First launched in 2011, the Mahindra XUV500 is one of the best-selling premium 7-seater SUVs of India. Despite being close to decade older, the XUV500 still carry a huge fan following in India. The company has started working on the next-gen XUV500, which is scheduled to be launched in early 2021. Here we listed 3 upcoming new 7-seater SUVs that will challenge the new-gen Mahindra XUV500 –
Tata Motors had showcased the 7-seater version of the Harrier SUV, called the Gravitas at the 2020 Auto Expo. Scheduled to be launched before Diwali, the upcoming Tata Gravitas will directly rival the Mahindra XUV500. It is based on the OMEGA ARC platform, which is sourced from Land Rover’s D8 architecture. This model is 63mm longer, 72mm wider and 80mm taller than the 5-seater Harrier, and has a ground clearance of 200mm. The SUV will be powered by a BSVI compliant 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is capable of producing 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.
MG Hector Plus
Buoyed by excellent response for Hector, the British automaker MG Motors is now ready a wide range of products for the Indian market. The company will launch the 7-seater version of the Hector SUV, called the MG Hector Plus before the end this year. The company will utilise the large boot space of the 5-seater SUV to create extra row of seats. The third row seat of the MG Hector Plus is flexible, and can be folded down completely to increase the boot space of the SUV. The MG Hector Plus shares the engine specs with the regular 5-seater model. Engine line-up will include 1.5L petrol with 48V mild-hybrid setup, 1.5L turbo petrol and 2.0L diesel motor. While the petrol unit is good for 143bhp and 250Nm of torque, the oil burner produces 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a DTC automatic unit.
Hyundai Creta 7-Seater
Korean automaker, Hyundai has recently launched the second generation Creta SUV in India. The company is also working on the long-wheelbase version of the Creta, which has been spotted testing in Korea. The 7-seater model is scheduled to be launched in early 2021. The length of the SUV will be raised by 30mm, while the wheelbase will be extended by 20mm. The raised dimensions will help the automaker to accommodate an extra row of space. The SUV will retain the exisitng engine lineup – a 113bhp, 1.5L petrol, a 113bhp, 1.5L turbo diesel and a 138bhp, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol.