Here we listed out five upcoming SUVs for enthusiasts in India
India Loves SUVs. Apart from regular urban-focused SUVs, there is a growing demand for capable SUVs in India. While the numbers of off-road capable SUVs are limited, automakers are now planning to offer their SUVs with some serious off-roading abilities. Here, we have listed out five upcoming SUVs for enthusiasts in India.
Jeep India recently revealed its plan to launch two new SUVs in the country. While one will mark the carmaker’s entry into the subcompact SUV space, the second one will be a 7-seater machine. Codenamed Jeep Low-D, the new 7-seater SUV is likely to be manufactured locally with Compass at Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility. Powering the vehicle could be the BS6-compliant 170bhp, 2.0L Multijet II diesel engine with a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic gearbox options. It might also be offered with a 1.4L MultiAir petrol powertrain. The new Jeep 7-seater SUV might also come with all-wheel-drive layout, thus making it a good off-road SUV. Attributes like high ground clearance, powerful engine and dual-purpose tyres will further enhance its overall performance.
Expected Launch – 2020-21
Expected Price – Rs 25 lakh – 30 lakh
The home-grown UV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra is working on the new-generation Thar SUV. The new model, which has been spotted testing multiple times, will be based on all-new platform meeting the upcoming BNVASP standards. The same architecture will also be used in the next-generation Scorpio. The SUV’s all-new model will also be longer and safer than the existing one. Reports suggest that the 2020 Mahindra Thar will feature a new BS6-ready 2.0L turbo diesel engine with 4X4 drivetrain system. It’s likely to be more refined and capable on the highway. While the original design and boxy stance will be retained, it will see significant cosmetic upgrades. Interior will also be more feature loaded.
Expected Launch – 2020
Expected Price – Rs 7.5 lakh – Rs 11 lakh
The Mahindra Scorpio is certainly one of the most capable SUVs currently on sale in India. Attributes like excellent steering feedback, high ground clearance, capable engine and all-wheel drive system make it a perfect SUV for both highways and tough terrains. The company is planning to give a generation change to its capable off-road SUV sometime next year. The 2020 Mahindra Scorpio will be based on an updated platform; though, it will continue to feature a body-on-frame chassis. Design and styling of the new model will completely different from existing one. Major changes will also be made under the hood. The 2020 Scorpio might come with a new BS6-ready 160bhp, 2.0L diesel engine instead of the existing 140bhp, 2.2L mHawk oil burner. Besides a more power engine, the SUV is likely to get an automatic transmission with front-wheel-drive (FWD) system.
Expected Launch – 2020
Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh – Rs 18 lakh
4. Tata Buzzard
Tata Harrier, which was launched early this year, will soon receive a new more powerful 7-seater version. The 7-seater version of the SUV made its debut as Tata Buzzard at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 2019. The India-spec model, however, will come with a different nameplate. The Tata Buzzard will share its platform (Omega), design elements and features with the 5-seater Harrier. Though, the carmaker has made minor cosmetic changes to its bigger version. While its wheelbase will be similar to the Harrier (2741mm), it will be 62mm longer. Under the hood, the Buzzard will feature the Harrier’s 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine with a 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed torque converter gearbox. This oil burner will be tuned for delivering extra power (around 170PS). Once launched, the Tata Buzzard will go head-to-head against the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector 7-seater.
Expected Launch – End of 2019
Expected Price – Rs 15 lakh – Rs 22 lakh
5. MG Maxus D90
The British carmaker, MG Motor recently introduced its first product in the Indian market. Called the MG Hector, the SUV takes on the multiple models including Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. The carmaker has already confirmed that it will also bring in the 7-seater version of the Hector. Aiming to tap the large SUV segment, the company might roll out the MG Maxus D90 against Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Reports claim that MG’s new 7-seater SUV will hit Indian roads during 2019 festive season. However, there is no official word about its launch timeline. Measuring 5005mm in length, 1932mm in width and 1875mm in height with a wheelbase of 2950mm, the Maxus D90 will be the biggest SUV in its league. In India, it could be offered with petrol and diesel powertrains paired to a 6-speed manual or an automatic gearbox.
Expected Launch – 2019 Festive Season
Expected Price – Rs 30 lakh – Rs 35 lakh