In the past couple of years, the Indian carmarker has witnessed a significant rise in demand for sub-4 metre compact SUVs. India's largest carmaker, Maruti entered into this segment in 2016 with Vitara Brezza. This small SUV currently commands a waiting period of over 4-5 months. People looking for sub-4 metre sedans and hatchbacks are now ready to shed some extra to drive home an SUV. In order to capitalize on the growing popularity of sub-4 metre Small SUVs, car makers are readying their small compact SUVs for the Indian market. Here is the list of upcoming small SUVs in India under Rs 10 lakh in the next 2 years -
New Ford EcoSport - Ford, the American automaker will introduce the updated Ford EcoSport compact SUV in the country in 2017. The compact SUV will get comprehensive upgrades to both exterior and interior. The design of the EcoSport facelift will be in-line with the Ford's new generation models including Kuga and Mustang 2018. Adding to it, the compact SUV will be equipped with SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mechanics of the car will remain unchanged and it will continue to feature the same engine setup. While the petrol engines include a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT and a 1.0-litre EcoBoost, the oil burner is a 1.5-litre TDCi unit. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. (Upcoming Small SUVs Under Rs 10 Lakh)
Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol - In recent past, there is a sudden shift in demand from diesel to petrol cars in India. Seeing the growing demand for petrol cars, Maruti Suzuki is planning to introduce the petrol avatar of the compact SUV in India. Likely to be launched during festive season 2017, the Brezza is likely to be powered by a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine that also powers the Baleno RS. This engine is capable of producing 110bhp of power and 170Nm of torque. An AMT version of the SUV will also be launched. The petrol version is expected to be priced around Rs 8 lakh.
Tata Nexon - This is undoubtedly one of the most awaited upcoming small SUVs in the Indian market. First unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo as concept, the production model made its debut at 2016 Auto Expo. Based on modified X1 platform, the Nexon will be offered with two engines - 1.5-litre turbodiesel & 1.2-litre Revotron petrol. Transmission options will include - 6-speed manual and an AMT. The SUV is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh. It will rival against the likes of Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Mahindra TUV300.
Honda WRV 1.5L Petrol - Buoyed by positive response for the WRV compact SUV, Honda is planning to add more powerful engine to this SUV. It is expected to get a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that also powers the City sedan. This engine is capable of producing 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. POwer will be transmitted to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. It is likely to cost around Rs 8 lakh, and could go on sale by festive season, 2017.
Datsun Go Cross - Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 as concept, the new Datsun Go Cross Compact SUV will be launched in India in 2017-2018. Based on the GO hatch platform, the new compact SUV will be offered in two seating layouts - 5 & 7 seats. It will come with two engines - 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The SUV will be the most affordable in its league, and is likely to be priced around Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.
Hyundai Carlino - Hyundai will launch its smallest SUV - the Carlino - in India in the first half of 2019. Like the Nexon, this is also one of the most awaited upcoming Small SUVs in India. Unveiled as concept at Auto Expo 2016, the small SUV will rival against Maruti Vitara Brezza & Ford EcoSport. The production-spec model will be unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. To be offered with two engines - 1.0L turbocharged petrol & 1.4L diesel - the new Carlino compact SUV is expected to cost around Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
Renault Compact SUV - The French automaker is also working on a sub-4 metre SUV for the Indian market. The new SUV will be developed on the modified Renault Kwid platform, which is basically the shorter version of CMF architecture. This compact SUV is likely to be launched in 2018-19. It is expected to come in petrol version only, which could be a 1.0-litre SCe unit. This engine is capable of producing 67bhp of power and 91Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual and an AMT unit. The small SUV is expected to be priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh. Upcoming Small SUvs
Toyota Rush - The Japanese automaker is also considering entering into this fast growing sub-4 metre SUV segment. The company could launch the Toyota Rush compact SUV in India, which is already on sale in several global markets including Malaysia and Indonesia. This sub-compact SUV will take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. The petrol version is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence technology. The oil burner could be a 1.4-litre D-4D unit that is good for 87bhp and 205Nm of torque. It is likely to be launched in 2018, and could be priced between Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh.