At least 15 new SUVs and crossovers are expected to be launched in the country by 2022 across different segments
The crossover and SUV trend in the Indian market shows no slowing down, and the ever-growing demand for high-riding vehicles has resulted in manufacturers working upon introducing new and more affordable SUVs and crossovers in the country from time to time.
A range of SUVs have already been launched in the country this year, but many more are set to follow soon. We have put together a list of 15 SUVs that are set to be launched in India by 2022, take a look –
1. Skoda Kushaq
Skoda recently revealed the production-ready version of the Kushaq, the car that will mark Skoda’s entry into the mid-size SUV segment. The Kushaq will go on to become the carmaker’s first made-in-India SUV, and is all set to go on sale in July this year.
Powering the entry-level variants of the Skoda Kushaq will be a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder TSI turbo petrol engine producing 115 PS and 175 Nm. On the higher trims, the Kushaq will get a 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol unit rated at 150 PS/250 Nm of torque. A 6-speed MT will be standard, while an optional 6-speed AT will be offered with the former, and a 7-speed DCT with the latter.
2. Volkswagen Taigun
Volkswagen is all set to debut its own mid-size SUV based on the same MQB A0 IN platform as the Skoda Kushaq on March 31. Known as the Taigun, the SUV will be offered with the same 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI engines as its cousin, and is expected to be equipped with features like a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, connected-car tech, automatic climate control, an electric sunroof, ambient lighting, all-LED exterior lighting, LED DRLs, a multi-function instrument cluster and more.
3. Hyundai Alcazar
The growing trend of seven-seat mid-size SUVs has resulted in two new launches in the past few months in the segment, i.e. MG Hector Plus and the new-gen Tata Safari. Now, Hyundai will go on to become the next automaker to join this space with a three-row version of the Creta called the Alcazar.
Teaser images of the Alcazar were recently released, revealing a range of information about the interior and exterior of the upcoming SUV. The Alcazar will get new wraparound LED tail lamps as well as different diamond-cut alloy wheels as compared to the car it is based on. Both 6-seat and 7-seat configurations are expected to be on offer.
4. New-gen Mahindra XUV500
The new-gen XUV500 has been spied on test n number of times in the past, and a debut is finally expected in the coming months. Previous spy shots of the car revealed that it will be equipped with a free-standing dual-screen dashboard that includes a digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, a panoramic sunroof and so on.
Safety tech like seven airbags and level-1 autonomous driving aids like automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist are also expected to be on offer.
5. New-gen Mahindra Scorpio
Recent test mules of the next-gen Scorpio revealed that the next-gen SUV will be offered with an electric sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/65 section tyres, new roof rails, a shark fin antenna, projector headlamps, new LED tail lamps, a rear spoiler and a high mounted stop lamp.
Powering the new-gen Scorpio could be the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel and 2.0-litre mStallion turbo petrol engines as the Mahindra Thar. However, the engines on the Scorpio will likely be offered in a higher state of tune.
6. Tata HBX
Tata is currently working on launching a new micro-SUV that will go on to become the entry point for the carmaker’s SUV portfolio in the country. Showcased as the HBX concept at the 2020 Auto Expo, the production-ready version of the car will likely be named Hornbill.
The micro SUV will be based on Tata’s Imapct 2.0 design language, and will come equipped with features like a semi-digital instrument cluster, a Harman-sourced premium It will be plonked with the same 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine (86 PS/113 Nm) as the Tiago, Tigor and Altroz. Transmissions options will include a 5-speed MT and an optional automatic gearbox.
7. MG Astor (ZS Petrol)
At the 2020 Auto Expo last year, MG Motor revealed a petrol-powered version of the ZS SUV, which until now has only been offered as a pure EV in the country. The ICE version of the ZS could be called Astor, and will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in the country.
Powering the car could be 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, as well as 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engines. The former could produce around 120 PS and 150 Nm, while the latter could be rated at 163 PS/230 Nm. The transmission options will likely include a 6-speed manual gearbox, as well as an optional automatic.
8. Citroen CC21
While the C5 Aircross is set to launch soon, Citroen is already preparing its second offering for the Indian market, i.e. a sub-4m SUV. Internally codenamed CC21, the car will be based on Groupe PSA’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), unlike the PSA EMP2 platform that underpins its sibling, the C5.
The CC21 is expected to be offered with both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines. While the NA petrol engine will likely only be offered with a manual transmission, the latter is expected to get both manual as well as automatic gearbox options.
9. 5-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny
Maruti Suzuki showcased the three-door Jimny Sierra at the 2020 Auto Expo in February in order to gauge customer response for the boxy off-roading specialist in the country. However, Maruti Suzuki will likely be introducing a new exclusive 5-door version of the SUV here.
The Jimny could be offered with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 105 PS of maximum power, along with 138 Nm of peak torque. Just like the foreign-spec model, the engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox along with a low-range gearbox for off-roading. It is yet to be seen if an automatic gearbox would be offered with the car.
10. Jeep Patriot (7-seat Compass)
Jeep is working on launching a three-row version of the Compass, and camouflaged test mules of the SUV has been spied on test a host of times in the past few months. While the SUV has been internally codenamed H6, new reports suggest that the production-ready version of the SUV could actually be named ‘Patriot’.
The features on offer with the Patriot will likely include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable front seats, connected car technology, a powered tailgate, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, as well as multiple airbags.
11. Next-gen Toyota Fortuner
Toyota recently introduced the Fortuner facelift in the Indian market, and the mid-life update brought along a range of new features, a more powerful engine and the new Legender variant to the table. However, the rivals are still much ahead of the Fortuner as far as equipment is concerned.
During an interaction with Autocar India, Yoshiki Konishi, Chief Engineer, Toyota Motor Corporation, confirmed that the next-gen Fortuner will be launched sometime next year. He also revealed that the SUV will retain its ladder-on-frame chassis, while will be equipped with a range of new features.
12. New-gen Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was on the receiving end of a mid-life facelift last year, however, the Japanese carmaker is already in the works of introducing a new-gen model for the car, which is expected to be launched in the country next year. As of now, the current-gen Vitara Brezza has been priced from Rs 7.39 – 11.20 lakh (ex-showroom).
However, the introduction of the new-gen model will lead to an increase in its price considering the changes that will be made to the car. The next-gen Vitara Brezza will come equipped with a range of new features which will help it give tougher competition to more modern rivals like Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue etc.
13. Creta-rivaling Toyota-Maruti SUV
In December last year, Maruti Suzuki revealed in a regulatory filing that Toyota’s Bidadi manufacturing facility in Karnataka will be responsible for the production of a new SUV, which will be sold by both brands. This SUV will directly rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, and will be positioned above the Vitara Brezza in Maruti Suzuki’s line-up, while the Toyota version of the car will be positioned above the Urban Cruiser.
The car will be based on Toyota’s DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture), which is designed specifically for emerging markets. Powering the car could be the same 1.5-litre petrol engine as the Vitara Brezza. This engine produces 105 PS and 138 Nm. Mild-hybrid tech will likely also be on offer as standard.
14. Maruti Suzuki Baleno-based Magnite-rivaling SUV
According to recent speculations, Maruti Suzuki is currently in the works of introducing a new sub-4m SUV crossover that has been internally codenamed YTB. This new model is expected to be based on Baleno, and will be pitted against the likes of Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.
It should be noted that Maruti Suzuki already has a sub-4m SUV in its line-up – the Vitara Brezza. However, the new crossover will not replace the SUV, and instead, will be positioned under the Vitara Brezza.
15. Hyundai AX micro SUV
Hyundai is in the works of introducing its most affordable SUV in India which has been internally codenamed as the ‘AX1’, the micro-SUV has been spied on test a range of times in the country as well as outside.
Previous py shots suggest that the Hyundai AX1 will feature a high-riding stance along with a boxy silhouette that will make it look rugged. Test mules have been spotted with functional roof rails, diamond-cut alloy wheels as well as LED tail lamps, and all these features are expected to make way to the production car as well.
Whole-Dimension SUVs Sales In April 2021 – Fortuner, Endeavour, Gloster, Alturas
Toyota Fortuner continued to sit at the top rated of the complete-dimension SUV product sales charts as 1,414 units ended up recorded in the month of April 2021
The whole-sized SUV phase has the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour sitting down at the top rated two positions for a very long period of time. In the thirty day period of April 2021, the situation did not modify as the Fortuner recorded a cumulative domestic tally of 1,414 unit income though the Ford Endeavour posted a overall of 840 units.
The Fortuner gained a facelifted before this 12 months alongside the addition of the Legender variant for the initial time at any time in a completely-loaded automatic trim. The 2021 Toyota Fortuner arrives with a host of exterior and inside modifications and the 2.8-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine’s overall performance numbers had been enhanced to 204 PS and 500 Nm.
Because the arrival of the MG Gloster, the rivalry in the comprehensive-sizing SUV phase has truly intensified. Final thirty day period, the Gloster was accountable for a tally of 302 models. The BSVI compliant Isuzu MU-X is scheduled to go on sale on May 10, 2021 and is the exact product retailed in India in its BSIV avatar with out any beauty adjustments.
|Full-Size SUVs (YoY)||April 2021 Sales||April 2020 Product sales|
|1. Toyota Fortuner||1,414|
|2. Ford Endeavour||840|
|3. MG Gloster||302|
|4. Hyundai Tucson||105|
|5. Mahindra Alturas G4||24|
In India, the Fortuner can be had with a 2.7-litre petrol engine as effectively though the Fortuner employs a 2.-litre 4-cylinder EcoBlue diesel pumping a most electric power output of 168 PS at 3,500 rpm and 420 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm. It is paired with the marketplace-initially 10-pace computerized transmission. The MG Gloster is out there with a 2.-litre diesel engine in two distinct states of tune.
The single turbo version provides 163 PS and 375 Nm in the Tremendous and Intelligent trims while the twin-turbocharged unit is superior ample for 218 PS and 480 Nm. It is joined with an 8-speed torque converter automated transmission. In the gross sales table, the Hyundai Tucson finished in the fourth placement with 105 units in April 2021.
The Mahindra Alturas G4, rebadged SsangYong Rexton G4, garnered a full of 24 models to finish in the fifth position. Mahindra not long ago trademarked the XUV900 and it could be employed on a 7-seater flagship SUV in the around long term. We do not know if the Alturas G4 will acquire this badge or not but.
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