India’s growing SUV market seems to be in no way wanting to slow down. With 2018 slowly coming to an end, we can take a look at the at 2019 and take a look at the brand new SUV offerings that are set to arrive in 2019. In this post, let’s take a look at these upcoming all-new SUVs for India that are set to launch in 2019.
The Tata Harrier is perhaps the most hyped SUV to ever roll out of a Tata Motors production line. The all-new Tat Harrier was first shown at Auto Expo 2018 and then revealed in production guise as the Harrier a few weeks back. Tata Motors has started accepting bookings for the Harrier, which will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. The new Tata Harrier SUV will make use of a platform first developed by Land Rover and will also draw power from the same engine as the Fiat while making use of the Creta’s automatic gearbox as one of its transmission options. The Harrier arrives in India in January 2019.
The H7X will be the seven-seater version of the Tata Harrier when it arrives by the end of 2019. The H7X is based on the same H5X concept that spawned the Harrier. Expect the H7X to feature a similar striking design as the H7X. It will also make use of the same engine options as the Harrier, though we do expect an upgrade in power. The H7X is expected to arrive by the end of 2019.
Maruti Zen Micro SUV
India’s largest carmaker Maruti is set to venture into the world of Micro SUVs in the Indian market. The upcoming micro SUV from Maruti is expected to bear the Zen name and will rival the Mahindra KUV100. The Maruti Zen micro SUV will sit alongside the carmaker’s hatchbacks as Maruti looks to capitalize on the growing demand for small SUVs in India. The SUV will be based on the Future S concept showcased at Auto Expo 2018. The Initial engine options will be the 1.2-litre K Series petrol engine, which some sort of electrification set to arrive in the following years.
The world of sub-4-metre-compact SUVs from India is set to get a new entrant in the form of the Carlino-concept based production SUV that could bear the name Styx. The Hyundai Styx will sit under the Creta in the carmaker’s lineup, and it will bear a design similar to the Creta, though with a few more modern Hyundai touches like the cues found on the Kona including the split headlamps. The Carlino will make use of a 1.4 -litre diesel engine from the i20 and the carmaker’s first use of a turbocharged petrol engine. The Hyundai Styx is expected to hit Indian roads in the first half of 2019.
The Hyundai Kona was first showcased last year and since then gone on sale in a few international markets across the world. The Kona will sit above the Creta and under the new Tucson. The new Kona features an aggressive design with a large grille and split headlights. The Kona is expected to be powered by a tweaked version of the Creta’s drivetrain. Hyundai is already testing an electric variant of the Kona. The regular fossil-fueled Kona will arrive in India in the second half of 2019.
Kia SP Concept
Earlier this year at Auto Expo 2018, Hyundai’s premium car brand Kia unveiled what its first Indian model would be like – the SP Concept. The Kia SP concept-based SUV will bring in turbocharging to larger engines in the Indian Hyundai family which will be used in future Hyundais. The SP concept-based SUV will be priced at a premium compared to the Hyundai Creta and brings with Kia’s every increasingly impressive design language lowered. The Kia SP concept-based SUV is expected to arrive on Indian roads in the second half of 2019.
Mahindra launched two new large UV products this year in India in the form of the Marazzo MPV and more recently the Alturas G4 premium 7-seater SUV. Next year Mahindra will concentrate on the smaller SUV segment and will launch the S201 in early 2019. The S201 is a re-engineered version of the Ssangyong Tivoli that has been shortened to slip under the 4-metre mark for better government subsidies. The S201 will be powered by Mahindra’s new 1.5-litre diesel engine found on the Marazzo.
The S202 is the extended wheelbase version of the S201 seen above and underneath is, in fact, a Ssangyong Tivoli. Like the recently launched Alturas G4, Mahindra is expected to rebadge its subsidiary’s compact SUV for its use in the Indian market. The S202 is expected to use the S201’s drivetrain. Mahindra’s version of the Tivoli is expected to arrive in India later in 2019.
Japanese carmaker Nissan unveiled the India-spec Kicks SUV last month. The Kicks which will arrive in India in Early 2019 and will see Nissan foray into the compact SUV segment for the second time. At its launch, Nissan only unveiled details about the dimensions and a few features about the India-spec Kicks, which is larger than the SUV that bears its name abroad. Powertrain options are not known, though it is expected to use the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines found on the Renault Duster.
The second-generation of the Renault Duster is only expected to launch in India in the second half of 2019, around two years after it was unveiled to the world at the 2017 Paris Motor Show. The new Renault Duster is expected to bring a host of feature upgrades on the inside and sport a revised new look on the outside. The next-gen Duster is expected to continue with Renault’s 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options for the current Duster, though we could expect a few changes in terms of performance to help them cope with stricter BS-VI emission laws that come into effect in April 2020.