Upcoming 7-seater cars with their launch timelines: From Mahindra XUV500 to Honda CR-V

Seven-seater cars are quite famous in India for their practicality and popular with big Indian families who love to travel together. There are many upcoming seven-seater SUVs that will be launched in India, in 2018. Here are details of six such vehicles and their launch timelines.

Mahindra XUV 500

Launch: 18th April 2018

Mahindra will launch the much-awaited facelifted version of the XUV 500 in India. The updated version of the SUV will get changes inside out. On the outside, there will be a new grille, new headlamps, new bumpers, new tail lamps and alloys. The interiors also get updated with premium leather upholstery in the top-end variant.

The XUV 500 also gets an updated engine. The top-end version of the SUV will get a more powerful version of the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 155 Bhp and 360 Nm. The lower variants will get the current state of tune, which is 140 Bhp – 330 Nm. The 2.2-litre petrol engine will also be available.

Honda CR-V

Launch: September 2018

Honda CR-V will come in an all-new avatar this year. Honda will launch the ASEAN spec CR-V in India that gets 7-seats. The CR-V has been updated thoroughly and will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.

This is the first time that the Honda CR-V will be powered by a diesel engine. It gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. The 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine will continue to power the upcoming car. The diesel-powered CR-V will not get AWD option and is expected to get a manual transmission only.

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus

Launch: April/May 2018

Mahindra has already launched the vehicle in select markets but the nation-wide launch is yet to happen. The body-on-ladder frame car will get an extra row of seats, and the vehicle is expected to replace the Xylo in the market. The car may also be used to replace the ageing Bolero as it does not meet the crash standards that will be applicable from 2019. The TUV 300 is compliant with the crash test norms, unlike the Bolero.

The TUV 300 Plus is expected to get a 1.5-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine that develops 100 Bhp – 240 Nm. The new vehicle will take on the likes of Renault Lodgy and Maruti Ertiga.

Mahindra U321

Launch: September/October 2018

The Mahindra U321 is a premium MPV that will be launched later this year. The car has been caught testing extensively by Mahindra and it is expected to be placed between the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta in the market. The car will get a grille similar to that of the new Scorpio. It gets projector headlamps and LED DRL on the foglamps.

The Mahindra U321 will come with an all-new 1.6-litre mFalcon diesel engine that has been developed with inputs from SsangYong. The new unit will churn out a maximum power of 125 Bhp and peak torque of 305 Nm. Mahindra will also offer a petrol engine with the MPV but exact details of the petrol engine are not yet known. The car will get standard safety features like ABS and airbags across all variants.

Maruti Ertiga

Launch: September/October 2018

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Maruti is working on the all-new Ertiga that is based on the new HEARTECT platform that underpins the likes of Swift, Dzire and Baleno in India. The new Ertiga will be larger in dimensions but will remain smaller than the Innova. With the new platform, the Ertiga will shed a lot of weight too.

The new Ertiga will mark the debut of the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine developed by Maruti Suzuki. The engine will produce a maximum of 108 Bhp – 138 Nm. The petrol engine is expected to remain the same. The Ertiga will offer both automatic and manual transmission options.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Launch: April/May 2018

Mitsubishi will launch the all-new Pajero Sport in India this year. The ladder-on-frame SUV will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner in the Indian market. The seven-seater SUV has grown in dimensions and looks very sharp too.

The Indian spec Pajero Sport is powered by a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 181 Bhp and 430 Nm. There will be an 8-speed automatic transmission. The car will also get Super Select 4-wheel drive.