Here are seven more segment starter cars in India.
7-Seater affordable SUV
The Tata Safari was a cult vehicle in India. It offered brute looks while offering two extra seats in the third row. Tata even did a great job with the advertisements of this SUV. At the moment, there are quite a few cars in a segment that was essentially started by the Tata Safari.
Mitsubishi Pajero SFX
The segment that is currently ruled by the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour was started by the Mitsubishi Pajero SFX. The 90s SUV became widely popular in the market and a vehicle of choice of many. The capable SUV was powered by a 2.8-litre engine and it was a delight to drive this SUV on the highway and even off the road.
Long before the Toyota Qualis and Toyota Innova saw the face of Indian roads, Kazah Kazwa was around in India. The car got homologated for the Indian market two years before Toyota started to rule the segment with the Qualis. The MPV was planned with an agreement with Hindustan Motors with annual production of around 150 cars. Kazwa was highly inspired by the Renault Escape MPV and it was powered by a 2,000cc diesel engine from Hindustan Motors. The car was never launched in India. The first MPV to come to India was the Qualis, which became extremely successful.
Maruti Celerio became quite famous in the Indian market. One of the best selling points of the Celerio AMT is its gearbox, which makes it one of the cheapest automatic vehicles in India. The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) has the basic skeleton of a manual gearbox but with additional equipment that helps to keep the cost at minimal. The Celerio AMT kickstarted a revolution that saw many manufacturers following suit with their own AMT models. The Celerio AMT provided customers with low-cost automatic solutions that brought ease of driving experience to them.
Mahindra KUV 100
While Renault Kwid brought the brutish SUV looks to the segment in India, it was the KUV 100 that really looked like an SUV. The KUV’s masculine looks and a high ground clearance make it look like a proper SUV, which make it a first in the segment.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
The Volkswagen Polo is quite known for its build quality in the market. Volkswagen also launched a hot version of the hatchback that is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Volkswagen offered high-tech dual-clutch DSG transmission with the hatchback, which made it every enthusiast’s dream. Later Ford also launched the Figo with the dual clutch transmission in the segment.
Volkswagen Cross Polo
Volkswagen launched the Cross Polo, which is a butch-looking version of the Polo hatchback. The segment later saw launches of similar cars, like the Etios Cross and the Hyundai i20 Active. Even Ford is about to launch a crossover-ish version of the Figo under the Freestyle moniker.