The sub-four-metre SUV segment was created by the Ford EcoSport, but the inclusion of newer products have challenged the vehicle’s monopoly. But that’s not all, as with the 2016 Auto Expo scheduled next month, we are expecting some new challengers. Here is the list:
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The company might have just released a teaser image of the Vitara Brezza, but it has been in the news for a very long time. And why shouldn’t it be, it’s MSIL’s first product in the segment after all. From what we know about the vehicle, it will be front-wheel drive (like its competitors) and will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine options (engines to be shared with the Swift/Baleno – 1.2-litre petrol unit and 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel unit). The spy shots along with the teaser image have confirmed that the vehicle will have square-shaped wheel arches, a good amount of ground clearance, and a floating roof.
Sub-Creta Hyundai’s compact SUV
The Creta might have created a huge change in the compact SUV segment, but Hyundai is expected to launch something below it. With the said product, not only will the Korean carmaker be able to tackle competition from the likes of Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300, but also widen its range and fill the gap between the i20 Active and the Creta.
First showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, it seems that the Nexon concept will finally be converted into a production version at the edition of the biennial auto show. Likely to be called Osprey, the vehicle will be powered by the same set of engines that power the Bolt and the Zest – a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. Like on the Zest, expect AMT to appear on the new compact SUV by Tata, too. Dimensions wise, the vehicle will be sub-four-metre.
The recently-revived budget brand from Nissan is likely to see an addition to its range, in the form of the Datsun Go-Cross crossover. It’s based on the Datsun Go+ but will get more muscular styling, while retaining the mechanicals. In comparison to the concept, the styling is expected to be toned down by a notch or two, and like others, it will continue to the sub-four-metre.
Mahindra Quanto facelift
The Quanto came before the EcoSport but sadly never quite managed the kind of appeal that the EcoSport did/still does. But we’re hoping Mahindra will change that with the Quanto facelift. Apart from a new front-end styling, it will also get a slightly updated interior, and an automated manual gearbox. Like the gearbox, the engine too is likely to be shared with the TUV300 – so expect it to be slightly low on power but with added efficiency.