Mahindra and Honda will launch Tivoli based SUV and HR-V in India in 2019 respectively.
Hyundai Creta is currently dominating the 5-seater premium SUV category. However, things could change as popular brands are coming up with their compact SUVs in this segment. Tata will launch the Harrier 5-seater in January 2019, while Kia will enter into this segment with the SP based SUV that is likely to be called Tusker. What’s more interesting is that Honda and Mahindra will also launch their respective SUVs in this growing segment in 2019.
Honda has changed its strategy to improve its market share. From affordability, Honda is now aiming at premium segment to strengthen its market position. The brand will launch the new Civic facelift in early 2019, which will be followed by a 5-seater compact SUV in the end of 2019. These 2 cars will be the part of Honda’s plan of launching 5 new cars in India in the next 2-3 years. The HR-V SUV, also known as VEZEL in Japan, will be offered in petrol and diesel guise.
The gasoline version will be powered by a tried & tested 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, which is tuned to offer 128bhp of power and 155Nm of torque. On the flip side, the diesel version will get the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine that also powers the new CR-V. For transmission duties, this SUV will come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and a CVT unit with petrol.
Talking about Mahindra, the homegrown automaker will soon launch a sub-4 meter SUV based on SsangYong’s X100 platform. What’s more interesting is that Mahindra is also working on a bigger SUV to take on Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur. This SUV will sit on a longer wheelbase and could be offered in two seating layouts – 5 and 7. The SUV will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine and a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Instead of 1.2-litre unit, the company could opt for a bigger 1.5-litre engine.