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3 Most Awaited Sub-compact SUVs in India – Launch Details

Here is a list of upcoming sub-four meter SUVs in India slated to roll out in 2017.

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The SUV craze has taken the Indian auto market by storm with an influx of models spoiling customers for choice. Last year, we witnessed launch of some of the most popular SUVs in India including Maruti Vitara Brezza in the subcompact SUV space and other vehicles in the compact & mid-size premium segment. While the SUV space has propelled into a snowball, the subcompact models are quite popular due to their affordable pricing, impressive mileage and in-cabin tech.

It was Ford’s ace model, EcoSport that set the segment on fire in 2013 which was further ignited by Maruti Vitara Brezza and Mahindra’s sub-four meter SUV range. This year we have already seen launch of Honda WR-V and more models are lined-up in the coming months. Here is a list of upcoming sub-four meter SUVs in India slated to roll out in 2017 –

1. Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon Rear

Tata has been riding high on the success of its entry level B segment hatchback Tiago, built on the IMPACT design language. Earlier this year Tata rolled out Hexa UV that takes on the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta. While Hexa is placed as a slightly premium model, Tata is gearing up to roll-out Nexon subcompact SUV during festive season this year. This would be Tata’s first stint at the sub-four meter SUV space. To be offered with petrol and diesel engines, Nexon carline will come with a 1.2-litre petrol & a 108bhp 1.5-litre oil burner. These engines will be available with six-speed units in manual and automatic versions.

Expected Price-Rs 7 lakh – Rs 10 lakh
Expected Launch- Second half of 2017

2. Datsun GO Cross

Datsun GO Cross Price

Nissan’s low cost brand Datsun is hoping to replicate Kwid’s success with its upcoming Go-Cross subcompact SUV in India. The model was put for public display last year at the 2016 Auto Expo where it received positive reviews from the on-lookers. Sporting Datsun’s quintessential hexagonal grille in front, the SUV has bold and sharp looks. The concept model also featured elements like LED fog lamps, LED headlamps, chrome bezel on front grille, chrome finished alloy wheels, contrasted roof rails and chromed bumper with black plastic extensions. In terms of pricing, it is expected to carry a lucrative price tag undercutting rivals.

Expected Price- Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Expected Launch- By the end of 2017

3. Ford EcoSport 2017

New Ford EcoSport 2017 front side

On retail for almost four years, EcoSport is India’s first official subcompact SUV. To keep it abreast with rising competition, Ford will confer new updates on the SUV this year. Aesthetic changes will include a new face inspired by Kuga and Edge with a new dual-slat grille, restyled bumper, reworked ‘blue Oval’ badge, new headlamps and skid plates. Round the back it will get new LED tail-lamps. There will be no changes in mechanical terms and we expect the 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engines to be retained from the current model.

Expected Price – Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10.50 lakh
Expected Launch – Diwali 2017


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