Seeing the growing demand for crossovers and SUVs in India, renowned automakers are planning to launch a range of new and affordable small SUVs. These small SUVs will be a viable alternative to hatchbacks currently on sale in India. What’s more interesting is that upcoming car brand Peugeot is also exploring this segment to start new innings in the highly competitive market.
Maruti Suzuki had showcased the Concept Future S at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. This concept previews the brand’s future mini SUV, which is most likely to be launched in the second half of 2019. It is expected that the new mini SUV will also mark the re-introduction of popular “ZEN” nameplate in India. Codenamed Maruti Suzuki Y1K, the small SUV will use the Suzuki’s new-generation platform that also underpins the Ignis. It will be powered by a 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine that produces 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. Both manual and AMT versions will be on offer.
Not just Maruti, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Nissan’s low-cost brand Datsun are also planning to launch sub-6 lakh mini SUVs in India. Media report claims that the Tata has advanced the launch of the mini SUV – Tata Hornbill – by a year. It is expected to be launched in 2021.
Korean brand, Hyundai will enter into the sub-4 meter SUV segment with Carlino in early 2019. The brand is also considering a mini SUV for the Indian market in 2021-2022. Datsun is also working on a sub-4 meter crossover for India, which is likely to be launched in the near future.
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These SUVs or crossovers are expected to feature compact petrol engines that also power the existing small cars. Adding to it, AMT (automated manual transmission) – a cheaper alternative to automatic gearbox – will also be offered in these small tall-boy cars. The new breed of cars will have a tall stance, high seating position and SUV-ish profile, but are like soft-roaders.