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Upcoming 7 Seater Family Cars In India In 2018, 2019

Upcoming 7 Seater Family Cars India (1)

The seven-seat utility vehicles/cars are known for their spacious cabins that are enough to accommodate an average Indian family and their extended family. While such vehicles were around much before the augment of SUV space in India, the contemporary models have intensified the competition. It is no more about the space inside the cabin, but styling, comfort and convenience have further contributed to the popularity of large seven-seat family vehicles. In 2017, we had witnessed the introduction of several new cars including big 7-seater SUVs like Skoda Kodiaq, Mahindra Scorpio facelift, Tata Hexa, etc. For those planning to buy a new car, here’s a complete list of the upcoming 7 seater cars in India in the next two years.

1. Mahindra Rexton/ XUV700

Homegrown utility vehicle maker, Mahindra had showcased the new SsangYong Rexton based SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Likely to be called the Mahindra XUV700, the SUV will be brand’s most expensive and flagship model in India. It will rival the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Mahindra will import the Rexton via a CKD route and then assembled in India. This will help Mahindra to achieve aggressive pricing for the SUV. It is expected that the new model will be around 4 to 5 lakh cheaper than the direct competitors.

The Mahindra Rexton or XUV700 will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 179bhp and a peak torque of 420Nm. The SUV will also get a Mercedes-Benz sourced 7-speed automatic gearbox along with all-wheel-drive layout. It also has a ground clearance of 215mm. Read More

Expected Launch – 2018
Estimated Price Range – Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh
Engine Options – 2.2-litre Turbo Diesel

2. Mahindra TUV300 Plus

The TUV300 Plus will essentially be a long wheelbase version of TUV300 sub-4 meter SUV. That said, LWB model will boast of larger proportions and borrow design cues from its smaller sibling. Numerically, the SUV will measure longer and will come with larger third row glass area. On the inside, it will come with forward facing third row seats. Under the hood, the SUV will get a 1.99-litre mHawk unit that makes 120bhp with 320Nm torque. Transmission options on the TUV300 Plus are likely to include a 5-speed manual and an AMT unit. To be inspired from the ‘Battle Tank’ design, this upcoming seven-seat car in India will carry forward similar styling cues on the inside as in TUV300. Read More

Expected Launch – 2018
Estimated Price Range – Rs 8 lakh – Rs 12 lakh
Engine Options –  1.99L mHawk

3. Datsun Cross

Nissan’s low-cost brand, Datsun will launch the Cross compact SUV in the Indian market before the end of this fiscal year. This sub-4 meter SUV will offer 7-seat option, similar to the GO+ MPV. It will challenge the likes of Tata Nexon, Honda WRV and Maruti Vitara Brezza. The new model is based on the GO+ MPV, but it comes with significant changes inside and outside. The model gets aggressive styling elements like body cladding, integrated roof spoiler, new front and higher ground clearance to offer a sporty look.

Inside the cabin, the 7-seater crossover gets a touchscreen infotainment system, new air-conditioning, dual front airbags and new dashboard. The SUV also gets ABS, stability control, rear parking sensors and seatbelts for all three rows as standard. It is powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine producing 67.06bhp of power and 104Nm of torque. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a CVT automatic.

Expected Launch – 2018
Estimated Price Range – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh
Engine Options – 1.2-litre petrol

4. New Maruti Ertiga

Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest carmaker will launch the next generation Ertiga MPV in the second half of this year. The vehicle has already been unveiled at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show. It was speculated to make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo; that didn’t happen. The new model is developed on Suzuki’s new generation platform that also underpins the Dzire and Baleno. It is expected that the new model will also get a crossover derivative. The new model will be equipped with a new 1.5-litre VVT petrol engine that is good for 105bhp and 138Nm of torque. On the flip side, the diesel version could get a newly-developed 1.5-litre engine. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and an AMT unit. Know More

Expected Launch – Mid 2018
Estimated Price Range – Rs 7.5 lakh – Rs 12 lakh
Engine Options – 1.5L Petrol & 1.5L Diesel

5. 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 7 Seater family cars in india

After Mitsubishi became a part of the Renault-Nissan alliance, the company is contemplating launching new products in India. While it might bring in some new models in future, the company is currently planning to re-launch ousted Outlander in India. While it is still sold in overseas markets, the SUV will come in a new avatar here, sporting new elements such as Mitsubishi’s Dynamoc Shield grille and LED infused projector headlamps etc. On the inside, it will feature seven-seat layout and will get a lower ground clearance compared to Pajero. While under the skin, this upcoming 7-seater car in India will get a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine good for 167bhp and 225Nm of torque. Transmission choices on the other hand will include a six-step CVT unit supported by Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) AWD system with active front differential and multiple driving modes.

Expected Launch – 2018
Estimated Price Range – Around Rs 28 lakh
Engine Options – 2.8L Duramaz Diesel

6. New-Generation Honda CR-V

upcoming honda crv 7 seater family cars in india

Honda’s premium SUV, CR-V will soon step into its fifth generation. While it receives cosmetic and mechanical changes, the SUV also sports seven-seat configuration on the inside. Besides, it will also come with a new diesel unit which makes it one of the eagerly awaited upcoming 7-seater cars in India. Upon its launch, it will fight with credible rivals including Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Hyundai Santa Fe in the segment. Engine line-up in the carline will include a 2.4-litre i-VTEC unit with 153.86bhp and 190Nm torque and the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine good for 157.8bhp and 350Nm. If reports are to be believed, the India-spec model could get the 118bhp, 1.6L Diesel engine.  Power will be transmitted through either a CVT or a 9-speed auto box and there will be an optional AWD system on select trims.

Expected Launch – 2018
Estimated Price Range – Rs 25 lakh – Rs 30 lakh
Engine Options – 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel

7. Maruti WagonR MPV

Suzuki WagonR MPV 7 seater family car in india

To benefit from the undying popularity of its tallboy WagonR hatchback, the company is now working on a 7-seater MPV based on the former. Currently, Maruti only offers Ertiga MPV that is roping in decent numbers for the carmaker, however with the WagonR MPV expected to join the line-up sometime in 2018, the carmaker can expect surge in sales from this segment. Styling bits on the MPV will be borrowed from its donor hatchback, while under the hood it is likely to either come with a 1.2-litre K-Series or a 1.0-litre K10 petrol engine. Transmission choices are likely to include a five-speed manual and an AMT unit.

Expected launch – 2018
Estimated Price Range – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh
Engine Options – 1.0L K-Series or 1.2L K-Series Petrol

8. Toyota Alphard MPV

New Toyota Alphard Hybrid India

Toyota had launched the new generation Innova Crysta and Fortuner in India in 2016 and is now preparing to bring a new luxury MPV likely to be named Alphard. One must note that the MPV is already available in international markets including Thailand, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia. In fact, the MPV was showcased at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The premium MPV will come with panoramic sunroof, automated sliding centre door and leather upholstery. While power is expected to be sourced from the 2.5-litre, petrol hybrid engine with maximum power of 157bhp and 213Nm of torque. The petrol hybrid engine is likely to be linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Expected Launch – 2019
Estimated Price Range – Around Rs 50 lakh
Engine Options – 2.5L Petrol Hybrid

9. New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2018 Front

Another model from the stables of Mitsubishi that is likely to be launched in 2018 is the copiously updated Pajero Sport. The SUV will continue using the ladder-frame chassis, though it will receive radical changes on the outside for a sportier look. Styling bits will include Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ grille in front, high-set bonnet etc for a bulky look. The seven-seater car will not only be spacious on the inside, but it will pack a large touchscreen with other connectivity options. Engine option on the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will include a 2.4-litre MIVEC, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that makes 181bhp and 430Nm. The engine will come mated to an eight-speed auto box and Mitsubishi’s updated version of Super Select four-wheel drive system.

Expected Launch- 2018-19
Expected Price range- Rs 27 lakh to Rs 32 lakh
Engine Options-2.4-litre MIVEC diesel engine

10. Tata H7X

Tata Motors had showcased the H5X 5-seater premium SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Interestingly, the company is also working on a seven-seat version of this SUV which has already been spotted testing on Indian roads. The new model will be based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport platform and will also borrow structural components from the Discovery model. Power on the SUV is expected to come from the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine with maximum power of 170bhp. The Fiat sourced engine will come with a choice between a manual and an auto box. Besides, it will come with both two-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive options. In addition, there could be a Terrain Response program from Land Rover.

Expected Launch-Sometime in 2019

Expected Price range-Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh

Engine Options-2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel

11. Mahindra U321

The homegrown UV maker is aiming to challenge the Toyota Innova Crysta with its upcoming 7-seater premium MPV. Codenamed U321, the new model will come as a replacement for the Xylo. The new MPV has already been spotted several times during its test rounds on Indian roads. It is developed by Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre and is based on monocoque chassis. Under the hood, the SUV will be equipped with a newly developed 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine and a newly developed 1.5-litre petrol engine.

Expected Launch – 2018
Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh

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