The compact SUV segment of our country’s car market has been largely dominated by the Hyundai Creta. With no real rivals to deal with (the once popular Renault Duster is a bit too dated now), the Creta has been enjoying a free run of sorts. However, things don’t look as easy for this hot-selling Hyundai in the near future. There are at least seven new SUVs that will have the Creta in the crosshairs. Let’s take a look at this upcoming Hyundai Creta rivals in this post –
Kia SP Concept-based SUV
Kia made a lot of noise at the Auto Expo 2018 with the unveiling of the SP Concept. This design study will give birth to a Hyundai Creta-rivalling compact SUV that will likely launch in a year’s time. The company has already said that the upcoming SP-based SUV would command a slight premium over the Creta. However, it will try to justify the higher price tag through offering more features and a higher performance. The upcoming SUV will be targeted at the younger lot. It will be underpinned by the same platform that will also be used for the next-gen Hyundai Creta in a few years from now.
MG will step into our highly competitive car market with the launch of the ZS SUV. The India-spec ZS will have an edgy design and will be produced at the company’s recently acquired Halol plant. This is the same manufacturing facility that served General Motors until recently. The company is planning to use as much as 80% localized content in the production of this SUV. This should help MG India price the upcoming SUV competitively. There are good chances that the base and mid-level variants of the ZS would clash with the mid-level and top-end variants of the Creta on the pricing front.
The H5X was the show-stopper of the Tata pavilion at the Auto Expo 2018. The H5X will spawn a 5-seater compact SUV that will rival the Hyundai Creta as well as the Mahindra XUV500. This means that the H5X, akin to the MG ZS, would go on to rival the higher variants of the Korean SUV. The H5X will be designed as per the Impact Design 2.0 design philosophy. The highlight, however, is the fact that it will use a version of the same platform that underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Powering the SUV will be the same 2.0 Multijet motor that can be found under the hood of the Jeep Compass. This is one upcoming Tata SUV to look out for.
Mahindra S201/ Tivoli
Mahindra & Mahindra, the popular UV maker, is about to launch a compact SUV to rival the Hyundai Creta. Based on the Ssangyong Tivoli, this upcoming SUV has been internally codenamed as the S201. It will be available in both 5-seat and 7-seat layouts. The smaller one will launch first and will go on to rival the Hyundai Creta. Expect a competitive pricing and powerful petrol and diesel engines.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara
While the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza rules the sub-4-meter compact SUV segment, the upcoming Vitara will rival the Hyundai Creta in a segment above. The Vitara will likely launch with a 1.4-liter turbo and a 1.6-liter diesel engines. While it is slightly smaller than the Creta, it will offer enough features to attract the SUV-buying lot. Also, expect Maruti to price this SUV really competitively. Moreover, the company’s wide service network and good after-sales support should help the Vitara strike a chord with the buyers.
Another upcoming Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass-rival is the Honda HR-V. The HR-V will fill the gap between the slow-selling BR-V and the CR-V. Akin to the H5X, it will rival the higher variants of the Creta. The HR-V will become the fourth Honda vehicle for India in the R-V series (the other three being the CR-V, WR-V, and the BR-V). The HR-V will offer a long list of features and a 5-seat layout. It will be powered by the same 1.5-litre iVTEC engine that powers the City. The diesel variant could get the 1.6-litre EarthDreams turbo diesel engine that will also power the next-gen City.
Peugeot will return to India with the 3008. The upcoming Peugeot 3008 SUV will the Hyundai Creta as well as the Mahindra XUV500. Currently, this SUV is powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine and a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine in various international markets. The upcoming SUV will be assembled in India in a new factory near Chennai. Peugeot has got into collaboration with Hindustan Motors for its Indian operations.