SUVs, however we haven’t received any global SUV yet. While we did have the X-Trail on sale previously, it was removed from the Indian market a few years ago. After having showcased the new X-Trail at the 2016 Auto Expo, the company is expected to bring the X-Trail name back to India sometime this year.
The new X-Trail which will come will be offered in hybrid form only, which will make it the only hybrid SUV in the segment and the only compact SUV to get a hybrid powertrain (the other SUV being the XC90). The vehicle is expected to be priced around the 35 lakh mark. Power comes from a 2.0 liter petrol engine that is mated with an electric motor. Output from the petrol engine is 145 Bhp and 207 Nm where as the electric motor produces 40 Bhp and 107 Nm.
Launch During: early 2018 / Expected Price: 25-30 lakhs
Honda’s flagship SUV, the CR-V continues to soldier on in the Indian market. There is adequate demand for the vehicle since it is one of the only petrol SUVs in the segment. A facelift of the same was globally unveiled sometime back and the same will be launched in the Indian market sometime this year. The update is mainly visual, with the front end now sporting the new Honda family grill. The company just unveiled a diesel version of the CR-V for the Indonesian market. There may even be a 7-seat option on offer which could make the CR-V an interesting proposition.
Hyundai compact SUV
Launch During: 2018 / Expected Price: 6-10 lakhs
Hyundai is all set to introduce an all-new sub 4-meter SUV that will sit below the Creta. We expect the company to showcase the car at the upcoming 2018 Delhi Autoexpo. Details on engines are not yet known.
Mitsubishi Pajero face-lift
Launch During: Late 2017 / Expected Price: 25-30 lakhs
The Pajero Sport has been the sole bread earner for Mitsubishi in India. While the company still exists with a small number of dealers, they are planning on bringing the all-new Pajero Sport into our market soon. The vehicle has already been imported into India for testing purposes which makes us believe that the company could launch the new vehicle this year.
The new vehicle looks a lot more flamboyant than the outgoing version, which was more butch and rugged. The new vehicle is powered by a 2.4 liter turbo diesel unit making 178 Bhp and 430 Nm. The interiors have been spruced up as well. We hope that such products can bring back the Mitsubishi brand from the dead.
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