In order to boost sales, automakers are introducing affordable utility vehicles in the compact and mid-sized segments. While SUVs are hugely popular among Indian buyers, lifestyle products including compact and mid-sized MPVs have become popular among family car buyers. In this article, we talk about the upcoming new compact and mid-sized MPVs (Multi-Purpose Vehicles) in the Indian market.
Hyundai 7-seater MPV
Buoyed by excellent response for new-gen Creta, Hyundai Motor Company is now planning to enter into the MPV segment of India. The company is readying an all-new mid-sized C-MPV, which will be based on the new Creta platform. In fact, the MPV has been spotted testing in Korea. The new model is rumoured to be launched in India in 2021. It is likely to come in 2 engine options – a 113bhp, 1.5L NA petrol and a 113bhp, 1.5L turbocharged diesel.
Kia Compact MPV
If media reports are to be believed, Kia Motors is also eyeing the compact MPV segment. The company is rumoured to be working on an all-new MPV, which will challenge the Maruti Ertiga and the Mahindra Marazzo. It will be based on the Kia Seltos platform and is expected to arrive in 2021-22. The MPV will share the engine options with the Seltos SUV.
Tata MPV (ALFA Platform)
Tata Motors is readying a wide range of cars including SUVs, MPVs and sedans for the Indian market. The company is also working on an all-new compact MPV, which is reportedly to be based on the ALFA modular platform. The new model will directly rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Mahindra Marazzo. It is rumoured to be launched in 2022. The SUV design will be based on Tata’s new-generation IMPACT 2.0 DESIGN Language. If reports are to be believed, the new Tata MPV might be offered with a 1.5L turbo diesel and a 1.5L turbo petrol engine option. While the former will deliver power close to 108bhp with 260Nm, the latter will be good for 120bhp.
Maruti Suzuki-Toyota C-MPV
Suzuki and Toyota joint venture is readying 2 mid-sized utility vehicles including a mid-sized SUV to rival Hyundai Creta and an all-new mid-sized C-MPV. The C-MPV is rumoured to be introduced in 2022 and will rival the Mahindra Marazzo. It will be positioned right between the Ertiga and the Innova Crysta. The carmaker’s all-new C-segment MPV will be designed on Toyota’s B560 platform. The MPV will have sliding doors and will target family car buyers. It is likely to come with 1.5L K15B SHVS petrol and 1.5L diesel engine options. The company is also readying an all-new 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine.