With the pandemic situation getting under control, all carmakers are back on track with production and sales. Many companies have also geared up with scheduled launches of new and exciting products for the remaining part of 2021. The trend in India has shifted from hatchback and sedans to compact and Midsize SUVs. People are attracted to SUVs for their comfort, space and off-road capabilities. The segment has grown bigger with mini SUVs, Compact SUVs, crossovers, mid-size SUVs and MPVs. We will discuss the 10 upcoming SUVs set for the Indian market.
Tata has been emphasizing its market presence by providing new or updated products over the years. The new addition they have been planning for some time is the mini SUV HBX. The mini SUV will be based on the brands ‘ALFA platform, which will underpin 2022 Tiago, Tigor and Nexon. The SUV will feature the same 1.2L naturally aspirated revotron petrol engine. The car will be unveiled by the end of 2021.
MG Astor will be the petrol variant of the existing MG ZS EV which is expected to arrive in the second half of this year. The SUV gets the same silhouette as the ZS EV with new design bits to distinguish them. The SUV will get two petrol motors, a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine and a 1.3L turbocharged engine. It is rumoured to feature an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which could be the first in its segment
Volkswagen is all set to commence the production of its new Compact SUV Taigun from 18 August 2021. The launch of the SUV is expected to happen around the 3rd week of September. The SUV is based on the brand’s MQB AO IN platform which is also featured in the newly launched Skoda Kushaq. The SUVs will also share the same motors under the hood, a 1.0L TSI petrol and a 1.5L TSI petrol engine.
Mahindra has decided to replace the XUV500 with its new XUV700 which is yet to be launched. However, the XUV500 nameplate is rumoured to return as a 5-seater SUV in 2024 or 2025. The XUV500 5-seater SUV will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier.
Maruti-Toyota Mid-size SUV
Evidently, we know the Maruti Suzuki-Toyota’s partnership where Maruti shares the existing models with Toyota which is sold under a different nameplate. This time they have been jointly developing a new midsize SUV that is reported to be launched in 2022-2023 in India. Rumoured to be based on Toyota’s DNGA (Daihatsu New Generation Architecture) platform the SUV will be produced in Toyota’s Bidadi plant in Karnataka.
Mahindra’s upcoming launch in India will be the all-new 7-seater SUV XUV700. Replacing the existing XUV500 will be the brand’s flagship model in India. The SUVs main focus is on technology and we have already seen a few segment-first features teased by Mahindra prior to its launch. It will be equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.2L turbocharged diesel engine. The XUV700 is expected to launch on 15 August and deliveries will commence in later months.
Bolero Neo Plus
Mahindra recently launched the Bolero Neo that replaced the TUV300 in their lineup. Bolero Neo is already a 7-seater SUV with jump seats in the third row but feels a little crumpled inside. Mahindra had a sibling to the TUV300 called the TUV300 Plus which was 400mm longer for better cabin space. We have spy images of the Bolero Neo Plus which will replace the TUV300 Plus with improved comfort and space inside. Unlike the Bolero Neo, Bolero Neo Plus might feature a larger 2.2L mHawk diesel engine. There is no official word on the launch, but we expect the SUV to come in 2022.
Mahindra has planned on introducing 9 different cars to the Indian market by 2026. The next car on the launch list will be the Scorpio and is expected to make its way to the market early next year. Mahindra will use the new ladder-frame chassis currently used in the Thar. The Scorpio will receive a major generation update and will retain the upright and boxy design from older models. There are no details on the spec of the car, but reports suggest it will feature the new 2.0L petrol and 2.2L diesel engine from Mahindra.
Honda’s plan of introducing a new Compact SUV to India by 2022 was recently ditched and they instead plan on coming up with a mid-size SUV. This decision has forced Honda to introduce the new SUV in 2023. The SUV will be based on the City platform and they plan on achieving up to 90% localisation. It is rumoured that the SUV will be offered in both 5-seater and 7-seater configurations.
Similar to Hyundai Alcazar and Tata Safari, the Jeep Meridian will be a three-row derivative of the existing compact SUV, the Jeep Compass. The Meridian will share most of its body panels with the Compass, but the major changes are seen after the B-pillar. With improved material quality, the Meridian will feature a similar cabin layout as the Compass. The same 4-cylinder 2.0L engine in the Jeep will be used for the Meridian but in a different state of tune.
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