Here is a list of upcoming sub-four meter SUVs in India slated to roll out in 2018 and 2019.
In a bid to cater to the mass customers, car giants came up with the compact SUVs that have become a rage now.
The changing dynamics in the Indian automobile fraternity is leading it towards a market driven primarily by SUVs. Priced higher than the mainstream models, the full-size SUVs were somehow unreasonable for the price sensitive Indian customers. In a bid to cater to the mass customers, car giants came up with the compact SUVs that have become a rage now. With models like Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and several others, the segment has gained traction and more new models are being introduced. For all the SUV enthusiasts planning to buy a budget SUV, we bring you a complete list of the upcoming compact SUVs in India in 2018 and 2019.
After launching the long-awaited Nexon compact SUV, Tata Motors is now planning to introduce the AMT version of the subcompact SUV segment. The current model is available in manual version only, while the AMT version will come in early 2018. Built from ground up, the model gets new design and styling elements such as sloping roofline and ceramic bits on the outside. The interior is spacious and upmarket, besides Tata has packed a host of tech including several first in segment features that give it edge over competitors. While Tata is offering AMT gearbox in petrol versions of Tigor and Tiago, the Nexon will get AMT unit in both petrol and diesel guise. This sub-4 meter SUV is available with two engine options – 108bhp, 1.2-litre petrol and 108bhp, 1.5-litre diesel. Both engines will be paired to a new six-speed AMT gearbox. Like the manual version, the AMT version of the Nexon will also get multi-drive mode.
Expected Price – Rs 8 lakh – Rs 10 lakh
Expected Launch – Q1, 2018
Datsun Go Cross is among the several other upcoming compact SUVs coming to India next year. The concept version was first seen at the last year’s Auto Expo where it received positive response from the experts and enthusiasts. It is believed that Datsun could bring the production version to next year’s Auto Expo. In aesthetic terms, the SUV looks bold and sharp. The concept version displayed last year was seen with key elements such as Datsun’s signature hexagonal front grille with chrome bezel. In addition, it also gets LED fog lamps, LED headlamps, chrome bezel on front grille, chromed bumper with plastic extension, alloy wheels with chrome finish and contrast roof.
Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
Expected Launch – Q2, 2018
Despite being a late entrant in the subcompact SUV segment, Maruti Vitara Brezza has emerged a strong player with robust monthly sales to its credit. That said, the model garnered over 2 lakh bookings till January 2017 which speaks volumes about its popularity in the segment. With the petrol engine likely to be added soon to the carline, the demand is expected to rise further. While Maruti has not announced an official launch date, the model is expected to launch during festive season this year. Under the hood, it could get a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine that powers Baleno RS. Reports suggest, Maruti could also use the 1.2-litre K-Series engine with 89bhp of power for petrol Brezza. An AMT unit is also likely to be added along with the standard five-speed manual transmission.
Expected Price – Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
Expected Launch – 2018
Hyundai displayed HND14 or Carlino concept at the 2016 Auto Expo alongside other upcoming models where it grabbed eyeballs. Seeing constant rise in demand for sub four-meter SUVs, Hyundai is developing its first subcompact SUV which is likely to hit production sometime in 2019. Likely to underpin the Elite i20 platform, the model could source power from the 1.2L Kappa unit with 118bhp power along with 1.4-litre U2 CRDi oil burner. Transmission options on the carline are likely to include either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Reports in media suggest, Hyundai could also use the Grandi10 platform for Carlino to curb pricing, however there is yet no clarity on the details yet.
Expected Price – Rs 8 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
Expected Launch – Sometime in 2019
Mahindra & Mahindra has hands full of new products for the Indian market. One of them is the Mahindra S201 (codename) compact SUV that will be pitted against the Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and others in the segment. This new Mahindra SUV could also be among the upcoming compact SUVs in India that will make their way to the 2018 Auto Expo. Built on SsangYong Motor’s X100 platform, the S201 might borrow some of its styling bits with the Mahindra XUV500. While the technical details are yet to be revealed, it is reported to come with two powertrain options – a 1.5-litre TGDI petrol and a 1.5-litre mHawk 100. The latter one also does duty in the NuvoSport and TUV300. The SUV carline could be offered with three transmission options – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an AMT.
Expected Price – Rs 9 lakh to Rs 13 lakh
Expected Launch – Late 2018