These 2 SUVs will challenge the dominance of Toyota Fortuner in the 7-seater premium SUV category
Toyota Fortuner has been the best seller when it comes to 7-seater premium SUVs. The new generation model, which was launched in late 2016, will receive a mid-life facelift in late 2019 or early 2020. This segment has witnessed a couple of new launches in the form of Skoda Kodiaq and Isuzu MU-X. However, the major challenge for the Fortuner will come from these 2 upcoming 7-seater SUVs –
India’s leading UV maker, Mahindra will soon enter into the 7-seater premium SUV category. The company will launch the global SsangYong Rexton based SUV – codenamed Y400 – on November 19, 2018. Likely to be called the Mahindra Inferno, the 7-seater SUV is most likely to undercut the prices of Fortuner by up to Rs 4 lakh. The SUV will receive Mahindra-like front face, but the interior and overall design will remain similar to the global Rexton. Aggressive pricing and premium interiors could bring more buyers to Mahindra dealerships. It will be powered by a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that is capable of producing 187bhp of power and 420Nm of torque. It will be come with a 7-speed automatic gearbox, supported by a part-time 4WD drivetrain system.
Launch – November 19, 2018
Nissan has officially that it will introduce the global SUV range, which includes the recently introduced Terra 7-seater SUV. This SUV is based on the third-generation Navara’s body-on-frame chassis. In terms of proportions, the Nissan Terra is 4.9 meters in length, 1.9 meters in width, 1.8 meters in height and has a wheelbase of 2.9 meters. The SUV comes with a ground clearance of 225mm. The SUV is bigger and spacious than its direct rivals, which should give it a competitive edge. Under the bonnet is the new 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine that churns out 188bhp of power and 450Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic unit. The top-end model also gets a part-time 4WD system with locking rear differential.
Launch – 2019