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Suzuki Vitara to Tata Cassini – 5 Upcoming 7-Seater SUVs In India

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Here, we bring you a list of top 5 upcoming 7-seater SUVs for big Indian families

The seven-seater SUVs are gaining huge response from car buyers in India. The major reasons behind their popularity among Indian families are their practicality, power and looks. There are many upcoming 7-seater SUVs that will hit the Indian roads in a couple of years. Here, we bring you the top 5 upcoming affordable 7-seater SUVs for big Indian families –

1. Tata Cassini

Tata Motors introduced the Harrier 5-seater SUV in January, 2019. Favoured for its modern styling, feature-laden interior and efficient powertrain, the Tata Harrier has been doing well for the carmaker. The SUV is built on the OMEGA platform that’s sourced from Land Rover’s D8 architecture. The carmaker showcased the 7-seater Harrier – Tata Buzzard – at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

In India, the SUV will be launched with a different nameplate. Reports suggest that it could be christened ‘Tata Cassini’. It will be priced slightly premium over the 5-seater Harrier and rival the Mahindra XUV500. The Cassini will be packed with the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that powers the Harrier. Though, it will be tuned for producing higher power and torque. The 7-seater version will deliver power worth 173bhp against 350Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic versions will be on offer.

Expected Launch – End of 2019

2. MG Hector 7-Seater

MG Hector front grille

Morris Garages (MG) has started its Indian innings with the Hector 5-seater SUV. The SUV comes at a starting price of Rs 12.88 lakh, and it’s positioned against the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. The British carmaker has confirmed that the 7-seater version of the Hector will also make its way to India. While the official launch details are yet to be revealed, it’s reported to go on sale in January, 2020. The Hector 7-seater will have an additional third row of seats. The overall design and set of features, however, will be exactly similar to the 5-seater model. Once launched, the MG Hector 7-seater will take on the Tata Cassini (Harrier 7-seater version) and Mahindra XUV500.

Expected Launch – January 2020

3. Maruti Vitara 7-Seater

Buoyed by excellent response for Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki is now planning to launch a 7-seater SUV in India. If media reports are to be believed, the 7-seater Maruti SUV could debut at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. The carmaker might introduce the 7-seater version with the generation change of Vitara Brezza. The 7-seater model will use the existing C-platform that underpins the global Vitara SUV and the India-spec Vitara Brezza. However, this platform will be modified to accommodate bigger engine and to create more space inside the cabin.

Few reports claim that Maruti Suzuki will source the 2.0-litre MJD diesel engine from FCA. This engine currently powers the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier, and it will also be offered with the upcoming MG SUV. The 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine can be tuned to offer different power outputs.

Expected Launch – 2020

4. Mahindra XUV400

Mahindra & Mahindra launched its all-new subcompact SUV – XUV300 – early this year. The home-grown carmaker is also working on its 7-seater version that be based on the stretched-out version of the SsangYong’s X100 platform. Here, it will lock horns against the upcoming new-generation Hyundai Creta (7-seater), Tata Buzzard and MG Hector (7-seater). For power, the Mahindra XUV400 is likely use the Marazzo’s 1.5L turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol version might come with a new 1.2L turbocharged unit or an all-new motor. The SUV might have its public debut at the Delhi Auto Expo in February, 2020.

Expected Launch – 2020

5. Hyundai Creta 7-Seater

It is no secret that Hyundai is working on the next-generation Creta SUV that’s slated to launch sometime in 2021. What’s interesting here is that the 2020 Hyundai Creta will be offered in 5- and 7-seat configurations. Under the hood, the SUV’s new model is likely to feature BS6-compliant, newly-developed turbocharged 1.5L petrol and diesel engines. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual along with an optional 6-speed torque convertor and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Creta 7-seater will face challenge from upcoming cars likes Tata Buzzard, Mahindra XUV500 and Maruti Vitara 7-seater.

Expected Launch – 2021

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