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Upcoming Sub-Compact SUVs In India – Pictures & Details

Upcoming Compact SUVs in India

Here is a list of upcoming sub-four meter SUVs in India slated to roll out in the next 2 years.

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 the next 2 years.

Upcoming Compact SUVs In India

1. Datsun GO Cross

Datsun GO Cross Price

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. While the Indonesian-spec model is based on the existing GO platform, the India-spec model will use the CMF-A modular platform that also underpins the Redi-GO. However, this platform will be modified for better structural integrity.  In aesthetic terms, the SUV looks bold and sharp. The concept version displayed at the Auto Expo 2016 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 – Q4, 2018

2. Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol

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. 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 by the end of this year. Under the hood, it could get a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine that powers Baleno RS. It is also expected that the small SUV could feature the newly-developed 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that will also power the new Ertiga and Ciaz facelift. This engine is capable of producing 104bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. 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

3. Hyundai Carlino

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 reportedly to be launched in April 2019. Likely to be based on the i20 platform, the sub-4 meter SUV will also mark the debut of Hyundai’s global 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 118bhp of power. Besides this, the SUV will also get a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine.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

4. Mahindra S201

Mahindra S201 Compact SUV S201 Compact SUV

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 Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and others in the segment. Built on SsangYong Motor’s X100 platform, the S201 will borrow design elements and body panels from the global SsangYong Tivoli.  While the technical details are yet to be revealed, it is reported to come with two powertrain options – a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel. Reports suggest that the SUV will be the most powerful in its category. Adding to it, the S201 will get the segment-leading features including sunroof, 7 airbags, leather seats, etc. The SUV carline could be offered with three transmission options – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an AMT.

Expected Price – Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12 lakh

Expected Launch – Late 2018

5. Peugeot 3008

PSA (Peugeot Citroen Motors) has announced its comeback to India earlier this year. The company made a joint venture agreement with CK Birla Group under which it will sell cars and components in India by 2020. Though the company hasn’t yet revealed the product names, it is reported to bring in its global compact SUV – Peugeot 3008.  Sitting on EMP (Efficient Modular Platform), the 3008 will be lighter and more efficient than its global old model. This versatile architecture can accommodate different suspension mechanism and body styles. Similar to its global model, the one coming to India might use the BlueHDi diesel, Pure Tech and e-THP petrol powertrains. The more powerful GT variant might also make its way to India.

Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh

Expected Launch – 2020

6. Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona EVHyundai Kona is, undoubtedly, one of the most awaited upcoming compact SUVs in India.  First previewed in Milan, Italy, the Kona is the company’s first subcompact SUV for advanced markets including Europe, United Sates and South Korea. That said, the carmaker is planning to bring in the electric version of the SUV. In Hyundai’s product lineup, the Kona will fit between the Creta and Tucson. While the standard model of the SUV will come with three engine options – a 1.0-litre T-GDI, a 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol and a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, the electric version will use a 28kWh battery. The same electric motor will be used in the Ioniq electric sedan. This motor can make a top power of 120bhp, and provides a range of 280km. In India, the Kona will be brought via a CKD route. The company will initially launch the SUV in metro cities including Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Expected Price – Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh

Expected Launch – H2, 2019

7. Jeep 515

Jeep 515 (Speculative) front

The next in our list of upcoming compact SUVs in India is the all-new Jeep sub-compact SUV – codenamed 515. The company has confirmed this SUV for developing nations including India. Scheduled to be launched in 2020, the SUV will use Fiat Panda’s platform. The SUV will be produced at Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant that also produces the Compass. Engine setup of this SUV will include a 1.4-litre T Jet and a 1.5-litre MJD diesel unit, paired to a 5-speed manual or an automatic transmission.

Expected Price – Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12 lakh

Expected Launch – 2020

8. Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008 India Side Profile

The Peugeot 2008 could be the second upcoming compact SUVs from the French carmaker in India. This premium five-seater SUV will lock horns against the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500. Just so you know, the existing global model of the 2008 first broke cover at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. Styling bits such as sharp headlamps’ design, chromed grille and sculpted bonnet could be carried over from the Peugeot 208. Under the hood, the sub-compact SUV might house a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 109bhp and 205Nm of torque. There will also be a 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel motor making 120bhp with 300Nm of torque. Both the powertrains will come with a 6-speed gearbox and the front wheel drivetrain system.

Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh

Expected Launch – 2020

9. Kia Stonic

Kia Stonic Crossover Front

Kia Motors is among the new car manufacturers that will mark their entry in India next year.   For people not in the know, Kia is the part of the Hyundai Motor Group and the fifth largest carmaker in the world. Aiming to meet its prospective Indian dealers, the company organised the Kia Dealer Roadshow across four largest cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. The South Korean carmaker might introduce the Stonic, which shared floor with other upcoming compact SUVs and cars at the 2018 Auto Show. This sub-compact SUV will share its platform and engines with its smaller sibling – Rio. The petrol version of the car might use a 1.2L engine, while the diesel model will source its power from a 1.4L U2 CRDi motor. Both the powertrains have already been used in the Hyundai Elite i20.

Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh

Expected Launch – 2020

10. Renault Kwid Compact SUV

Renault Kwid compact SUV HBC renderd

Renault confirmed four new vehicles for the Indian market that include an all-new MPV, a compact sedan, Kwid-based compact SUV and Kwid electric model. The upcoming compact SUV from the French carmaker will share most of its design bits, features and engine setup with its hatchback sibling. Designed on the CMF-A modular platform, this new compact SUV is likely to be propelled by a 1.0-litre SCe DOHC petrol engine delivering power close to 64bhp – 60bhp. This motor could be paired to a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. In terms of dimensions, the SUV will be longer, wider and taller than its donor hatchback.

Expected Price – Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5.50 lakh

Expected Launch – 2019

11. Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen Polo SUV Rendered Rear

The German carmaker, Volkswagen will bring two new cars based on its highly popular hatchback – Polo. One of them will be a compact SUV that will have its world premiere this year, followed by the launch in 2019. That said, the Polo-based compact SUV will be christened Volkswagen T-Cross. Sharing some of its styling bits with the VW T-ROC, this new SUV will use the VW Group’s MQB-A0 platform. It’s the same architecture used in the new Polo and Virtus sedan. Powering this car will be a 1.0L, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine churning out power output 109bhp. Transmission options will include a manual and a dual-clutch automatic unit.

Expected Price – Rs 9.50 lakh to Rs 15 lakh

Expected Launch – Sometime in 2020

12. MG ZS

The leading Chinese carmaker, SAIC Motor is all set to make its entry the Indian market by 2019. The company will begin its Indian operations under the MG (Morris Garages) brand. The MG ZS could be the first car from the Chinese carmaker in India. With sporty design, premium cabin and efficient engine, the ZS is certainly one of the much-awaited upcoming compact SUVs in India. It’s a five-seater SUV packed with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre petrol engine. While the former generates 109bhp with 160Nm of torque, the latter one delivers 105bhp with 141Nm of torque. Some of its key features include projector headlamps with LED DRLs, black cladding, 17-inch diamond cut alloys, LED taillamps, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel with mounted controls, leather wrapped steering wheel and gearbox, etc.

Expected Price – Rs 9 lakh to Rs 14 lakh

Expected Launch – 2019

13. Kia SP SUV

Korean automaker, Kia had showcased the SP SUV concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The company has confirmed that the production version of the SUV will go on sale in India in 2019. The SUV will be based on the Kia Rio’s platform and will rival the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. Likely to be called Kia Tusker, the SUV will share mechanics with the Creta. It will get a 1.6-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engines. Both manual and automatic versions will be on offer.

Expected Price – Rs 11 lakh to Rs 16 lakh

Expected Launch – 2019

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