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These Upcoming SUVs Will Cost You Between Rs 10 Lakh – Rs 15 Lakh

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Check out the list of upcoming new SUVs that will be priced between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh.

SUVs are currently the most favoured vehicles among Indian buyers. In order to mark strong presence in the growing SUV segment, every carmaker in India is trying to add a SUV to their portfolio. While there are many sub-categories within this space, pricing plays an important role in drawing a line between the volume products and the premium vehicles. That said, the compact segment and the sub-four meter SUVs are more in demand due to their affordable pricing, frugal engines and equipment level. Here we bring you a list of upcoming SUVs in India that will be priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, slated to launch in the next 2 years.

1. New Renault Duster

First launched in 2012, Duster was the first successful model from Renault upon its return to India. The SUV enjoyed pinnacle until new options were introduced in the market. In a bid to overpower fierce competition in the segment, Duster will soon see a generation change. The new model was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show under Dacia badge. However, the French automaker has also unveiled the SUV under Renault nameplate.

The vehicle will soon make its debut in Russia at the 2018 Moscow International Motor Show, and the same model will also make its way to Indian market. The new generation Duster is based on the thoroughly modified BO/Logan platform, which is the same architecture that underpins the SUV’s current generation model. The SUV looks more mature, thanks to the comprehensive aesthetic updates. It features Renault badge and an Alaskan design inspired unique grille, sleeker headlamps, new LED daytime running lights, wider air-dam and new crease lines on the bonnet. The SUV rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with a wider track and revised side panels for flared wheel arches.

Majority of the changes can be seen inside, as it appears more upmarket and plusher than the current model. It features a new four-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, a large touchscreen infotainment system with connected car applications, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and new upholstery for seats. The India-spec model is most likely to feature the existing set of engines – 1.5-litre K9K diesel and 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol. While the former offers two states of tunes – 84bhp/208Nm and 108bhp/248Nm, the gasoline unit is good for 105bhp and 142Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic versions are likely to be on offer.

Expected Price – Rs 9 lakh – Rs 16 lakh
Expected Launch – 2019 (5-seater version)

2. Mahindra XUV300

One of the largest UV makers in India, Mahindra is all set to add several new SUVs in its lineup in February 2019. Called Mahindra XUV300, the sub-4 meter SUV will take on Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. Based on the Tivoli platform, the SUV will be designed with inputs from the Pininfarina and will share some components with Tivoli.

The SUV will come with two seat layouts – 5 and 7. While the five-seater model sits below 4 meter in length, the 7-seater model will measure above 4 meter to rival Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Coming to the engines, Mahindra XUV300 will be equipped with newly developed 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. Media reports claim that the new SUV will be the most powerful in its league. Both manual and automatic versions of the SUV will be on offer.

Expected Price – Rs 8 lakh – Rs 13 lakh
Expected Launch – February 2019

3. Nissan Kicks

After launching the Kicks SUV in Brazil, Nissan is gearing up to launch this 5-seater SUV in the Indian market. In fact, Japanese automaker has confirmed that the SUV will go on sale in India in January 2019. Unlike the global-spec that underpins the V platform, the India-bound model will use the Terrano’s low-cost BO platform.

Nissan Kicks side view

In terms of design and styling, the new Kicks looks more modern than other Nissan models in India. Design highlights include a honeycomb grille with chrome surroundings, angular sweptback headlamps with LED signature and bold bumper. The car will come with floating roof with dual-tone paintjob. On sides, the SUV gets prominent character lines, flared wheel arches with body cladding and large alloy wheels. At the back, the SUV has muscular bumper, roof-mounted spoiler and boomerang tail-lamps.

It is expected that the Nissan Kicks will share some of its cabin features with Captur crossover; however, it will have different dashboard design. The SUV will get a 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected car applications, flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls, start/stop button, automatic climate control, etc. The SUV will be offered with two engine options – 1.5-litre H4K petrol and 1.5-litre K9K diesel – producing 104.5bhp/142NM and 108bhp/245Nm respectively.

Expected Price – Rs 9.5 lakh – Rs 15 lakh
Expected Launch – 2019 January

4. Hyundai Styx

Having set the cash registers ringing with Creta in the compact SUV segment, Hyundai has now set its sight on the burgeoning subcompact SUV space. The company displayed Carlino concept at 2016 Auto Expo, where the SUV skewed attention of the media pundits and on-lookers’ alike.

Hyundai Carlino at Auto Expo 2016

To be based on the Hyundai Santro platform, Carlino will go against Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the segment. While the specs have been kept under the wraps, but it is believed that Carlino could plonk a 1.5-litre CRDi oil burner.

If we go by reports in media, the SUV could also receive a 118bhp petrol engine to the carline from the global-spec i20 hatchback. Transmission choices are likely to include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic unit.

Expected Price – Rs 8 lakh – Rs 12 lakh
Expected Launch – 2019

5. Next-gen Maruti Vitara

The first model in our list of upcoming SUVs in the price range of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh is the next-gen Maruti Suzuki Vitara. It is almost confirmed that the Indo-Japanese brand is working on a mid-sized SUV to challenge the dominance of Hyundai Creta. The SUV is scheduled to be launched in 2020. It will be based on the nex-gen Suzuki Vitara platform, which is also under development. The new SUV is expected to arrive in 2 seating layouts – 5 and 7-seater. It will also mark the debut of brand’s new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The diesel version will get the new 1.5-litre engine that will also power the Ciaz, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza.

Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh – Rs 15 lakh
Expected Launch – 2020

6. Tata Harrier

Tata Motors, the homegrown automaker will launch a new premium SUV based on the H5X concept in India in the first quarter of 2019. Called the Tata Harrier, the new SUV will be the brand’s first model to feature new IMPACT DESIGN 2.0 design philosophy. It will be based on the company’s new OMEGA platform that is essentially the modified Land Rover Discovery platform.

The company will also launch a 7-seater model based on this SUV. The Harrier will be a 5-seater SUV to challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. Tata will aim at aggressive pricing tag for this model, expected around Rs 12 lakh – Rs 16 lakh. It will be powered by Fiat’s 2.0-litre MJD diesel engine that also powers the Jeep Compass. Tata will detune this engine for more fuel efficiency and better mid and low-range performance. It produces around 140bhp of power and 350Nm of torque.

Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh – Rs 16 lakh
Expected Launch – January, 2019

7. Honda HR-V

Japanese automaker, Honda will launch its global HR-V SUV in India in late 2019 or early 2020. The HR-V is based on the Jazz platform, which also underpins the City sedan. So, localisation won’t be an issue for Honda. It will be available with 2 engine options – 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The diesel engine is capable of producing 118bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Both engines will be tuned to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms.

Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh – Rs 16 lakh
Expected Launch Date – 2019-2020

8 Jeep Renegade

Buoyed by positive response for Compass, Jeep is now planning to launch the locally developed Renegade compact SUV in the Indian market. To be slotted below Compass, this model will rival the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Likely to be priced around Rs 10 lakh, the new model will be developed at FCA’s Ranjangaon facility. Additionally, the company will also export this SUV to RHD (Right Hand Drive) markets.

The Jeep Renegade is likely to share engine specs with the Compass SUV. While the petrol engine is likely to be a 138bhp, 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir, the oil burner could be the detuned 2.0-litre Multijet turbo unit producing 138bhp. Jeep could also use the 1.6-litre MJD diesel engine that produces 120bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic unit.

Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh

Expected Launch Date – 2020-21

9. Kia SP

Kia Motors is all set to launch its first model in the Indian market in 2019. The company will launch a premium SUV based on the SP Concept that debuted at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Likely to be called Kia Trazor, the SUV is based on the modified Creta’s platform. It will be available with 2 engine options – 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both manual and automatic versions will be on offer. The SUV will challenge the likes of Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks.

Expected Launch – 2019

Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh

10 .Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T Cross Breeze side profile

German premium carmaker, VW is also working on a compact SUV to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. The new model will be developed on VW Group’s MQB-A0 platform that also underpins the new generation Polo hatchback. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in concept form. Testing of the car has already been started, while launch could take place in 2018, 19.

In India, this model will be based on the locally developed MQB AO IN platform. This platform will also underpin a premium hatchback and a mid-sized sedan. It will be produced at the Volkswagen Group’s Chakan based plant.

Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh

Expected Launch Date – 2020

11. Toyota Compact SUV

Toyota has recently joined hands with the Suzuki to produce vehicle for growing markets. Both companies will share products, engine and technology. Maruti will provide its Vitara Brezza and Baleno to Toyota. The revised Brezza will be sold under Toyota nameplate. If reports are to be believed, the launch will take place in 2019.

This will also mark the entry of Toyota in the growing sub-4 meter compact SUV space. It will rival the likes of Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. The Toyota spec model is likely to come in both petrol and diesel guise.

12. Skoda Vision X

Czech automaker, Skoda will launch a 5-seater premium SUV in India in 2020. The new SUV will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO In platform that will also underpin the VW T-Cross compact SUV. The SUV will make its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It will be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is expected to produce over 110bhp of power. It will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and others in its category.

Expected Launch – Mid-2020
Expected Price – Rs 11 lakh – Rs 15 lakh

These Upcoming SUVs Will Cost You Between Rs 10 Lakh – Rs 15 Lakh
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