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 2018, we had witnessed the introduction of several new cars including big 7-seater SUVs like Mahindra Alturas G4, New Honda CR-V, New Maruti Etiga 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.
The homegrown automaker, Mahindra is planning a seven-seater model based on the Tivoli’s X100 platform that also underpins the XUV300. The 7-seater model will sit above 4 meter in length and will take on the likes of next-gen Hyundai Creta and others in its category. Rumoured to be called XUV400, the new 7-seater SUV will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that churns out 121bhp of power and 300Nm of torque. The petrol version is likely to get a 1.2-litre turbo engine that can be tuned to offer up to 135PS of power. Both manual and automatic options will be on offer. Read More
Expected Launch – 2020
Estimated Price Range – Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh
Engine Options – 1.5-litre Turbo Diesel & 1.2L petrol
2. Renault RBC
French automaker, Renault is working on a 7-seater MPV for the Indian market. The MPV has been spotted multiple times while testing on roads. Codenamed Renault RBC, the low-cost MPV will arrive as an affordable alternative to the Maruti Ertiga. It will directly challenge the Datsun GO+ MPV. The MPV will be based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A+ platform, which also underpins the Kwid. However, this platform has been modified for better structural integrity and to accommodate a larger vehicle. 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 – 2019
Estimated Price Range – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh
Engine Options – 1.2-litre petrol
4. Next-gen Hyundai Creta
The Korean automaker has started working on the next-gen Creta SUV, which will be launched in the second half of 2020. What’s interesting is that the next Creta will be available in both 5 and 7-seat layouts. The 7-seater model will be significantly longer than the 5-seater model. It will be powered by a newly developed 1.5-litre diesel engine that is likely to produce over 115bhp of power. Both manual and automatic versions are likely to be on offer. The company could also opt for a more powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine that currently powers the Tucson. Read More
Expected Launch – 2020
Estimated Price Range – Rs 13 lakh – Rs 19 lakh
Engine Options – 1.5L Petrol & 1.5L Diesel
American SUV maker, Jeep is working on 2 new SUVs – a sub-4 meter Ford EcoSport rival and a 7-seater D-segment SUV for the Indian market. The 7-seater SUV will be based on the heavily localised Jeep Compass’s platform. It will rival against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Honda CR-V and others in its category. The SUV is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine that produces 173bhp of power and 350Nm of torque.
Expected Launch – 2020-21
Estimated Price Range – Around Rs 28 lakh
Engine Options – 2.0L MJD II Diesel
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
7. New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
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
8. Tata H7X
Tata Motors is gearing up for the launch of the much-anticipated Harrier SUV that debuted as the H5X concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The Harrier is a 5-seater SUV, which will challenge the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta. Tata has confirmed that it will launch the 7-seater SUV based on the Harrier’s platform. The Harrier is based on the new OMEGA platform, which is basically sourced from Land Rover’s D8 architecture. The 7-seater model will look different from the 5-seater model. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Both front wheel and all-wheel drive versions will be on offer.
Expected Launch-Sometime in 2019
Expected Price range-Rs 18 lakh to Rs 22 lakh
Engine Options-2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel
9. Kia Carnival
Korean automaker, Kia will officially enter into India in 2019 with a new SUV based on SP concept. Besides this SUV, the company will also aiming to enter into the MPV segment. At the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, Kia had showcased the Grand Carnival MPV which is already on sale in select international markets. The Grand Carnival will be brand’s premium MPV. It is bigger than India’s best-selling MPV – Toyota Innova Crysta. This model is around 380mm longer and has 310mm longer wheelbase than the Innova, which ensures spacious cabin. The India-spec Carnival will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 200bhp of power and 441Nm of torque.
Expected Launch-Sometime in 2020
Expected Price range-Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh
Engine Options-2.2-litre diesel