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.
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)
One of the largest UV makers in India, Mahindra is planning to add several new SUVs in its lineup in the next 2 years. The homegrown automaker is also working on a new compact SUV – Codenamed S201 – to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Based on the Tivoli platform, the SUV will be designed with inputs from the Pininfarina and will share some components with Tivoli. If reports are to be believed, the new SUV will be called Mahindra XUV300.
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 S201 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 9 lakh – Rs 13 lakh
Expected Launch – Late 2018 or Early 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 2018-19 fiscal year. Unlike the global-spec that underpins the V platform, the India-bound model will use the Terrano’s low-cost BO platform.
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 roo 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 7.0-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 8.5 lakh – Rs 13 lakh
Expected Launch – 2018
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.
To be based on the Hyundai i20 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 1.4-litre CRDi oil burner good for 89bhp of power and 220Nm of torque.
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. Ford Kuga
Ford is planning to launch a 5-seater premium SUV in the Indian market. Previous reports suggest that the company could launch the Kuga SUV in India to fill the void between EcoSport and Endeavour. In a recent development, Mahindra and Ford has collaborated for their future products. Ford’s next SUV will use the next generation Mahindra XUV500 platform. Though, design will be all-new. We believe that the SUV could be called Kuga and could share styling cues from this global model.
The new model shares some styling cues with the new Endeavour, sporting similar front profile. Key hexagonal front grille, pulled-back headlamps, short rear glass, large alloys and chunky bonnet give Kuga an assertive look. Inside the cabin, the SUV benefits from a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, GPS and SYNC 3.
In India, Kuga could be available with the 2.0-litre TDI oil burner good for 147bhp and 370Nm of torque. While the petrol version is likely to use the 1.5-litre EcoBoost unit that makes 179bhp and 177Nm of torque. The carline is expected to be offered with the 6-speed manual and automatic units.
Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh – Rs 18 lakh
Expected Launch – 2019-20
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 is expected to produce somewhere around 140bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic versions will be on offer along with an optional 4-wheel-drive system.
Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh – Rs 16 lakh
Expected Launch – Q1, 2019
Japanese automaker is contemplating to bring the new generation Rush SUV in India, in a bid to gain some market share in the fast growing SUV segment. Toyota has recently launched the new Rush in the Indonesian market, and the same model could also make its way to our market. This model is based on a low-cost platform, which will help Toyota to price it competitively in the market.
In terms of styling, the 2018 Toyota Rush receives comprehensive design and feature upgrades. Some of the design highlights include new black finish grille flanked by bi-beam LED reflector headlamps, silver bumper garnish, L-shaped daytime running lights, a long hexagonal radiator grille, blackened fog lamps, pronounced hood, high-mounted LED stop lamp, LED tail-lights, rear spoileer and large windshield with wiper. In terms of dimensions, the SUV is 4,435mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,705mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2685mm.
Inside the cabin, the new Rush has newly designed dashboard with soft-touch materials and beige trims, manual air-conditioning unit with memory function and a 7-inch touchscreen with Miracast and weblink capabilities integrated on the centre console. It is powered by a 2NR-VE, 4-cylinder petrol engine benefitted with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) technology. This petrol engine is capable of producing 102.57bhp and 141Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh – Rs 15 lakh
Expected Launch Date – 2019-2020
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 – 2018-19
Buoyed by excellent response for Vitara Brezza, Maruti is planning to launch a premium SUV for the Indian market. To be sold through NEXA dealerships as flagship SUV, the new SUV could be the seven-seat version of the Vitara SUV, available on sale in select countries. Likely to be called Grand Vitara, the SUV will take on the like of Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV500. The company could also launch the five-seater model, which has already been spotted testing on the Indian roads. The five-seater model will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur.
The SUV is likely to be powered by a 1.6-litre MJD diesel engine that is capable of producing 118bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. Interestingly, media reports claim that Maruti will also source the 2.0-litre MJD engine from FCA. This engine could power the 7-seater model. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and an automatic unit.
Expected Launch – 2019
Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh to Rs 18 lakh
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.
These Upcoming SUVs Will Cost You Between Rs 10 Lakh – Rs 15 Lakh
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