12 Upcoming SUVs In India In The Foreseeable Future

by Mohammed Burman | 16/03/2019
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SUVs are becoming one of the most popular vehicles of Indian car buyers, thanks to their rougher appearance and better practicality as compared to other types of cars. The next two years will witness a wide range of SUVs launched in India. Here is a list of 12 upcoming SUVs in India

SUVs are now offered in various segments by all the major auto manufacturers, which already have a strong business basis in the market. But this teeming segment does not only welcome old players but also newcomers as well with other carmakers also preparing new SUVs. In the list below, we are going to provide you with a list of 12 new SUVs scheduled to be launched in India in the near future. Read on before making a decision to have an SUV delivered to your garage as we have listed as many as 12 upcoming SUVs in India. 

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Upcoming SUVs in India in 2019

Hyundai Styx

  • Expected launch: Mid 2019

Making its first debut as the Carlino concept at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Hyundai Styx will be the first compact SUV to be produced by the South Korean automaker. Before its launch in mid 2019, the Styx will be revealed at the New York Motor Show.  

The SUV borrows the platform from the Hyundai Grand i10, which will be refined to harmonize the former. Under the hood of the upcoming Hyundai Styx are likely to be a 1.0L turbo petrol engine and a 1.5L diesel unit.  While the former will deliver 118 bhp against 171 Nm, the latter is expected to produce 115 bhp against 250 Nm. Hyundai is also likely to introduce a BSVI-compliant 1.2L Kappa and a ‘SmartAuto’ AMT unit on the new Styx SUV.  Once launched, the SUV will rival the Ford EcoSport, the Tata Nexon and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

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Based on the Hyundai Carlino concept, the Hyundai Styx will be launched in India later this year

Kia SP2i

  • Expected launch: Mid 2019

Kia has been preparing for its debut in India for quite some time now. Realizing the increasing demand for SUVs in the Indian auto market, the South Korean auto manufacturer has decided to launch an SUV as its first product in India.

Based on the SP concept which was displayed earlier, the Kia SP2i will share the platform and some mechanical specifications with the upcoming facelifted Hyundai Creta. It is expected to be the best-equipped SUVs in the segment. The Kia SP2i SUV is likely to use a 1.4L turbocharged petrol motor which is good for 140 bhp. Moreover, Kia is also anticipated to expand the engine options with the 1.5L petrol and diesel units. Both the engines are mated to a standard MT gearbox and an optional AT unit.

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The Kia SPi2 will be the first product from Kia for India

Skoda Karoq

  • Expected launch: Q3 2019

Skoda has already kicked off the production of the Karoq SUV in its Aurangabad facility. It will come to Indian shores through the completely knocked down route and be locally assembled to keep the price down. It is underpinned by Volkswagen’s MQB platform, which also supports other Skoda products such as the Octavia, the Superb and the Kodiaq. Its appearance resembles the Kodiaq SUV, but with smaller dimensions.

The engine provision duties on the car will be implemented by a 1.5L turbo petrol engine and a 2.0L diesel motor. A 1.6L diesel unit coupled with a DSG dual-clutch AT gearbox which properly adheres to the upcoming BS-VI norms will also be available. It is expected to be priced in the range from INR 25 lakh to INR 30 lakh and compete against the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass.

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Once launched in India, the Skoda Karoq will rival against the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tuson 

MG Hector

  • Expected launch: Latter half of 2019

MG has recently announced the name of its upcoming SUV which will be launched in India in the latter half of 2019 to be the MG Hector. It will have similar dimensions with the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V and will be replete with the most cutting-edge features in its segment including connected applications and segment-leading safety standard features. But contrary to common knowledge, the large dimensions and the top-notch features will not translate into an exorbitant price tag. It is likely to be aggressively priced from INR 16 lakh to INR 20 lakh.

In terms of the engine, the Hector SUV will be powered by a 1.5L turbo petrol motor with 141 bhp and 250 Nm and a 2.0L diesel engine borrowed from the Jeep Compass. While the former will be mated to a 7-speed DCT gearbox, the latter is likely to be paired with a 6-speed MT unit.

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MG Hector SUV is expected to be equipped with segment-leading features

Tata Buzzard

  • Expected launch: End 2019 

Being a 7-seater of the Tata Harrier, the Tata Buzzard will become the flagship SUV of the home-grown automaker once launched. While borrowing the Omega Arc platform from the Tata Harrier with a similar wheelbase, the Buzzard SUV has much bigger dimensions than its smaller sibling. The most fundamental differences between the two SUVs are the addition of the third seat row, greater length and height, a somewhat different rear and perhaps more powerful motors.

The Buzzard will receive its power from a 2.0L KRYOTEC motor, the same as the Tata Harrier but the engine will be refined a little bit to produce a greater power/torque output of around 170 bhp/350 Nm. The car is likely to borrow the 6-speed MT gearbox from the Harrier.  We expect Tata Motors to introduce a petrol engine and an AMT gearbox on the Tata Buzzard to increase its competitiveness against other vehicles in the same segment. Expected to be the largest 7-seater SUV in India once launched, the Tata Buzzard will have a starting price at around INR 14.5 lakh.

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Despite being based on the Tata Harrier, the Tata Buzzard will have much greater dimensions and a more powerful engine

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Skoda Kamiq

  • Expected launch: 2020

Skoda is intending to enter the Indian mid-sized compact SUV segment with the Kamiq SUV. With this SUV, the Czech auto manufacturer will provide the Indian SUV enthusiasts with a feature-laden and premium alternative. The forthcoming Skoda Kamiq will share the MQB-A0 platform with the Volkswagen T-Cross. Having been spotted testing in foreign countries, the SUV will be showcased under its production form at the New York Auto Show before making its way to the 2020 Delhi Auto Show in India.

Despite its multiple engine options in the global market, so far, the India-spec model has been confirmed to be powered by only a 1.0L TSI which can pump out two states of tunes: 95PS/175Nm and 115PS/200Nm.

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Skoda is going to provide the Kamiq SUV for the Indian SUV enthusiasts as a well-equipped and premium alternative

Mahindra XUV500

  • Expected launch: 2020

One of the most hot-selling SUVs in India, the Mahindra XUV500, will also receive a facelift in 2020. Back to its first launch in 2011, it was the first SUV to be supported by a monocoque chassis from the domestic automaker. Soon after that, it has sold like hot cakes in the Indian market. Up to now, Mahindra has given the SUV only one mid-life facelift with a fresher front and several new features. The SUV has started to show its age and faced the fierce competition from other more modern SUVs. In this situation, Mahindra has decided to launch a new-gen Mahindra XUV500 in 2020.

The new XUV500 SUV will be underpinned by a new platform and receive the power from new 2.0L petrol and diesel motors which also powers the Scorpio and the Thar but will be tuned to provide a different state of tune.

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Mahindra will launch the new gen of its hot-selling SUV, the XUV500 next year

Mahindra Thar

  • Expected launch: 2020

The new Mahindra Thar may be the most expected vehicle by the SUV enthusiasts, especially off-roaders. The facelifted vehicle has been spotted testing several times and appears to have much greater dimensions than the current model. It is underpinned by a brand-new platform which also supports the Scorpio. Replete with a wide range of safety features such as airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, the Thar can fully comply with the new safety standards.

It will receive the power from a new 2.0L diesel motor with a maximum power of 140 bhp and a peak torque of 300 Nm. The facelifted Mahindra Thar is also equipped with a new suspension system and front coil springs.  

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Having been spotted testing numerous times, the new Mahindra Thar will be launched in India in 2020

Mahindra Scorpio

  • Expected launch: 2020

Another SUV which will be launched next year by the home-grown automaker is the Mahindra Scorpio, which is one of the best-selling SUVs in the Indian market. The SUV has recorded its great sales number since 2002 and Mahindra wants to maintain its good operation with the new model.

As per reports, the new-gen Mahindra Thar is projected to be launched right after the new BS-VI standards take effect in April next year. It is expected to keep under its hood a 2.0L motor with a maximum power/torque output of 140 bhp/320 Nm. The power will be spread to the wheels through a brand-new 6-speed gearbox.

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The facelifted Mahindra Scorpio is slated for launch next year

Hyundai Creta

  • Expected launch: 2020

The Hyundai Creta has been dominating the Indian compact SUV segment for quite some time now. To reinforce the position of its vehicle in the segment, the South Korean automaker will launch the next generation of the Creta next year.

The new-gen model will have greater dimensions and much more top-notch features than the current one. It will be powered by 1.5L petrol and diesel motors, which will be coupled to MT and AT gearbox. A hybrid and all-electric variant, as well as a 7-seater version of the Creta SUV, are also reported to be in the process of development by Hyundai.

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The 2020 Hyundai Creta is expected to help the South Korean automaker reinforce its position in the compact SUV segment

Tata Hornbill

  • Expected launch: End 2020

The Hornbill SUV is designed based on the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy of Tata and underpinned by the ALFA Arc chassis. The Hornbill’s targeted customers will be the people who have a hectic lifestyle and desire for a comfortable, practical, flexible but powerful SUV. The Hornbill SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.2L petrol motor mated to both 5-speed MT and AT gearbox. Once launched, it will pose a direct threat to the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Ignis.

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The targeted customers of the 2020 Tata Hornbill are people who have an active lifestyle

Tata Blackbird

Expected launch: End 2020 or early 2022

Considering the increasing popularity of SUVs in India, Tata has decided to discontinue the plan to produce a mid-size sedan to compete against the Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Instead, the home-grown auto manufacturer will introduce a brand-new SUV, the Tata Blackbird, which will rival the Hyundai Creta.

Underpinned by the same Tata’s Alpha platform as the forthcoming Tata Altroz, the Blackbird SUV will be positioned between the Nexon and the Harrier. The production model of the SUV is likely to be powered by a 1.2 turbo petrol engine with a maximum power of 120 bhp and a 1.5L turbo diesel with even greater power output.

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The Tata Blackbird, once launched, will pose a direct threat to the Hyundai Creta

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Above is the list of 12 upcoming SUVs for India. After reading it, have you decided on the best suitable one for yourself? If the answer is no, do not rush because buying a car is one of the most important decisions to be made which requires careful consideration. If the answer is yes, please share with us in the comment section below. 

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