Mahindra XUV700 to Tata Harrier: 10 new SUVs launching in the next 6 months

Mahindra XUV700 to Tata Harrier: 10 new SUVs launching in the next 6 months

India has always been a big market for SUVs and now, with the wide choice of compact, mid and full size SUVs in the market, the sector is on a boom. The coming six months have all been scheduled by the automakers to launch new SUV models in the market. We have compiled a list of 10 such SUVs with expected prices and launch timelines. Take a look and decide if you want one for yourself.

Mahindra S201

Expected launch: Early 2019

Expected price: Rs. 7-10 Lakhs

 mahindra s201 render

Mahindra’s compact SUV car S201 is based on the globally sold SsangYong Tivoli. It however will sport different front and rear end design and will be altered for Indian conditions. Mahindra has reportedly filled the vehicle to brim with equipment and safety features. The S201 is expected to come with many first in class surprises.

It will be powered by the same engine that sits under the Marazzo MPV which is a 1.5 litre diesel unit churning out 123 Bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. Upon its launch, the S201 will be the most powerful vehicle of its class.

Hyundai QXI

Expected launch: Early to mid 2019

Expected price: Rs. 6-9 Lakhs

 hyundai carlino cartoq render

Hyundai first showcased its compact SUV design as Carlino concept at the 2016 Delhi auto expo. The QXI is based on the Carlino only but will sport a more near production design and interiors. It will be Hyundai’s smallest SUV offering in India yet.

Under the bonnet of the all-new QXi will be a range of BS-VI complaint engine options. An all-new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine with around 116.3 Bhp and 171 Nm of torque is expected to make its debut with the car. Also expected to arrive in India is a new 1.5-litre diesel motor with 113.4 Bhp and 250 Nm of torque on tap. The QXi could also feature Hyundai’s current 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine under its hood as well. It will lock horns with the Ecosport, Nexon and the upcoming S201 from Mahindra.

Nissan Kicks

Expected launch: January 2019

Expected price: Rs. 10-15 Lakhs

 nissan kicks

Nissan is also readying its Creta rival silently. The Kicks will be made on the B-Zero platform that is also used by the Duster, the Terrano and the Captur. It will most probably be powered by the same 1.5 litre diesel/petrol engine currently available on the Captur. The petrol engine produces 104.5 Bhp of power and 142 Nm of torque whereas the diesel unit churns out 108.5 Bhp of power and 240 Nm of torque.

A 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard although it remains to be seen if an AMT option is also offered. Aimed squarely at Creta, expect Nissan to price it lower than the Hyundai counterpart and equip the car fairly.

 Tata Harrier

Expected launch time: Early 2019

Expected price: Rs. 13-20 Lakhs

 

The H5X was first shown off at the 2018 Delhi auto expo as a concept vehicle. Now, however, the production version of this SUV will be called Harrier. Tata is expected to launch the SUV during the first quarter of 2019 with production starting at 2018 end.

The Harrier will be among the first Tata vehicle to be built upon a Land Rover platform. Also, it will be 80% similar to the concept vehicle as per the reports. The Harrier will be powered by a 2.0-litre multijet diesel engine that is available on the Jeep Compass in India. Its arch rivals will be the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.

Isuzu MU-X Facelift

 Expected launch: October-November 2018

Expected price: Rs. 25-28 Lakhs

 

Isuzu has been slowly gaining traction in the Indian automotive scene. The V-Cross has done very well for the company and now the Isuzu is bringing in a face-lifted MU-X to further boost the sales. It will continue to come in via the CKD route and assembled here. Changes will include cosmetic boosts like updated bumpers and lights both at the front and rear.

The Isuzu MU-X is also likely to get an all-new 1.9-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that produces 148 Bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with the four-wheel-drive system.

Mahindra XUV700

 Expected launch: 9th October 2018

Expected price: Rs. 28-30 Lakhs

 

Mahindra’s new flagship is actually a rebadged SsangYong Rexton G4, and we aren’t complaining. It will be the most luxurious Mahindra ever with many first in class features like heated/ventilated seats among others. It also will be loaded to brim with safety features like ABS, EBD, 9 airbags and many more.

A 2.2-litre diesel engine producing a maximum power of 179 Bhp and 420 Nm will be doing the powertrain duty. It will be mated to a Mercedes-Benz sourced 7-speed automatic transmission. Pricing is where Mahindra will use its magic wand, so expect it to be positioned somewhere near Rs. 24 lakh mark making it much cheaper than the competition.

 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Expected launch: End 2018

Expected price: Rs. 23-25 Lakhs

 

The new Trailhawk version of the Compass is already manufactured at FCA’s plant in Ranjangaon. Jeep has not made any changes to the engine and the car will continue to come with the same 2 litre diesel engine. It, however, will be mated to a nine-speed automatic, rather than the six-speed manual offered on the current top-spec trim, the Limited (O) 4×4.

Expect the pricing to be somewhat between Rs. 24 lakh. The Trailhawk version will sit above the current top of the line variant so expect it to come with all the bells and whistles. We can expect the car will not be short on comfort and equipment.

 

Skoda Karoq

Expected launch: End 2018

Expected price: Rs. 18-22 Lakhs

The Rs. 15-25 lakh price bracket is among the hottest segments right now. Skoda too now wants to jump in the bandwagon and the carmaker will bring the Kodiaq’s smaller sibling – the Karoq – to India. It is deemed to be a replacement for the very capable, but slow-selling Yeti. Skoda is taking no chances this time around and hence the Karoq is a more conventional-looking SUV than the Yeti. Also, like its main rivals, the Jeep Compass, it is a five-seater.

The Karoq is the first Skoda to come with a digital instrument panel and you can expect build and interior quality to be top-notch. The Karoq is built on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and will be offered in India with a 1.4 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel engine.

Honda CR-V

Expected launch: 9th October 2018

Expected price: Rs. 25- 28 Lakh

 

Honda has now planned to bring in the new CR-V to India. It is already on sale in some foreign markets. The car would be launched around October end this year with prices to start at or above Rs. 25 lakhs. The new CR-V will be available with a 1.6-litre diesel producing 120 Ps of power and 300 Nm of torque and a 2.0-litre petrol giving out 154 Ps of power and 189 Nm of torque.

Diesel variants will feature a 9-speed automatic, whereas the petrol ones will get a CVT. Also it will be for the first time that the car will be offered with a Seven-seater configuration. This will help the company to attract those buyers who till now were staying away from it due to its five seat configuration.

Ford Endeavour Facelift

Expected launch: Early 2019

Expected price: Rs. 25-30 Lakhs

 

The Endeavour has been feeling the heat from vehicles such as the Skoda Kodiaq, the upcoming Honda CR-V and yet to be launched Isuzu MU-X facelift. To counter that, Ford will be launching the new Endeavour with minor visual and interior updates. The feature list will be revised too, but the talking point here is the new engine. Downsizing is the current buzz in the industry the Endeavour will come with the new, smaller 2.0-litre turbo Diesel engine that is good for 200+ bhp output! This one also gets a segment first 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard


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