Here’s a list of top 5 big SUVs coming to India in a couple of years.
With India’s economic growth, the purchasing power of buyers has shoot-up in the last few years. The availability of loans and easy finance schemes further simplify the car purchasing process. Therefore, most of the buyers go for premium vehicles especially the big 7-seater SUVs. Cars like Toyota Fortuner, Innova Crysta, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra XUV500 are already enjoying a great chunk of sales in the market. Here’s a range of new big SUVs that hit our shores in coming years and we have listed top 5 of them for you.
1. Nissan Terra
Nissan aims to expand its Indian product portfolio with its six global SUVs including Tera, Patrol and X-Trail. The Nissan Terra, which was first previewed at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, is likely to hit Indian roads sometime next year. Here, it will be stacked up against the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. This premium 7-seater SUV is already on sale in select ASEAN markets.
Inspired by the Navara pickup, the Nissan Terra looks quite muscular and robust. The global-spec model comes loaded with several advanced comfort, connectivity and safety features. For power, the Terra makes uses of a new YD25 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine pushing out a peak power of 188bhp and 450Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic unit. The part-time 4WD system with locking rear differential is reserved for the top-spec trim.
Launch – 2019
Tata Harrier 7-Seater SUV (codenamed Tata H7X) is surely one of the big upcoming SUVs in India. While its official launch details are yet to be announced, it is reported to go on sale sometime next year. The Harrier’s bigger version will be placed against the Mahindra XUV500 and the Honda CR-V. Compared to the 5-seater model, the Tata Harrier 7-Seater will be longer, more spacious and powerful.
Most of its design features and components will be carried over from the Harrier 5-seater. Though, it is likely receive minor styling changes and new features. The SUV will share its powertrain with the Harrier 5-seater – i.e. Kryotec 2.0L, four-cylinder diesel. Though, it will be tuned for generating power worth 170bhp with 350Nm of torque instead of 140bhp and 320Nm.
Launch – January 2019
Hyundai Creta, the popular premium SUV from the South Korean carmaker, is ready to witness a generation change in coming years. Reports suggest that the new-generation Creta will be offered with two seating configurations – the regular 5-seater version and a new 7-seater model. The SUV’s new model will see comprehensive changes inside and out along with a range of new BS6-ready petrol and turbocharged diesel engines. The new powertrains will be more refined than the existing ones. In fact, the handling and driving dynamics will also be improved.
Launch – 2021
Fiat Chrysler Group is betting big on Jeep to grab some share in the growing Indian auto market. The company has announced to launch a 7-seater D-segment SUV that will be gun up straight against the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Interestingly, the Jeep Low-D SUV will share its platform with the Jeep Compass – small-wide 4X4. While details about the SUV are yet to be disclosed, it is likely to come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that also does duty from the Compass.
Launch – 2021
Mahindra & Mahindra has confirmed that it will bring in the new-generation models of its three popular SUVs including XUV500, Scorpio and Thar. All three models will be based on an all-new platform that will also be used for future Ford C-SUV developed in collaboration with Mahindra. This new architecture will be slightly modified version of the body-on-ladder frame developed by Ssangyong. The new-generation Mahindra XUV500 will meet the new safety standards. Under the hood, the SUV is likely to feature new turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that will be co-developed by Mahindra and SsangYong.
Launch – 2020