Upcoming petrol SUVs for India: From Vitara Brezza to Hyundai Creta

SUVs are becoming quite popular in the Indian market. There is a shift towards petrol vehicles due to the closing gap in the fuel prices. There are many upcoming SUVs in the Indian market and many of them are petrol-powered SUVs. Here are all the petrol SUVs that are coming to India this year.

Mahindra XUV 500

Mahindra XUV 500 has been one of the most popular SUVs in the segment. Mahindra will launch a facelifted version later this month with many substantial updates. The SUV will get a new larger grille, new headlamps and new bumper. Mahindra XUV 500 will also get new alloys wheels.

The top end version of the SUV will get a more powerful engine. The 2.2-litre mHawk engine will be tuned to produce a maximum power of 155 Bhp and 360 Nm. The lower variants will get the same 140 Bhp – 330 Nm of maximum torque. The XUV 500 also gets a top-end variant that comes with leather upholstery.

Maruti Vitara Brezza

The Brezza is the highest selling sub 4-metre compact SUV in India. Maruti has a long waiting period on the vehicle. The Brezza was launched only in diesel variants initially and Maruti had said that they are willing to launch a petrol-powered Brezza in the future.

The car will be powered by the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder Boosterjet engine that powers the Baleno RS in the current lineup. It is expected to produce around 110 Bhp. It will be the second SUV in the segment that will be powered by a turbocharged petrol engine after the Nexon petrol. Ford has discontinued their 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoSport petrol with the new model.

Mahindra S201

SsangYong Tivoli, a compact SUV from Mahindra’s subsidiary, was supposed to be launched in the Indian market. Due to the low popularity of the brand, Mahindra scrapped the plan. Now Mahindra is working on a new SUV, based on the Tivoli. Internally codenamed as S201, the new vehicle will take on the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.

Mahindra is developing the vehicle in-house, but it will get the same platform as the Tivoli. Mahindra has said that it will not be a rebadge job and the S201 will look quite different from the Tivoli. The S201 will be powered by a newly developed 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that will make 140 Bhp. The diesel engine will be a 1.5-litre Twin-Scroll turbocharged engine with 125 Bhp on tap.

Hyundai Creta

The facelifted Creta has also been spotted testing on Indian roads. However, this facelift will come in during the second half of the year. India’s best selling compact SUV will get a style makeover on the outside and new features on the inside.

It could also see a mild upward revision of prices for certain variants. Mechanically, it’s likely to be unchanged, with petrol and turbo diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, being carried over from the outgoing model.

Renault Duster

Renault Duster, which is sold as the Dacia Duster in many foreign markets, has been updated globally. The new version of the Renault Duster is available in many international markets but the Indian launch has been delayed due to the arrival of the Captur. Renault is now planning to launch the Duster later this year.

The new Duster gets a new grille and a raked windscreen that adds a fresh look to it. The interiors have also been thoroughly updated to give a modern look. Renault may continue to use the current engine options with the upcoming Duster.

Renault Captur automatic

Renault launched the premium SUV, the Captur in India, but there is no automatic variant of the vehicle. Renault has ruled out an AMT option for the Captur because it may not align with the premium features of the vehicle but a CVT is expected in the near future.

The car gets the same 1.5-liter diesel and 1.5-liter petrol engine that is used in the Duster. The automatic CVT is expected to be launched with the petrol variant of the car. We may also get to see a dual-clutch transmission with the diesel version of the Captur.

Honda CR-V

Honda will bring in the all-new fifth generation CR-V in India next year. The all-new CR-V is already available in the international markets, and Honda will launch the new version in the segment dominated by the Toyota Fortuner. The new CR-V looks much sleeker than the current version and gets a thick slat grille, similar to the current generation of Honda vehicles.

The CR-V that will come to India will be ASEAN-spec, which means it will get an extra row of front facing seats taking the total number of seats to seven. Honda will also launch the diesel version of the CR-V with a 1.6-liter diesel engine that will be made in India. The engine produces a maximum power of 158 Bhp and peak torque of 350 Nm. The car is expected in the second half of 2018.

Skoda Karoq

After the launch of the Kodiaq in India, Skoda is now looking to enter the sub 20 lakh SUV segment. Skoda plans to launch the Karoq in India, and the Czech manufacturer has already imported two units of the Karoq to India. The Karoq that is based on the MQB platform will get a lot of premium features like a 9.2-inch infotainment system with gesture control.

The Karoq will also get a digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, LED ambient lighting, WiFi hotspot enabled infotainment and more. The Karoq is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine. The petrol engine is expected to be a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit, but that has not been confirmed yet. The car will be launched in India by mid-2018.

Mahindra KUV 100 AMT

Mahindra launched the facelift version of the KUV in India recently. During the launch, they announced that they would soon launch the AMT version of the KUV 100 with both petrol and diesel engine options. The KUV 100 is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that develops 84Bhp – 114 Nm and 1.2-litre diesel that produces 77 Bhp – 190Nm.

Tata Nexon AMT

Tata showcased the Nexon AMT at the 2018 Auto Expo and as per latest reports, the bookings have already opened for the vehicle, unofficially, at a payment of Rs. 11,000. However, Tata delayed the launch of the automatic version and it will now be launched in May. Both the petrol and diesel engine versions will get the AMT automatic 6-speed transmission but the engines will remain untouched.

The Nexon, which is already gaining popularity in the market is expected to bring in higher numbers with the introduction of the AMT. Interestingly, the Vitara Brezza, which is the highest selling model in India does not get an option of automatic transmission.