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. Tata Buzzard
Tata Buzzard (Harrier 7-seater version) 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 early next year. The SUV had its world premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In India, the Buzzard will have a different official name and positioned against cars like Mahindra XUV500 and the Honda CR-V. Compared to the Harrier 5-seater, the Tata Buzzard 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. Dimensionally, it will be 63mm longer, 72mm wider and 80mm taller than the Harrier. The 7-seater SUV will share its powertrain with the Harrier – 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.
Expected Launch – Early 2020
2. Maxus D90
MG Motor India recently kick started its Indian operations with the Hector SUV. If media reports are to be believed, the British carmaker might also bring in the Maxus D90 7-seater SUV in the country. Here, it will take head-to-head against the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq and Mahindra Alturas. The Maxus D90 will be the biggest vehicle in its segment, measuring 5005mm in length, 1932mm in width and 1875mm in height. Its wheelbase stands at 2950mm.
In China, the SUV is offered with a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine pushing out a peak power of 224bhp and 360Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are on offer. In India, it could be introduced with a diesel powertrain. In terms of features, the Maxus D90 offers a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone support, three zone climate control, an 8-inch digital instrument console, a 360-degree camera, multiple airbags, lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, automatic parking function and more. However, there is no clarity whether the India-spec model will offer aforementioned features or not.
Expected Launch – 2020 Festive Season
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.
Major changes will also be made under the hood. The 2020 Mahindra XUV500 is likely to feature new turbocharged petrol and diesel powertrains that will be co-developed by Mahindra and SsangYong. The diesel version might get a new, BS6-ready 2.0L turbocharged motor generating power close to 180bhp. The petrol model could be offered either with a new 15L engine or a 2.0L turbocharged unit. The all-new XUV500 could make its global debut at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo in February.
Expected Launch – 2020
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 2.0L Multijet II turbocharged diesel engine that also does duty in the Compass. Its power and torque outputs stand at 173PS and 350Nm respectively. For performing transmission duties, the SUV might get a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The carmaker might also offer a 163PS, 1.4L MultiAir petrol engine with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Expected Launch – 2020-21
5. 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 based on the Navara pickup sporting robust body-built. In India, it will gun up straight against the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. This premium 7-seater SUV is already on sale in select ASEAN markets. Visually, the Nissan Terra SUV looks quite muscular and robust. The global-spec model comes loaded with several advanced comfort, connectivity and safety features.
Some of its highlights include LED headlamps, LED DRLs, prominent wheel arches, large V-Motion grille, dual zone climate automatic control system, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, leather seats, Apple CarPlay support and more. The Terra had scored five stars safety rating in the ASEAN NCAP crash test. Under the hood, the Terra houses a new YD25 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that’s good enough for 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.
Expected Launch – 2020-21