8 new Jeep Compass rivals for India: Toyota Rush to Tata H7X

The Compass is the only mass market vehicle in India by Jeep and has been doing quite well for the company. It has got powerful engines, comfortable and feature laden interiors along with an attractive exterior design. Until now, its main competitor is the Mahindra XUV500 and both of them have been constantly edging out each other in terms of sales. However, the coming time will see a lot of new SUVs being launched in the segment that will rival the Compass and try to claim the throne in the segment. Here are 8 upcoming SUVs that will challenge the Jeep Compass in the

Honda HR-V

Expected launch timeline: End 2019 or Mid 2020

The Honda HR-V is a crossover styled vehicle that offers style and practicality in one package. It is expected that Honda will launch the HR-V in India by end 2019 or during the first quarter of 2020. The Indian spec Honda HR-V will probably get the same engine as fount on the City sedan, which is a 1.5-litre petrol unit churning out 116 Bhp of power. Another engine option could be the 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 98 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. Transmission on offer will include both an automatic gearbox and a manual box, available on both the engines.

MG Hector

Expected launch timeline: Mid 2019

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MG is also preparing for its India debut and the first vehicle it will bring here will be the HEctor SUV. The Hector will be as large as the CR-V and will probably be priced around Rs 16-20 lakh bracket. A direct rival to the Jeep Compass, MG’s new product will come with a 2.0-litre Fiat sourced diesel motor that will be retuned for this SUV. There should be a petrol option too along with an automatic gearbox. However, it will not come with 4X4 drivetrain option as of now. That said, the MG Hector will come with the most advanced features in the segment included connected apps and best in class safety standards.

Mitsubishi Eclipse

Expected launch timeline: 2020

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The next vehicle that will join Mitsubishi’s Indian lineup will probably be the Eclipse Crossover. It is jointly developed by the Japanese automaker along with Renault-Nissan. The SUV sits on Mitsubishi’s GS platform that it shares with the Outlander Sport. Internationally, the Eclipse is sold with three engine options which include a 2 litre naturally aspirated petrol (150 PS-198 Nm), a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol (150 PS-250 Nm) and a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel (150 PS-400 Nm). As for the transmission duties, CVT automatic and 8 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes are available while the drivetrain includes both front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions.

Toyota Rush

Expected launch timeline: Late 2020

2019 Toyota Rush

The Toyota Rush is a crossover style vehicle that will take on the Jeep Compass. The Toyota Rush was rumoured to be launched in the Indian market since a long time now but it seems that the company will finally bring in the Rush by 2020. It will carry a price tag between Rs. 15w lakhs to 20 lakhs when launched . Toyota will launch the all-new next-generation Rush here which is expected to get the hybrid system. Being a Toyota, expect the quality and fit-finish levels to be top notch and it will come loaded with features.

Skoda Karoq

Expected launch timeline: End 2019

The Skoda Karoq is essentially a toned down version of the Kodiaq and a spiritual successor to the Skoda Yeti. The company will launch the Karoq in India next year and will bring the SUV into India via the completely knocked down (CKD) route. The Skoda Karoq will be assembled at the Czech carmaker’s Aurangabad facility and will use the same 2.0-litre TFI diesel engine found on its larger sibling the Kodiaq. In the Karoq, the engine is expected to produce 148 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque and should come paired with the VW group’s 7-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

Tata H7X

Expected launch timeline: End 2019

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This has been known for long that Tata Motors is working on a 7 seater version of the Harrier. It is expected to launch in India by the end of 2019 or in early 2020. The large SUV, codenamed H7X, is a 7-seater version of the Harrier and is based on the same OMEGA platform that underpins the 5-seater Harrier. It will most probably be showcased during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show along with a host of other anticipated Tata cars like the 45X among others. The H7X will use the same 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine from Fiat that powers the Harrier. However, it will be tuned for more power on the H7X to compensate for the added weight.

Hyundai Creta 7 seater

Expected launch timeline: Early to Mid 2019

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Hyundai has been ruling the compact SUV segment for long with the Creta and now the company is looking to extend its range. The new generation Creta will be launched this year and joining it will be its seven seater sibling. It will be based on the same platform that is also shared with Kia’s upcoming SP2i compact SUV. The Creta 7 seater would be more feature rich than the current 5 seater version. However, as of now, they have been no confirmed sightings of a lager Creta being tested which is the reason no picture or confirmed details of the SUV is available as of yet.

Mahindra XUV500 (New)

Expected launch timeline: 2020

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The Mahindra XUV500 has only seen one facelift since its launch and therefore the company will launch the new generation of the SUV next year. The new XUV500 will be built upon a new chassis and will get powered by the newly developed 2.0 litre diesel engine that will also power the next generation Thar and Scorpio, albeit in a different state of tune. The new XUV500 will probably grow in size and the power out bumped to around 170 Bhp. A host of new features will also be added, which could include a panoramic sunroof along with enhanced safety tech.